The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Visiting Hours 52 Weeks of Astronomy Total Lunar Eclipse Starfield

 

 

Welcome to the
Cincinnati
Observatory

 

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 with tours at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm

And Visit Us in the Evening to view through the telescopes to see the Moon, stars, and planets every Thursday and Friday night at 7pm

 

 

 

52 WEEKS OF ASTRONOMY

 

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

More info and where you can attend an event

 

 

 

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE

 

Sunday January 20, 10pm-Midnight

 

Mark your calendars and stay up late with us to behold the Sun, Moon and Earth in perfect alignment

It's Eclipse Time

 

 

 

 

 

THE OBSERVATORY WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAY JANUARY 12 & Sunday January 13

 

Due to the weather all programs are canceled that day. If you have tickets for the Late Night Date Night, please call us at 513-321-5186 to reschedule.

 

 

Visiting Hours
52 Weeks of Astronomy
Total Lunar Eclipse
Starfield

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