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General Information

A Small Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
The Herget Building at the Observatory

Enjoy an Unforgettable Private Experience at the Observatory! 

The ongoing pandemic and necessary social distancing guidelines are making it difficult to hold larger, more involved events like wedding receptions and parties at the Observatory. .However, we continue to receive requests for private Observatory experiences, and as such, we are introducing  new opportunities for individuals and small groups to rent the space in a different way.

Please note we are no longer hosting events larger than 25 people moving forward. 

While the Observatory is family-friendly, we do not currently offer our space for children's birthday parties.

Are you looking for a more intimate experience at the Observatory? Maybe you’re looking to propose, celebrate an engagement complete with a photo shoot, spend an evening with your inner circle at our National Historic Landmark, or get married in a private, no-frills ceremony in our domes or on our grounds. We’d love to host you at the Observatory for your special, intimate occasion.  You are welcome to bring in light refreshments for these experiences at no additional charge, but no food preparation by renters or caterers are allowed on the premises.

Please see below for some event options and then fill out our Private Event Rental Inquiry form  to move forward with scheduling your event. Once we receive your inquiry, our Visitor Experiences Coordinator Kelsey Stryffe will be in touch with details and pricing. 

Available offerings for a private event range from $250- $1500. The main factors that determine exact pricing include: 

Group size: 1- 25 people 

Time frame: 1 hour - 3 hours 

Day of the week:  Weekday or evening, or weekend. 

Activity : Basic tour, detailed tour, or detailed tour with behind the scenes access.

Viewing: This is an option weather permitting, please note if you would like to do viewing if it is an option. Viewing will be through our historic Mitchel telescope. 

Set up: This may include a bar, refreshments table, table seating, and/or any presentation needs. 

Please note all participants will be required to adhere to the Observatory’s COVID-19 protocols, which can be found here

We are also offering a Romance at the Observatory package add-on to any of the options above for an additional $150 to celebrate an engagement, small wedding ceremony, engagement photos, or for a proposal to take place onsite. This will include, in addition to the above options:

  • Romance themed tour of the Observatory, including reading of The Wedding of Two Astronomers poem.
  • A dozen long stemmed roses 
  • A champagne toast
  • Plate of chocolate covered strawberries

Our astronomer Dean Regas is a certified wedding officiant. He is available to officiate wedding ceremonies for a flat rate of $250. (Dates to be mutually agreed upon with Dean) 

If you are interested in the Observatory for a private event experience, please fill out and submit this form and our VIsitor Experiences Coordinator Kelsey Stryffe will be in touch with details and pricing. Thank you!

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