|Address:||3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208, USA|
|Working:||12–4PM 12–4PM 12–4PM 12–4PM 12–4PM Closed Closed|
A Private User
As we were told on the phone last Tuesday that the Saturday evening lectures would not fill up, so we didnt need to reserve a seat, and then find out that they were totally booked when we called to confirm 4 hours before the first lecture. My first experience with this organization is not thrilling. Not only were we misinformed, when we commented to the staff in charge of collecting the entrance fee about the experience, we were greeted with a cold, icy silence: No apology, no "well make sure that this doesnt happen again", nothing. To make matters even worse, when an older staff member came on the scene, she started telling visitors that they "sold out" the very first day!!!! So we are told first of all that there was not going to be a problem getting tickets, then the story changes to a sell-out the first day. No thanks, either they were holding back tickets for a favorite group, or we were just outright lied to. By the way, as I sat on the bench next to the entrance of one of the buildings, another group of patrons comes in with the exact same story as us: Tickets wouldnt be needed to be reserved on the phone when they called earlier in the week. They didnt seem to be concerned that patrons were treated this way, so I dont expect that this behavior will change.
There is a modern and antique telescope here. The antique telescope has been fully restored and is the oldest in the nation. It is also one of the oldest in the world. Our family really enjoyed rhe event called "Jupiter Nights". With the antique telescope we could see Jupiter and each of its moons. Great fun, come see this hidden gem in Cincinnati. Sign up and or show up early, some events can be popular.
This historic landmark is a gem! They managed to build it up into a public observatory, where you can listen to presentations of astronomical topics, look through a functioning telescope that was built 30 years before the Civil War, buy related books and other things, even borrow a telescope (if youre a member). And they continue to restore and improve the place, so more good things to come.
We showed up in the middle of the day and the guy welcomed us in. He showed us the antique telescope and let us rotate the dome on the top of the observatory. He told all of the history and gave us his undivided attention. Great thing to do when looking for stuff to do in Cincinnati!
Our family had a great night out. The lecture time was just the right mix of cool pictures & science for the kids. We had a somewhat poor weather night which the docent filled with great stuff until it cleared up to see the stars.
The staff and volunteers are all very knowledgeable and profess great love and exuberance for astronomy and star gazing as well as providing valuable historical context for the site, the region, and the science.
An antique telescope, unique antiques and artifacts, and a wonderful guide! A must visit while in Cincinnati! And ask about their events. What a fun place to visit and a true Cincinnati gem!
Love this place ... a must see if youre in the area ... free and fun fact you can learn about ... Americas oldest working telescope. Check it out ... fun for the whole family!
this really is a must-do for families in the cincinatti area. Take a guided tour and then sign up to be part of the astronomy club
National Historic Site, Wonderful People, and we got to meet the world famous Dean Regas! He was so friendly and helpful!
Excellent free tour and starry night programs. And who doesnt want to sit in a Tesla? One of my favorite Cinci places!!
Neat historical facility, friendly/funny and very knowledgeable staff and volunteers made for a great experience.
Family fun. Interesting tour and great history about all things Cincinnati. Well worth the time. Would do again.
Historic place with a knowledgeable staff. Make sure you check their website or call before heading there.
Super cool place. I used a 150 year old telescope tonight to see the rings of Saturn with my own eyes!
Great guides, history was amazing. Cant wait to come back at night and use one of the telescopes.
A Private User
Beautiful facility, great for a creative date on a clear night. Staff were warm and informative
A piece of Cincinnati history with awesome public classes and an incredible, historic telescope
Very cool place. The staff was very friendly and informative. They showed us both telescopes.
A Private User
Amazing history, beautiful sites. A must for any visitors to the city, and long time residents
Wonderful for family visits, but the locals are horribly unfriendly and quite attitudinal
Ray Elmo Earls
Always awesome. Every event there is fantastic and entertaining for geeks and novices.
What a great place for history and astronomy. Saturn through the telescope is amazing.
Very wonderful to walk around get photos for your art! The beauty is breath taking.
Exceptional views and museum. Good park g but limited space. Lots of History.
J Just J
I guess you gotta show up at night? Would be nice to post "hours" somewhere?
The oldest observatory in the United States. Say no more. Very cool.
Beautiful historical building with very helpful and engaged staff
Great historical landmark that satisfied my techie side!
2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing great staff and very friendly
Historical tours by day, telescope viewing by night.
A Private User
Same issue happened to us as the previous review.
A must visit. Check out late night date night.
Great staff and Lots of fun programming.
History and science all in one.
Grandkids were fascinated.
Alot of information..
Its the nice place.
Fun place at night
Saw cool thing