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Night time is the RIGHT time!

On a clear night, you can see forever. One of the two telescopes was built in Germany a couple of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Raymond C
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Rehearsal Dinner

We were getting married and looking for a unique facility for our rehearsal dinner... This was the... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Nineteenth-century observatory, designated as a National Historic Landmark, is known as the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."
3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208-2563
Hyde Park
+1 513-321-5186
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a clear night, you can see forever. One of the two telescopes was built in Germany a couple of centuries back and is still in use today. Come out on one of those chilly, clear sky nights and see space with your very own...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Raymond C
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We were getting married and looking for a unique facility for our rehearsal dinner... This was the place for us! We had dinner inside, followed by some late night viewings!!! Highly recommended!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank PRaines
Reviewed September 21, 2018

My husband and I have been to the Observatory together many times. Our favorite events have been Late Night Date Night, Sunday Sun Day Sundae and the Solar Eclipse viewing. The staff are so knowledgeable and welcoming and the Observatory itself is such a gorgeous,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kelsey E
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I took a guided tour with friends, and then returned at a later date for a night sky viewing. We saw Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. The buildings and grounds are beautiful. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable. We are looking...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kathleen R
Reviewed September 21, 2018

The Observatory is such a lovely hidden gem. Their events are perfect for date nights-- some will have music and picnicking, or snacks and wine, interactive things to check out, speakers, you name it. If you follow them on Facebook they'll surely advertise something you'll...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Mallory W
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We attended with some family and out of town visitors. The scenery is lovely. The observatory hosted a special event that day. The event didn't seem well organized or well marked. It took us asking several volunteers as to the process of the daily events....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

I was on my way back to Indianapolis from a business trip and my GPS took me through and area called "Mount Lookout" which got me thinking "I wonder if there's a lookout?" hmmm... so then I end up on a street (again GPS) called...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

We went for an after hours event. Lots of large telescopes out to view Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. We also waited in a LONG line to see Saturn in the observatory using the oldest telescope in the United States.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 646angief
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Educational and pleasant tour. $ 5 admission is a great value . Excellent resource for historic and scientific material. Be sure to see the clock room. See the 1840 telescope and the 1904 also still in use both working with extreme accuracy. Also ask to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank twsmith14
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

We were so excited about this trip and it was such a let down. We got to see the telescopes but because of the clouds we weren't able to see through it. I thought we would get a tour of the museum seeing as how...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Katrina W
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September 5, 2016|
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Response from catman261 | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe they have a handicapped entrance I would call prior. 513-321-5186
Karla C
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Response from Providencedaisy | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are telescopes for sale in the gift shop.