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Sunday History Tours

12:00 pm
12:00 pm
12:00 pm

Stories From Our History


This special program offers those seeking to learn more about the Observatory’s history a more detailed, in-depth guided tour at Noon or 1:30pm. All the wonderful details covered in a Daytime Tour are included - as well as more stories of how the Observatory came to be (and almost didn’t!). You'll also discover the Observatory’s role in weather forecasting and timekeeping as well as visit our interactive Sundial, original 1843 cornerstone, and more! Tours last approximately one hour with plenty of time for questions and some behind-the-scenes fun! Perfect for local history, astronomy and science buffs ages 12 and up.


Tickets are $10/adult, $5/kids (recommended for kids 12+), $5/senior, $5/veteran and free for Observatory members


Space is limited.  Advanced reservations are recommended.

History Bites - Lunchtime Program

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mythology of Eclipses: History, Science, and Fiction

Mythology of Eclipses: History, Science, and Fiction covers a broad range of historical accounts and viewpoints of eclipses. From cultural views in ancient history and mythology, such as the Bakunawa, a serpent-like dragon in Philippine mythology that was thought to be the cause of natural phenomena like earthquakes, wind, rain and eclipses. Then to early historical accounts and documentation of eclipses, and eclipses in fiction, such as in Issac Asimov’s 1941 short story Nightfall where a planet usually covered in sunlight all the time, sees darkness befall them. Come learn the nuances and historical stories of eclipses with this engaging and intriguing presentation with Cincinnati Observatory’ s Assistant Collections Manager, Mandy Askins.

$10 for non-members, Free for Members 

Sights Before Sunrise

6:00 am
6:00 am
6:00 am

Join us for our new early-morning event in 2024, Sights Before Sunrise. These are clear-only events so we will let you know the day before if the event is a go. We will only use your email for the purposes of communication about the Sights Before Sunrise event. See more details below:

We are turning the tables and offering some early morning stargazing this year. This program is for those who want to be the first to see objects that will be up later in the year at our typical viewing times. This event will include viewing through our historic Mitchel telescope at Venus and the Moon. Coffee and donuts will be available.
$5/person, Free for members

Please register for the email list here so that we can notify you if the event is go/no go.

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