The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Visiting Hours 175th Celebration Meet a Meteorite International Observe-the-Moon Night

 

 

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 8:30pm

 

 

 

175th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

November 8, 2018, 6-9pm

The Observatory is celebrating 175 years since the laying of our cornerstone! 
More info here

 

 

 

 

 

METEORITE NIGHT

 

Saturday November 17, 7-9pm

See, touch, and buy real rocks from asteroids, the Moon and Mars

Meet a Meteorite

 

 

 

 

TAKE A TOUR OF IRELAND

 

Our astronomer Dean Regas is leading an astronomical tour of the Emerald Isle in 2019

More Info

 

 

Visiting Hours
175th Celebration
Meet a Meteorite
International Observe-the-Moon Night

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