Public Events

Out-of-this-World Gifts!

At the Cincinnati Observatory Gift Shop 
Sunday November 23, 1-4pm (also open for history tours)
Saturday November 29,  7-10pm

Just in time for the Holidays, the Observatory's Gift Shop will be open throughout the holiday season.

Before you buy that "toy store" telescope learn what to consider when purchasing a telescope for yourself, a friend or your children.  The Observatory Gift Shop stocks a selection of Orion brand telescopes that our astronomers have recommended.

Also available: Meteorites, Books, Science Activity Kits, Star Charts, Gift Memberships for the Stargazer in your Family, Observatory Merchandise and more!  Special open dates with special rates are:

Cost:   Free. No reservations needed.
For more information call us at: 513-321-5186.


Holiday Event at the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday December 14, from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for the 39th year of this Mount Lookout tradition.  As the neighborhood lights up the streets, the Cincinnati Observatory will open its buildings and telescopes for the general public.  Cruise from Mount Lookout Square to the Observatory for carolers, stargazing, spacey gift shop, and hot drinks.  Plus shop for out-of-this-world holiday gifts like astronomy books, telescopes, and meteorites. 

Viewing of Mars will be available early and then the telescopes will focus on the stars (weather permitting). 

Perfect for all ages.

Cost: Free

No reservations required. 

For more information call 513-321-5186.

Heart Nebula



Saturday December 20
From 10:30 pm-12:00 am

Can’t sleep? Looking for a romantic Saturday night out under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You'll get to use the oldest big telescope in the U.S. to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night (weather permitting). Get a sneak preview of the next season’s planets and stars a month or two ahead of everyone else. 

For adults only. If the weather does not permit viewing, we’ll have fun with some of the crazy science experiments and show you around the Observatory.

Admission is $15 per person

Make your reservation online!

Or call 513-321-5186