Vestal Street Observatory

The Astronomy Department of the Maria Mitchell Association was established over 100 years ago. Since 1908, this newly-restored dome has been the site of research, lectures, and other programs.

Maria Mitchell Association’s observatories are open for regular public tours, programs, lectures, and also host to several special events throughout the year. During your visit to this facility, you can view an outdoor scale model of the solar system, learn how to operate a sundial, and maybe observe some sunspots. Learn more about modern astronomy touring a permanent indoor exhibit.

In addition to our public programming, one of the major tasks of the Maria Mitchell Observatories is to do astronomical research, in particular, supervised research for talented, carefully selected astronomy undergraduate students from all over the country (this highly successful Presidential Award winning program is funded by the National Science Foundation).

To view our public programs, private programs, and special events, please check out our Upcoming Astronomy Programs.

Learn about our Upcoming Programs!