Cincinnati is full of hidden gems that make it truly special and unique. The Cincinnati Observatory is one of them – and arguably, the most impressive.
Located on the top of a hill in Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout, at the end of a street full of classic, Victorian houses, the Cincinnati Observatory is iconic. Comprised of two buildings with immediately recognizable dome-shaped roofs, the Cincinnati Observatory isn’t just a place where Cincinnatians can learn about space — it’s a space for kids and adults to dream big and be inspired… and get a great history lesson, too.
Known as “The Birthplace of American Astronomy,” the Cincinnati Observatory Center houses the oldest working telescope in the United States, the Mitchel Scope — purchased in 1842. You’ll get to see this telescope in the education building, where it’s used daily. The telescope is 16 feet long and manually operated — but don’t let its age fool you: this beauty can show you Mars, the Big Red Spot on Jupiter and the Rings of Saturn, no problem.