Tour to see the world's oldest observatory in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Cincinnati Observatory offers public viewing on select days of the week, see and explore the heavenly objects in the space from the observatory. Tours of the observatory are offered twice a month, tour the observatory and learn its history, explore the space at night from the telescopes. The observatory is surrounded by beautifully kept grounds and two national historic landmark buildings. Many public educational events are held at the observatory. Public Astronomy programs are offered on most Thursday and Friday evenings.
Things to Do
- Explore the skies and beyond from the historic 19th century observatory featuring two viewing telescopes, the observatory was established in 1842.
- The observatory is located on top of Mt. Lookout, visitors can tour the observatory and its buildings on 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
- Children love to view through the telescopes in the observatory, a local astronomer guides you in the stargaze, see planets, stars, nebulas, comets, and observe the moon.
- Come to view planet Mars, the Sun, rings of the Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon. Clear views are weather dependent.
- The Sunday historical tours are very educational, learn about the scientific discoveries of the observatory, and the role of Cincinnati Observatory in American Astronomy.
- Sunday Sundae event features viewing of the Sun from the telescopes, and enjoying a delicious sundae. Eclipse chasing is a special event that lets you view an eclipse.
- The science and education fair includes discussions, hand on activities for kids, history presentation and viewing of the stars and the Sun.
Cincinnati Observatory Insider Tips
- Astronomy programs and events require reservation.