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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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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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the place was old, yet still had a good feel to it. two old telescopes in the place. the place is clean and well maintained.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the place was old, yet still had a good feel to it. two old telescopes in the place. the place is clean and well maintained.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Abandoned by the University of Cincinnati, the observatory has been restored, and its two telescopes (1842 and 1904) restored to operation. It is the place where weather forecasting began. Volunteers are knowledgeable, there are no crowds. It is a pleasant and educational way to spend several hours.

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North Port, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

During our vacation to the area, I booked an Astronomy Thursday date. It is opened to the public, reservations suggested. Book early, if possible. I went expecting more about the history of the telescope; but ended up getting a lecture from a UC Astronomy Prof on Saturn and its Rings! This was because we would be viewing that planet through... More 

2 Thank audrahos
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Went to a business association there last year (and have been there once or twice before). It is a rustic piece of functional history. The people were very nice and gave tours of the equipment. Too bad it was cloudy but it was a nice experience nonetheless.

1 Thank OhioCincinnatiBubba
Duarte, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Getting there was part of the enjoyment of this lovely park. The surrounding homes were absolutely fabulous. It was closed but not disappointed in the grounds.

1 Thank Sue B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

My fiancé visited the Cincinnati Observatory for the Starlit Picnic on August 29, 2015. It was a fundraiser for their school programs and was closed to the public for the evening for this private event. Tickets were advanced purchase. We had never been to the Observatory before and the grounds and surrounding neighborhood is absolutely gorgeous. There was a string... More 

1 Thank Navilla
Greater Cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

You want some Pink Floyd playing as you tickle through the stars and planets. Having a scheduled time is essential. This building is gorgeous, as is most old architecture in Cincinnati. I have loved astronomy since I was a kid so it afforded me a chance to geek out. Once you see a planet with your own eyes, instead of... More 

2 Thank lenixadvisor
Burlington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Visited the observatory for "late night date night" and had a wonderful experience. We were able to observe planets and stars through one of the oldest telescopes in the country and get a tour of a national historic landmark. Definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in astronomy, history or both.

2 Thank Christopher405
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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 

1 Thank ChuckCaza
Cincinnati, Ohio
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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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