The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Visiting Hours Saturndays 52 Weeks of Astronomy



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 3 and 10 from 9-11pm

Nothing compares to seeing the rings of Saturn through the Observatory telescopes.


Come to Saturn  








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

More info and where you can attend an event



Local History Sampler


Sunday July 28 from 1-4pm

Stories from some of the places that make Cincinnati unique


More info 



Visiting Hours
52 Weeks of Astronomy

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