PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Pluto Discovery Telescope is currently closed for restoration.
Programming subject to change due to weather conditions, special events, etc. Please check in at the visitor center before joining any tours or activities.
Hours and Admission Fees
Made possible by funding from the Flagstaff Arts Council and City of Flagstaff. Click here to see a calendar of special events. Unless noted otherwise, regular admission fees apply for special events.
10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
View the Sun or other stars through a specially equipped solar telescope. Objects vary seasonally.
On cloudy days when we can’t offer solar viewing, attend an indoor program highlighting the features of the Sun, including ‘live’ images.
Daytime Guided Tours
11 a.m. The Story of Pluto
Explore the discovery of Pluto in this 45-minute guided walking tour and learn about the Pluto Discovery Telescope.
*Program Note: The Pluto Discovery Telescope will be closed for renovation starting January 12, 2017.
12 p.m. The Lowell Tour
Explore Lowell Observatory’s past and present research efforts during this 45- minute guided walking tour of the historical campus. This tour includes a stop at the renowned 24” Clark Refracting Telescope, built in 1896 and still in use today.
2 p.m. The Story of Pluto
3 p.m. The Lowell Tour
Putnam Collection Center Open House
Monday – Saturday: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.
Take a look inside the Putnam Collection Center featuring Percival Lowell’s 1911 Stevens-Duryea automobile and other historic items from the observatory’s collections.
Especially for Youth
Even Hours, Day and Evening
“A Day in the Life of an Astronomer”
Odd Hours, Day and Evening
“Scanning the Skies: The Discovery Channel Telescope”
Evening Programming (Excludes Sundays)
Solar Eclipse Program
Learn about the upcoming total solar eclipse occurring from coast to coast in the United States on August 21st, 2017 . This program explores the history, mythology, and science of eclipses. If weather allows, we will follow this with outdoor solar viewing, demonstrating safe home eclipse viewing techniques. Program is held in the Visitor Center Lecture Hall, approximately 45 minutes in length. This limited-time program will run until August 21, 2017.
5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Solar System
This program explores the Solar System in which we live. Program is held in the Rotunda Museum, approximately 45 minutes in length.
Join us for hands-on science experiments discussing how research is conducted in space. Topics may vary. Program is held in the Visitor Center Lecture Hall, approximately 45 minutes in length.
6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Stars and Galaxies
This program explores not only the vastness of space, but how stars and galaxies are formed. Find our place within the Observable Universe. Program is held in the Rotunda Museum, approximately 45 minutes in length.
The Science of Light
This program explores the history and science behind light. Illuminate your understanding of the Universe. Program is held in the Visitor Center Lecture Hall, approximately 45 minutes in length.
8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.
Sky Tonight/Constellation Tour
Join us for an outdoor program outlining constellations with a special green laser, learning the mythology behind them, and how to navigate the night sky. Meet in front of the Rotunda Museum for a 30 minute guided program. On cloudy nights or during bright Moon, join us inside the Visitor Center Lecture Hall for a indoor version of the night sky and constellations.
Evening Telescope Viewing
Join us for viewing through our telescopes, including the recently refurbished historic Clark 24″ Refractor Telescope. View the planets, the Moon, star clusters, and other deep space objects of the season, all with the assistance of our educators.