The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Visiting Hours First Light Night Late Night Date Night 52 Weeks of Astronomy

 

 

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

 

 

 

TAKE AN ASTRONOMY CLASS

 

May 7 and June 18

These classes are perfect for beginners and each month features a different topic

More Info

 

 

 

 

LATE NIGHT, DATE NIGHT

 

May 11, 10:30pm-Midnight

The hottest event at the Observatory is back!  Sign up today for a romantic night under the stars.

Stay Up Late

 

 

 

 

 

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

Visiting Hours
First Light Night
Late Night Date Night
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