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Cincinnati Observatory

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Address: 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Phone Number: 513-321-5186
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Description: Nineteenth-century observatory, designated as a National Historic...
Nineteenth-century observatory, designated as a National Historic Landmark, is known as the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."
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We had a scheduled time and arrived with no problems. Unfortunately the weather was extremely cloudy (March) and the wonderful lady at the front desk was honest with us and told... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We had a scheduled time and arrived with no problems. Unfortunately the weather was extremely cloudy (March) and the wonderful lady at the front desk was honest with us and told us the viewing would probably not show us anything. There are 2 different historical looking buildings with telescopes unfortunately it was all the weather that dampened the evening. We... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Try to go in the winter for the special events... luminaries up and down the street, free access, crisp evening.... A great gem.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We attended a very interesting stargazing event at the observatory. The volunteers did a great job of explaining how to use the telescopes, plus gave a short presentation on comets & meteorites, & gave history of how the telescopes got there. We got to see craters on the moon, & a double star. The cost was a $5 donation per... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We were able to participate in the public tour and stargazing event. Do check their website for contact information and times/dates of events. They have limited number of spots for the events. The night we went was too cloudy but we still enjoyed seeing the telescopes and learning the impressive history of the observatory. The guide and lecturer were very... More 

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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I grew up in the area, but didn't get to the Observatory until I was an adult. My then-fiance and I went to one of the public stargazing nights as one of our early dates. It was amazing. The staff were universally knowledgeable and kind and worked to ensure that everyone at the event had a good time. They were... More 

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Tampa
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I grew up in the area and remember going to the Observatory for a field trip but I had never been at night. My son and I went for Saturnday Saturday. There are several telescopes set up and on two of them we got to see Saturn and one of it's rings. Before looking through the telescope, the guide told... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is quite small, but a beautiful observatory. You will never feel bored, if you are interested in astronomy. Also they have lot of program, watch out for their calender.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

My family and I have spent many an afternoon here. The Observatory consists of two buildings each of which have a telescope. The telescopes are very old and beautiful and still work. They are used almost daily. The Observatory had tours on the weekend and makes every effort to not only entertain, but also educate. The volunteers there seem to... More 

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Ohio
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31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

So few seem to know about this place, nestled in with gorgeous historic homes. This is a fun site to visit for its historic and educational value and is located in a very pretty neighborhood area. Be sure to check the hours and tour times, as they are somewhat limited.

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Paro, Bhutan
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8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Who would have thought Cincinnati has the oldest observatory in the western hemisphere. The scopes are from the 19th century and open to the public for stargazing. Last night the focus was the moon (full moon, largest moon of year) and Saturn. The rings of Saturn just jump out on the scope. Perfect for adults or for sparking an interest... More 

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