The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Visiting Hours 52 Weeks of Astronomy ScopeOut 2019



Welcome to the


We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory and a National Historic Landmark used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, scouts and history buffs.



Visiting the Observatory


We are open Daytime Hours to see the historic buildings and telescopes, Monday-Friday from Noon-4pm.

And Visit Us in the Evening to view through the telescopes to see the Moon, stars, and planets most Thursday and Friday nights at 8:30pm





August 31, from 10:30pm-Midnight

 Our most popular adult program is back!  Spend a romantic night on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Observatory.

Stay Up Late 








In 2019, we're bringing telescopes and programs to each of Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods

More info and where you can attend an event






September 14, from 6-10pm

Our annual telescope fest is back! We're aiming to get 100 telescopes here to share with you.

Come to ScopeOut




Visiting Hours
52 Weeks of Astronomy
ScopeOut 2019

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