School Programs

Field Trips to the Observatory

Virtual Field Trips Now Available

Now you don't need to visit in person.  To schedule a virtual field trip, fill out our Online Program Request Page

Or sign up to take a free Virtual Telescope Tour on Nov 6 and 16.

The Cincinnati Observatory welcomes you and your group to experience the wonders of the sky through our historic telescopes. Our staff and volunteers enjoy nothing more than sharing the views of the universe with others. Group visits are offered both during the day and in the evenings and include a tour of the oldest professional observatory in America and the workings of the main scopes and domes. Astronomy presentations of your choice and classroom activities are offered if weather does not permit viewing.

Daytime Visits:

Field trips include a brief presentation on a topic of your choice followed by a tour of the buildings. Weather permitting, you can also safely see the Sun safely through telescopes. When conditions are right, you can observe sunspots and solar flares using white light and hydrogen alpha filters. Programs last from 60-75 minutes, and recommended for group sizes are limited to 14 people. You are also welcome to pack a lunch for before or after a program and make use of the beautiful grounds.  

New for 2020: Free admission for schools! All school and community center field trips are free thanks to a grant from the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.  We can even pay for buses! 

To schedule an field trip, try our Online Program Request Page 

Nighttime Visits:

Great for schools, scouts, churches, or any group.  This includes a brief program, a tour of the buildings and viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting). See the Moon, stars, and planets through some massive telescopes and experience the “WOW” of astronomy. Nighttime programs last between 60-75 minutes and are best for groups for up to 14 people.

Admission fees are $10/adults, $5/kids with a minimum of $100/group.
Teachers and aides are free.

A limited number of scholarships are available to help defray admission and ask about our grant that may pay for one free bus for your field trip.

Note: Please dress for the weather.  Even if it is cold or rainy we will still have to walk outside for our tours or to view the sky.  Also the domes are about the same temperature as outside.   

If you would like to schedule a field trip, please try our Online Program Request Page, email us at or call us at 513-321-5186.