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Daytime Programs

Cincinnati Observatory

History Tours

Daytime history tours are held Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at Noon, 1pm, and 2pm. The guided portion of the tour lasts approximately half an hour. It includes both of the Observatory’s buildings and two main telescopes, as well as access to our out-of-this-world gift shop. If time and weather permits safe solar viewing through a telescope will be provided.

Tickets are $10/adult, $5/kid, $5/senior, $5/veteran, free for Observatory Members

Advanced reservations are required. 

Registration closes 30 minutes before the scheduled tours begin at Noon, 1pm, and 2pm.


Clark Telescope

Stories From Our History

Special History Tours on the 4th Sunday

March 26, April 23, May 28, Noon and 1:30pm

This special program offers those seeking to learn more about the Observatory’s history a more detailed, in-depth guided tour at Noon or 1:30pm. These include all that’s covered in a Daytime Tour - as well as more stories of how the Observatory came to be (and almost didn’t!). These tours also cover the Observatory’s role in weather forecasting and timekeeping as well as a visit to our interactive Sundial, original 1843 cornerstone, and more! Tours last about 45-60 minutes with plenty of time for questions and some behind-the-scenes fun! Perfect for local history, astronomy and science buffs ages 12 and up.

Tickets are $10/adult, $5/kid, $5/senior, $5/veteran and free for Observatory members

Space is limited.  Advanced reservations are recommended.  A limited number of drop-ins are welcome.  


Registration closes the morning of the scheduled tours

COVID-19 Information for Visitors

We continue to keep the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff the highest priority: 
  1. We recommend and encourage all guests to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth when attending in person Observatory programming. 

  2. We will clean the public areas regularly and have hand sanitizer available in each building for visitors.

  3. Anyone who feels unwell or displays symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be asked to stay home.

  4. All Cincinnati Observatory staff and volunteers are vaccinated against COVID 19 to help maintain their safety and wellness, as well as those of our guests. 

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