Our Mission

Inspiring generations to look to the stars

The mission of the Cincinnati Observatory Center (the Observatory) will be to maintain the integrity and heritage of a historic 19th century observatory while promoting the study and practice of 21st century astronomy and science.

Our vision is to be a primary resource in furthering astronomy and science education through programming:

  • For K-12 schools and the public on and off our campus
  • For universities and classes for teacher professional development
  • To promote the rich history of the Observatory 
  • To strengthen our connection to allied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) organizations

Lighthouse of the Sky

The Cincinnati Observatory is the center for education, history, and inspiration.  Learn more about our philosophy toward public engagement and our mission to get everyone to look through a telescope to have a "Wow" moment with the universe.