The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Visiting Hours 52 Weeks of Astronomy Meet a Meteorite

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

MEET A METEORITE

 

November 9, from 7-9pm

We've got the largest collection of space rocks in the area coming to the Observatory

 

An Out of This World Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEE AND PHOTOGRAPH THE RARE TRANSIT OF MERCURY

 

Monday November 11,  7:30am-1pm

Shoot the Messenger

 

 

Visiting Hours
52 Weeks of Astronomy
Meet a Meteorite

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