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The Steele Visitor Center at Lowell Observatory

PROGRAMMING ALERT: The Clark Telescope is closed for renovation through mid-2015. Daytime Deep Space Tours will still go inside the dome when possible. In the evening, we will use the recently renovated 16-inch McAllister Telescope as our primary telescope for public viewing.

Programming subject to change due to weather conditions, special events, etc. Please check in at the visitor center before joining any tours or activities.

Solar Viewing

10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
View the Sun through a specially equipped solar telescope.

On cloudy days when we can't offer solar viewing, we'll play an indoor program highlighting dramatic features of the sun.

Daytime Guided Tours

11 a.m.
Take the Pluto Tour and see the Pluto Discovery Telescope.

12 p.m.
Join the Deep Space Tour and see the Clark Telescope Dome and the historic Rotunda Library.

2 p.m.
Pluto Tour

3 p.m.
Deep Space Tour

Putnam Collection Center Open House

1 p.m.
Take a look inside the recently completed Putnam Collection Center featuring Percival Lowell's car "Big Red".

Evening Multimedia shows

5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Scanning the Skies: The Discovery Channel Telescope. This 42-minute Discovery Channel special documents the construction of Lowell's cutting-edge, world-class telescope from conception to "first light" in 2012.

Enjoy SlipherVision, our immersive space theater. Embark on a journey through the cosmos and learn to navigate your way around the night sky.

Cosmic Zoom at 5 and 7 p.m. Cosmic Zoom reveals our place in the Universe. Beginning with Sun we travel through the Solar System to the outer planets, past our neighboring stars, breaking free from our own Galaxy, and finally ending at the edge of the known Universe. This is a great opportunity for learners of all levels to ask questions about anything in the cosmos!

Sky Tonight at 6 and 8 p.m. Join us for a tour of the current night sky. This ever-changing program explores the season's constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep sky objects and celestial highlights. This presentation also features constellation mythology and recent space news. This is a great program for anyone looking to become better acquainted with the night sky.

In the evening

We'll open up the telescopes (weather permitting) and view planets, the moon, star cluster, and more, all with the assistance of our educators. Enjoy SlipherVision, our new immersive space theater.

 Visitor Info


Covers day and evening programs; reservations not needed.

Adults: $12

Seniors, AAA, college students: $11

Ages 5–17: $6

Under 5: Free

Members: Free

For general questions about our day and evening programs, call the Visitor Center at (928) 233-3212 during open hours (listed below).

Groups of 15 or more are eligible for a group discount; to qualify, you must make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance. Contact Samantha Flagg by email or phone at 928-856-9484.

2015 Hours

Monday through Saturday
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time year round.
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Extended Hours in 2015

Feb 15, 2015 - Open until 10 p.m.

Special Closures in 2015

Jan 1, 2015 - Closed all day

Nov 26, 2015- Closed all day

Dec 25, 2015 - Closed all day