Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the “Birthplace of American Astronomy”. Whether you’re an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you’ll find the Observatory has something for all.

We’ll explore Cincinnati’s past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation’s first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made? Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You’ll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory.

Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved. The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.

These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards. Group tours available by appointment.

AASLH members receive a 10% discount on select items.

Open the 2nd & 4th Sundays 1 to 4pm.