The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Visiting Hours Celestial Sips 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 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






July 20 from 8-11pm

Star gazing and beer tasting at the oldest public observatory in the country!

Blast Off







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

Visiting Hours
Celestial Sips
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