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Cincinnati Observatory

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Address: 3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208-2563
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+1 513-321-5186

Nineteenth-century observatory, designated as a National Historic Landmark,...

Nineteenth-century observatory, designated as a National Historic Landmark, is known as the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."

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Worth the trip rain or shine

We booked online, received confirmation quickly, then paid on arrival just inside the door of the smaller building. Excellent presenters were very knowledgeable and engaging... read more

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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We booked online, received confirmation quickly, then paid on arrival just inside the door of the smaller building. Excellent presenters were very knowledgeable and engaging. Everyone's interest in our group of varied ages was held easily by the presenters questions and connection with the group; basing what he discussed to some degree upon the specific interests of the group. The... More 

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We visited the Cincinnati Observatory this afternoon. It sits at the end of a quiet Cul-de-sac atop of Mt. Lookout. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to view the sun through 3 different telescopes with a special filter . The buildings housing the 2 large telescopes are very well maintained and are in perfect working order... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and I visited the Observatory last weekend for something different to do. It was the first time we'd been and were only disappointed because it was mostly cloudy and didn't get to look through the telescope but for a few seconds. The tour of the two building was very interesting and I learned a lot. Our total tour... More 

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Reviewed 21 November 2016

This was a very friendly place. Family and adult alike. The skies were clear enough that we were able to view through two different telescopes. We got to see a few planets, the moon, and a few double stars. All the people here are volunteers and are so friendly! Go with questions and see if they can answer them because... More 

Thank Nichole M
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

This place is terrific. We had a talk from 2 members, 1 described the building and history of the obsevatory and the other described the universe and the night sky. We got to look through telescopes including the really big one. We saw the moon in detail (craters and all), Venus and Mars. The whole trip took over 3 hours... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Honestly I didn't even know the city had an observatory until I heard an acquaintance talking about it. My husband is a big space lover so I decided to check it out as a surprise, low-key date night and we weren't disappointed! We went to an Astronomy Thursday event. It started with a college class style lecture that was actually... More 

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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

I love space so when they had a space night here it was soo super neat! Everyone was so nice got to see the oldest telescope in the US very cool would recommend

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

It is amazing that a little over thirty minutes from us that we have such an awesome place that we have never been to. We got to see Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, even seen the rings. The people there were very informative and friendly. We defiantly want to go again.There is two buildings with two different telescopes, plus they... More 

Thank Tars57
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

We are planning to go back to this place before we leave Cincinnati next summer. My first and only visit was for a Groupon my wife found for a late night star gazing session. It was very interesting and informative at the same time. Even if star gazing isn't something you would think of doing this is a truly unique... More 

Thank CJ H
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

very interesting historical place to visit in cincinnati. They have huge telescopes and on certain days/ nights, you are able to view the solar system through them. Lots of history and a unique attraction.

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