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Cincinnati Observatory

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Address: 3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208-2563
Phone Number: 513-321-5186
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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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This is a must see

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tars57
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 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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West Chester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went there for first time since grade school to look at planet Mars, the staff were knowledgable friendly about the planet Mars and the solar system. Even pointed out that the Space Station took 90 minutes to circle the Earth(and if you knew what you were looking at you could see it with without a telescope)

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Thank Gene C
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

There are different nights the public is allowed for viewing through their telescope. Worth the time to come for a visit. Very peaceful...

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Greater Cincinnati
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Husband and I were out for an afternoon drive and we decided to stop by one of his favorite places. We were the only visitors and one of the staff personally toured us through the observatory.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Recenly my family and I visited the observatory on a rainy Sunday afternoon. They were short a few volunteers, but the one that did our tour was great! We visited due to my daughter's interest in completing a 3rd grade history report on this historic Cincinnati landmark. The grounds were nice, buildings well kept, the tour interactive as the kids... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

It is a historical site like non other! It still functions as an Observatory. Go one night, it is fun for the whole family.(check schedule). It is the oldest operating Observatory in the country and an elegant trip back in time. There are two telescopes and you can observe through one of them. I know little about the celestial movements... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Great historical observatory, with great programs through out the year. History of astronomy and meteorologists in America started in Cincinnati. The volunteers are great, knowledgeable, and gracious. The historical telescope you get to look through is pretty amazing considering the technology they used back in the 1800's.

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Thank Brian W
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

I grew up in Cincinnati, drove by the observatory, and didn't visit until I was 40. What a shame! I was blown away. This place has it all. It's a beautiful facility with huge historical significance. It is incredibly interesting for anyone science minded. It's cheap. AND you get to look through a telescope at the moon!!

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