Cincinnati Observatory Center

3489 Observatory Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45208
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Our mission The mission of the Cincinnati Observatory is to maintain the integrity and heritage of an historic 19th century observatory and to educate, engage, and inspire our community about astronomy and science.

Cincinnati Observatory Center

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The Observatory is looking for volunteers!

Would you like to help support the nation’s oldest public observatory? The Cincinnati Observatory is looking for new volunteers to lead and assist with astronomy and history programming for the public.  Volunteers will be trained on how to use a variety of telescopes as well as how to give tours of the historic buildings.   We… See full description
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • Ongoing, Recurring
  • On-site
  • Weekends
  • Individuals
  • In-person, Indoor, Outdoor

Volunteer

Volunteers can assist the Observatory by performing a variety of tasks including greeting visitors, taking admissions, helping in the gift shop, helping in the dome, or pointing telescopes
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends
How you help The Observatory’s educational program utilizes the Observatory and equipment for its STEM support in local K-12 schools. The visitors to the Observatory averages over 30,000 per year. A committed core of over 50 volunteers contributes many thousand hours of voluntary service to the observatory.
About us The Cincinnati Observatory is the center for education, history, and inspiration. The Cincinnati Observatory Center is known as ‘The Birthplace of American Astronomy.’ It houses one of the oldest working telescopes and was the first public observatory in the western hemisphere. Recently restored to its original beauty, the Observatory is a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers.
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