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Cincinnati Observatory Building

Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday Noon-3pm

The Cincinnati Observatory is now open for daytime tours on select days.

The tours are held at Noon, 1pm, and 2pm, and include both of the Observatory’s buildings and two main telescopes, including the Mitchel scope, the oldest public telescope still in use in this hemisphere. Weather permitting, there will also be the opportunity for safe solar viewing during the tours.

Daytime tours are $5 per person. 

Reservations and payment are required in advance.

We unfortunately cannot accept drop-ins at this time. 

Space is limited to 10 visitors per hour as we will follow COVID-19 safety procedures.

Sign Up Online for a Daytime Tour

COVID-19 Information for Visitors

To better protect the health and safety of our staff and guests, we will ensure the following practices are followed.  We are following all protocols set forth by the State of Ohio to minimize the risk of transmission.

  1. Social Distancing: We will follow social distancing guidelines while inside and outside the Observatory by maintaining a six-foot distance between staff and participants during our programs. 

  2. Encourage cleanliness: We will clean the public areas, props, and exhibits before and after each program and have hand sanitizer available in each building for program participants. 

  3. Limiting numbers: We will follow the State of Ohio guidelines to keep group sizes limited to fewer than 10 guests.

  4. Face Masks: Staff and volunteers will wear face masks during the programs.  All visitors must wear face masks inside the buildings.  Masks may be provided if you need one. 

  5. Staying home when necessary: Please stay home if you feel unwell or display symptoms associated with COVID-19.