Join Us


When you become a member of the Cincinnati Observatory Center, you will immediately begin enjoying many benefits, including:

  • Free admission to the historic landmark buildings and permanent collection
  • Discounted or free admission to Friends of the Observatory (FOTO) programs
  • Member’s meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm
  • Member’s only classes and programs
  • Availability of loaner telescopes and instruction
  • Free admission to the year-round Astronomy Thursday/Friday programs
  • Discounts in the Gift Shop
  • One-year subscription to the monthly FOTO e-newsletter
  • Priority special event registration
  • Coming Soon-member's Only Facebook page w/ Announcements and Special interest Sections

Membership Levels

To join, click level name below or click here for mail in form.

Level Cost Who   Benefits

$40 One Adult                            All Plus F.O.T.O. library lending

Two Adults + children under 
18 in household
All plus Cosmic Kids



All plus Observatory postcard set & two guest
passes for Astronomy Night



All plus 4 guest passes to Member-Only events/program/classes   

Mitchel Society Leadership Level

Moon Membership     $500            
  • All plus one privately guided, one hour, Observatory tour for up to 10 guests
  • Invitation to annual Mitchel Society Autumn Equinox reception
Sun Membership       $1,000
  • All plus one privately guided two hour telescope viewing and tour for up to 20 guests  
  • Unlimited guest passes upon request.     


To give membership as a gift, click the desired membership level above.

Friends of The Observatory (F.O.T.O.)

With your membership, you will automatically become a Friend of the Observatory and join our support organization of amateur astronomers.  F.O.T.O. members hold monthly meetings and social gatherings as well as provide staffing for many of the observatory's public programs.

F.O.T.O. meets monthly on the Second Monday of the month at 7:30 PM at the Observatory Center.  All members and the general public are welcome to attend.

Coming Soon-Member-Only Facebook Group w/ Announcements and Special interest Sections

Membership Questions?  

Please contact the Membership Office at (513) 321-5186 or for assistance. Thank you!