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History at Home

7:00 pm

Online Class

Join Assistant Collections Manager, Mandy Askins for our History at Home series. These fun, online classes are about the history of astronomy and the Cincinnati Observatory. Best of all, you can take these from the comfort of your own home and will receive a copy of the recorded classes that you can watch again at your convenience.

The Brightest Stars

As the Birthplace of American Astronomy, the Cincinnati Observatory has been observing the stars for over 180 years. Yet, many of those stars, namely the women astronomers of the Observatory, have often been overlooked. Women like Louisa Trask Mitchel, who was likely the first person to observe Neptune to Antoinette Kettenacker, an accomplished mathematician who was published on her work with the computation of orbits. Numerous women have contributed to astronomy in Cincinnati in stellar ways. This trend continues with the Observatory’s current staff which includes its first female Director and a majority female staff. Come learn about the brightest stars of Cincinnati, the decades of women paving the way in astronomy at the Cincinnati Observatory with Assistant Collections Manager, Mandy Askins.

Tickets: $10 per household

Family Astronomy Night

7:00 pm
Family Astronomy Night is our fun and interactive craft/activity night for families at the Cincinnati Observatory. If you have enjoyed our Cosmic Kids or Astronomy Night programs, this is for you! Geared for families with children 5-12 years old, Family Astronomy Night will include viewing through a telescope (if clear), a tour of the Observatory, and a hands-on space activity or craft. It will be fun for the whole family.
June 28 - Summer Constellations

Tickets: $15/adult, $7/child, Free for Observatory Members - SOLD OUT

Astronomy Evenings

9:00 pm
9:00 pm
9:00 pm

Weekly Public Program

Astronomy Evening at the Cincinnati Observatory is the perfect program to get acquainted with all of the offerings of your local observatory. Located in picturesque Mount Lookout on the East Side of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Observatory is the oldest one of its kind in the country that still uses its original telescope from 1845, and now you too will get to participate.


This 90 minute long, family-friendly program features an Astronomy themed presentation on the different things you can experience in the night sky. Tours of our historic buildings and viewing through our telescope takes place during the second part of the evening (weather permitting).


Tickets: $15/adult, $7/child, FREE For Members. May dates SOLD OUT.

Reservations required.  Space is limited.

Late Night Date Night

10:00 pm
10:00 pm

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Looking for a romantic night out and under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You'll get to use telescopes to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night (weather permitting). Get a sneak preview of the next season's planets and stars a month or two ahead of everyone else.


The program runs rain or shine. If the weather does not permit viewing, we'll have fun showing you around the universe and behind the scenes at the Observatory.


Tickets: $30 per person  


Space is limited to no more than 40 people. Adults Only. Singles welcome.

Adult Space Camp - Rocket Science

7:00 pm

Join us on July 11, 7-9 PM, for a fun and creative night out where we'll test your engineering skills building water bottle rockets. You are welcome to bring your own supplies or use ours to create your out-of-this-world rocket. Guests will be sent more information on supplies to bring a week or so before the event. The evening will end with a tour of the Observatory and viewing through the telescopes (if clear).

The cost is $30 per person and includes supplies for the rockets, multiple rocket launches (weather permitting), and light bites. Recommended for ages 12+.

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