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Daytime and Nighttime Hours

We are open Monday-Friday from Noon-4pm to see the historic buildings and telescopes More Info. 

And we are open most Thursday and Friday nights to view through the telescopes to see the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and stars.  Visit Us at Night

Late Night Date Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory
December 14
From 10:30pm-Midnight

Looking for a romantic Saturday night out under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You'll get to use the oldest big telescope in the U.S. 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.

If the weather does not permit viewing, we’ll have fun showing you around the universe at behind the scenes at the Observatory.

Admission is $25 per person

Space is limited.  Adults only.

To make reservations Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186.

Luminaria

Night Lights at the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday December 15, from 6-8pm

Join us for the 44th year of this Mount Lookout tradition.  As the neighborhood lights up the streets, the Cincinnati Observatory will open its buildings and telescopes for the general public.  Cruise from Mount Lookout Square to the Observatory for carolers, stargazing, our spacey gift shop, and hot drinks. 

Viewing through the historic telescope is included (weather permitting). 

Perfect for all ages.

Cost: Free

No reservations required. 

For more info call 513-321-5186.

Intro to Astronomy

A Short Course at the Cincinnati Observatory
Tuesdays January 7, 14, and 21 from 7-9pm

Resolve to learn more astronomy in 2020.  This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to know more about observing the night sky.

Led by Cincinnati Observatory astronomer Dean Regas, and author of 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, this course will show you the stars.  You will learn how to identify stars, constellations, and planets as well as viewing tips for the Moon.  Each night includes viewing through the historic telescopes. 

 Cost:   $50 for the series
            $40 for Observatory members

To register call 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online

Topics in Astronomy

Classes at the Cincinnati Observatory

These fun and laid-back classes for beginners focus on a variety of topics and will surely keep you looking up! 

The Winter Sky – (Two dates) Wednesday January 8 and 15, 7-9pm
Explore the stars and constellations of the season, including Orion, Taurus, Gemini and more.

Pluto’s Birthday – Tuesday February 18, 7-9pm
Our favorite, uh, dwarf planet, was discovered 90 years ago. Let’s go for a visit!

Deep Space Objects – Tuesday March 17, 8-10pm
Star clusters, nebulas, and galaxies oh my. We’ll journey far from home to the far reaches of the universe.

Astronomer Dean Regas leads these classes and will also be your guide to the stars and planets of the season and point them out with you in the real sky with the Observatory telescopes (weather permitting).

Cost per class:       $15 per person
                                 $12 for Observatory members

Sign Up Online or Call 513-321-5186.

Cosmic Kids

Monthly Kids Club

Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary classes which help grades K-7th learn and discover topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world. These classes meet one Saturday each month and are open to members and non-members. You may decide to take one class or the entire class series. You may also decide to stay with your child for the class or drop them off and pick them up after, parents will not be charged as participants.

Date and Topics:

December 21: Planets

This class will be out of this world! Explore the other planets in our solar system and design your own planet.

January 18: Telescopes

Take a tour of our two historic telescopes and find out how telescopes work. If the clouds stay away we’ll even safely look at the Sun with a telescope!

February 15: Venus

Since we just had Valentine’s Day, lets learn all about the planet named for the Roman goddess of love!

March 21: Aliens

Let’s explore the universe and talk about where scientists may be looking for life in space.

April 18: Astronauts

Are you ready to become a space explorer? Learn about living in space and get to sample some astronaut food.

 May 16: Rockets

Blast off! Learn a little about rocket design and aerodynamics and then make your very own water bottle rocket.

         K-3rd Graders meet from 9-10am
         4th-7th Graders meet from 11am-Noon

Class prices are:

$3.00 per participant per class for members
$10.00 per participant per class for non-members.

Reservations required.  Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186.

Winter Astronomy Camp

The Cincinnati Observatory is partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center for five astronomy-themed days of camp this Winter.  Kids can explore science, technology, history and the arts through creative activities and games. Check out the Fall/Winter Camps happening at the Cincinnati Observatory. Details: www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camps/ 

CMC Camps at the Cincinnati Observatory:
December 26, 2019
Moons Jr., Grades K – 2 & 3 – 5
Take a giant leap into an awesome camp as we explore our moon and discover the other moons in our solar system!

December 27, 2019
Rockets Jr., Grades K – 2 & 3 – 5
3...2...1... blast off into an awesome camp! Explore spacecraft technology and build your own bottle rocket.

December 30, 2019
Space Adventure, Grades K – 2 & 3 – 5
Blast off into an awesome adventure as we look through telescopes, observe the mysteries of the universe and the astronaut skills.

January 2, 2020
Stars, Grades K – 2 & 3 – 5
Shoot for the stars as we learn about our star, the Sun, and how it powers our Earth! Explore how stars are born and discover other stars in our galaxy.

January 3, 2020
Rocket Science, Grades K – 2 & 3 – 5
All systems are go for launch! As part of our crew, you’ll learn about the science behind rockets, rovers and more! Design your own bottle rocket as you discover more about NASA’s space program.

Pricing Per Day
Non-Members: $60
Members: $55

Before Care: $10/Non-Members, $5/Members
After Care: $15/Non-Members, $10/Members

Hours
Museum Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is Before and After Care available for an additional fee. Before Care will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. and After Care will be available until 6 p.m.

Advance registration required at: www.cincymuseum.org/museum-camps/