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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
November 23, December 7, 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.

Star Gazers Finale Party

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday November 23, From 5-7pm

Maybe you’ve seen him late at night on PBS – flying through space on a hover board teaching you about the Moon, stars, and planets.  After 9 years and over 900 episodes as the co-host of Star Gazers, Astronomer Dean Regas’ final episodes are airing this month. 

Star Gazers, is the world’s only weekly television series on naked eye astronomy. You are invited to a special Star Gazers celebration:

  • Q&A with Dean Regas
  • Looking back at memorable episodes
  • Facebook Live event with Regas’ co-host James Albury
  • Viewing of Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn (weather permitting)

Admission is free.  No reservations required.  Great for all ages.

Celebrate with Dean and "Keep Looking Up!"

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:

September 28: Rockets

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

October 19: Monster Constellations

Monsters, myths, and constellations are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit! Learn about the monster constellations shining during fall nights and the some of the stories of how they got in the sky.

November 16: Space Rocks

Comets and meteors and asteroids, oh my! Learn all about different types of space rocks, make a comet and even touch a real rock from outer space!

December 21: Planets

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

         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.

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! 

Venus and Jupiter – Tuesday November 19, 6-8pm
The two brightest planets come together this month, and you can see them just after dark

All About Orion – Tuesday December 10, 7-9pm
Delve deep into the most famous constellation in the sky

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.

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/