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As Lowell Observatory continues to keep general admission closed in order to help deter the spread of COVID-19, a series of new Guided Tours and Family Adventures offer a physically distant way to discover the universe and experience its wonders.

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Online Exhibits
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Guided Tours

Lowell Observatory’s Guided Tours allow you to get the most out of your time at the observatory. Socially distant Guided Tours are limited to 10 people and spend most of their time outdoors to keep you safe. Masks are required at all times, even while outdoors. A mask will be provided for you if you do not have one. 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | Tours become bookable 2 weeks in advance of their start times.

Daytime Tour

Evening Tour

Mars Hill Guided Tour

90 minutes
Departs at 10am, 12pm, and 4pm

Daily beginning April 2

$49
Adults (13+)

$25
Children (6-12)

The daytime Mars Hill Guided Tour lasts 90 minutes and takes you back to the founding of Lowell Observatory by Percival Lowell in 1894. This Guided Tour is led by an observatory educator and includes stops at the historic 24” Clark Refractor, the Pluto Discovery Telescope and the new Giovale Open Deck Observatory for solar observing, weather permitting.

*Note: This daytime tour does not include evening stargazing.

The Clark Refractor Dome
The Pluto Discovery Telescope
Solar Observing

Expanding Universe
Guided Tour

120 minutes
Departs at 7pm and 8pm

Limited schedule
beginning April 12

$64 
Adults (13+)

$30
Children (6-12)

The Expanding Universe Guided Tour lasts 120 minutes and is designed for astronomy enthusiasts who don’t want to miss a thing. This Guided Tour is led by an observatory educator and includes stops at the historic 24” Clark Refractor and the Pluto Discovery Telescope. It also includes evening viewing at all six telescopes of the Giovale Open Deck Observatory and a laser-guided constellation tour.

In the event that weather makes viewing difficult, the Expanding Universe Guided Tour will replace telescope viewing with a tour of the Giovale Open Deck Observatory and constellation tour will be replaced with a tour of the Putnam Collection Center.

The Clark Refractor
The Pluto Discovery Telescope
Constellation Tour
The Giovale Open Deck Observatory

Dark Skies
Guided Tour

60 minutes
Departs at 10pm and 11pm

Limited schedule
beginning April 12

$34 
Adults (13+)

$20
Children (6-12)

The nighttime Dark Skies Guided Tour lasts 60 minutes and gives you an intimate look at the wonders of the night sky. This Guided Tour is led by an observatory educator and includes a laser-guided constellation tour and viewing at all six telescopes of the Giovale Open Deck Observatory.

In the event that weather makes viewing difficult, the Dark Skies Tour will replace telescope viewing with a tour of the Giovale Open Deck Observatory and constellation tours will be replaced with a tour of the Pluto telescope.

*Note: This tour does not include visits to the historic 24” Clark refractor or the 13” astrograph used to discover Pluto.

Constellation Tour
The Giovale Open Deck Observatory

Family Adventures

Lowell Observatory’s Family Adventures are designed with children in mind. History and science topics are geared towards kids and even include science demonstrations! Like the others, Lowell’s guided family tours are limited to 10 people and spend most of their time outdoors to keep you safe. Where included, evening stargazing includes access to all six telescopes of the new Giovale Open Deck Observatory, all without waiting in a single line. Masks are required at all times for children and adults, even while outdoors. A mask will be provided for you if you do not have one. 

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | Tours become bookable 2 weeks in advance of their start times.

Daytime Tour

Evening Tour

Mars and Pluto
Family Adventure

90 minutes
Departs at 2pm

Daily beginning April 2

$49
Adults (13+)

$25
Children (6-12)

Future planetary scientists, take note! The daytime Mars and Pluto Family Adventure lasts 90 minutes and highlights the planets that were famously studied at Lowell Observatory. This guided tour is led by an observatory educator and includes spectroscopy and liquid nitrogen science experiments as well as stops at the 32-foot-long Clark Refractor that Percival Lowell used to study Mars, the Pluto Discovery Telescope that Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto, and the new Giovale Open Deck Observatory where you’ll safely observe the Sun, weather permitting. 

*Note: This daytime tour does not include evening stargazing.

Science Demos
The Clark Refractor Dome
The Pluto Discovery Telescope
Solar Observing

Super Scopes
Family Adventure

90 minutes
Departs at 6pm

Limited schedule
beginning April 12

$49
Adults (13+)

$25
Children (6-12)

Calling all young astronomers! The Super Scopes Family Adventure lasts 90 minutes and highlights the planets that were famously studied at Lowell Observatory. This guided tour is led by an observatory educator and includes spectroscopy and liquid nitrogen science experiments as well as stops at the 32-foot-long Clark Refractor that Percival Lowell used to study Mars, the Pluto Discovery Telescope that Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto, and the new Giovale Open Deck Observatory where you will observe the stars, weather and sunset time permitting.

*Note: Due to the rotation of Earth, sunset times change throughout the year and stargazing may not be available.

Science Demos
The Clark Refractor
The Pluto Discovery Telescope
The Giovale Open Deck Observatory
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