Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff Arizona

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Lowell Observatory

"Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish, I wish tonight…" To get the best views of the stars and all things celestial take a tour of Lowell Observatory.

What can I see and do at Lowell Observatory?

There is plenty to do at the observatory both during the day and at night. The events offered are out of this world.

  • Daily guided tours: Guided tours run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm every day. The following two tours are meant to be taken back to back.  
    • Pluto Tour: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Take the path up the Solar System walk to the Pluto Discovery Telescope. Learn about the discovery of Pluto that occurred here at Lowell Observatory!
    • Deep Space Tour: 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Visit the celebrated Clark Telescope Dome and Rotunda Library. Find out about the history of the observatory and current research projects.
  • Solar Viewings: Interested in something other than the stars and planets? Solar viewings are available everyday at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.  
  • Evening Telescope Viewings: Once the sun sets and the sky darkens, telescopes are open to view the night sky and all of its inhabitants. Educators will be onsite to help you figure out what you are looking at through the telescope.
  • SlipherVision Shows: Enjoy an immersive space theater with SlipherVision! Open year-round.
  • Pluto At 85 Exhibit: This new exhibit will take you through the years from Pluto’s discovery to the New Horizon’s mission. Have your questions answered about Pluto; from why we are searching for a planet to what it means to be a planet and what we might find when we arrive.

Where is Lowell Observatory?

It is at 1400 West Mars Hill Road. Head down Milton Road and when it starts to curve into Route 66, turn left. Then just follow the signs. You can’t miss it.

When is Lowell Observatory open?

  • Open Year-Round
  • Monday-Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

How much does Lowell Observatory cost?

  • Adults: $15
  • Seniors, AAA, College students: $14
  • Youth (5-17): $8
  • Under 5: free

*Keep your receipt from the day admission and you can come back at night for free.*

Who can I call if I have more questions?

If you have questions you can call (928) 774-3358 or visit their website.

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The mission of the Lowell Observatory is to study astronomy in the northern Arizona area.