The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Visiting Hours Luminaria Late Night Date 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.

And Visit Us in the Evening to view through the telescopes to see the Moon, stars, and planets most Thursday and Friday nights at 7:00pm (November & December)

 

 

 

LUMINARIA

 

Sunday December 15, from 6-8pm

Join us for our free holiday open house as our neighborhood shines

More Info

 

 

 

LATE NIGHT DATE NIGHT

December 7 and 14, from 10:30pm-Midnight

Looking for a romantic night under the stars?  Our most popular event is back.  Stay Up Late

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE AN ASTRONOMY CLASS

 

We have a 3-night Intro to Astronomy and monthly Topics in Astronomy classes coming up - perfect for the beginner. 

Astronomy Class Topics and Dates

 

Visiting Hours
Luminaria
Late Night Date 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