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Cincinnati Observatory

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You must go and SCOPE this place out! Historic site in the middle of Cincinnati.

I was on my way back to Indianapolis from a business trip and my GPS took me through and area... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Indianapolis, Indiana

We went for an after hours event. Lots of large telescopes out to view Mars, Saturn and Jupiter... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Angie F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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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

Thank Katrina W
Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

I can’t believe I’ve lived in Cincinnati for almost 13 years and I had never been to the observatory. What a hidden gem! So glad I finally took the time to visit. We went on a Thursday for one of their shows. It starts with...More

2  Thank jennakelly513
Reviewed May 14, 2018

As a traveler, I find that way too often, museums and attractions close at 5 p.m. So I was glad to find a program at the observatory we could attend in the evening. This historic observatory is located in parklike setting atop a hill in...More

2  Thank Dmarkwind
Reviewed April 30, 2018

The grounds are beautiful, as are the buildings. We went during a special event to celebrate the viewing of Saturn. It was quite busy, and we had a very long wait to view the planet from each of the historical telescopes. However, there were also...More

2  Thank Christina M
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

What an amazing place! As a Cincinnati native, I am embarrassed to admit I had never been to the Observatory while I lived there yet I am happy to know this rare gem still exists in the city. Rich in history of the city, this...More

2  Thank Tina D
Reviewed February 18, 2018

We enjoyed the lecture and the tour. The view through the telescope was cool. The history of the observatory was fascinating too. We really enjoyed the impromptu viewing from the groups outside. It was a great date night.

Thank campbellmaryp
Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

They did an awesome job of conducting the tours of the two buildings. We were able to see the sun through a filtered telescope. The guides were great. Takes about an hour.

Thank LiketoeatCincinnati
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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
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Response from Providencedaisy | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are telescopes for sale in the gift shop.