All public events hosted by the Observatory — astronomical, historical, and cultural — are free but at this time require advance reservation. The reasons for this are our desire to ensure a continuing safe environment as we begin to emerge, we hope, from the pandemic; our wish to foster a more intimate, rich experience for visitors; and our need to gauge attendance to our current level of staffing and operations.
Openings are limited and will depend on the nature of the event, so please book your visit well in advance. The Observatory offers talks, presentations, observing — both nighttime and daytime — and tours. Check the calendar below for scheduled events, or click on the buttons below the calendar to request a visit.
And please check here for things to take into account when visiting: safety protocols, do’s and don’ts, what to wear, what you can expect, including our COVID policy. At this time, given tight spaces in the building and the CDC rating of Washtenaw County as MEDIUM community spread, masks continue to be required at the Observatory.