The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

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Welcome to the


We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, scouts and history buffs. We offer public astronomy programs and stargazing every Thursday & Friday evening and dozens of special events throughout the year.



A National Historic Landmark


When you explore the beautiful buildings and see through the large, historic telescopes, you'll step back in time and space.  

Learn more about our mission and watch our New Video




Late Night, Date Night


The ultimate romantic night under the stars, and the hottest ticket to the Observatory 


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Celebrate the season at our annual holiday open house (complete with telescopes)

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Gift Memberships


This is the season for giving and you can give the people on your list the stars, Moon, planets, and two giant telescopes.

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Join Us

Join, donate, and volunteer to make the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" a vibrant center for education and wonder

Public Events

See "What's Up" at the Observatory.  Each season has a new planet, star cluster, or nebula to explore

School Programs

Plan a field trip, schedule an outreach visit to your classroom, or gather the scouts for an evening at the Observatory