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As Lowell Observatory continues to keep general admission closed in order to help deter the spread of COVID-19, these new experiences offer an exclusive, physically distant way to discover the universe and experience its wonders.

Health & Safety Guidelines
Learn about how we are keeping you safe, plus the rules of entry.

Online Exhibits
Our exhibit halls are closed, but you can still enjoy a selection of online exhibits.

Starry Skies Shop
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Experience no-wait stargazing with a Premium Access experience—only at Lowell Observatory.
These private, personalized expeditions across the stars are so much more than a stargazing session—they are a guided journey through the cosmos that allows you to choose your own destinations. 

Using our advanced telescopes, specially trained educators will show you the best of what the night sky has to offer, including any types of objects that you would like to see. Outside, your educator will use a high-powered laser to point out prominent stars and constellations while sharing epic tales of how the stars first formed.* During Daytime Premium Access, relive the storied history of Mars Hill’s most famous telescopes and discoveries. For a limited time, Members receive a 10% discount on Premium Access experiences.

*Barring any operational issues and weather permitting. Stargazing is only available during evening Premium Access experiences.

Daytime

The 24" Clark Refractor (Credit: Raymond Dake Photography)

24″ Clark Refractor

24″ Dyer Telescope

Giovale Open Deck Observatory

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Clark Refractor is currently in hibernation for the winter and not accepting reservations.

Masks are required at all times, and telescope eyepieces will be sanitized between use by staff. Our specially trained educators will practice physical distancing throughout the duration of your time at Lowell Observatory. To keep groups separate, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled start time.

Unveil the universe at Lowell Observatory in this exclusive, cautious approach to reopening. 

  Masks must be worn at all times, even while outdoors. A mask will be provided for you if you do not have one.

Daytime

90 minutes
1:00pm – 2:30pm
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Please note that times change monthly due to daylight hours

7 days a week

$255 (flat rate)
Up to 5 cohabitating or cotraveling guests

Relive the storied history of Mars Hill’s most famous telescopes and discoveries.

Daytime Premium Access lasts 90 minutes and takes you back to the founding of Lowell Observatory by Percival Lowell in 1894. This private Premium Access experience 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.

The Clark Refractor Dome
The Pluto Discovery Telescope
Solar Observing

Note: Daytime Premium Access does not include evening stargazing.

PROGRAMMING NOTE:
The Clark Refractor is currently in hibernation for the winter and not accepting reservations.

24″ Clark Refractor

75 minutes

$525 (flat rate) 
Up to 10 cohabitating or cotraveling guests

Experience the wonders of the universe through one of the world’s most storied telescopes—the 24-inch Clark Refractor at Lowell Observatory.

This private, personalized expedition across the stars lasts 75 minutes and offers an exclusive opportunity to view the cosmos through the same telescope that observatory founder Percival Lowell used to study Mars more than a century ago.

*Barring any operational issues and weather permitting.

The 24" Clark Refractor (Credit: Raymond Dake Photography)
24″ Clark Refractor
The Clark dome (Credit: Daniel Bonilla)

24″ Dyer Telescope

75 minutes
7:20pm – 8:35pm
9:05pm – 10:20pm
Please note that times change monthly due to daylight hours

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Everyday, excluding Tuesdays)

$525 (flat rate)
Up to 5 cohabitating or cotraveling guests

Experience the universe up-close with our state-of-the-art 24-inch Dyer Telescope.

This private, personalized expedition across the stars lasts 75 minutes and offers an exclusive opportunity to view the cosmos through Lowell Observatory’s newest telescope. Because of the sophistication and speed of the 24-inch Dyer Telescope, our specially trained educators can offer you an impressive number and variety of celestial objects for viewing and will customize the experience to your interests.

*Barring any operational issues and weather permitting.

The 24" Dyer Telescope
The Dyer Telescope Dome

Giovale Open
Deck Observatory

90 minutes
7:50pm – 9:20pm
9:50pm – 11:20pm
Please note that times change monthly due to daylight hours

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
(Everyday, excluding Tuesdays)

$725 (flat rate)
Up to 10 cohabitating or cotraveling guests

Experience stargazing, reimagined—only at the Giovale Open Deck Observatory.

This private, personalized expedition across the stars lasts 90 minutes and offers an exclusive opportunity to view the cosmos through six advanced telescopes. Taking place entirely outdoors to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, this VIP experience allows you to choose which celestial bodies to observe and includes a laser-guided voyage across the night sky.

*Barring any operational issues and weather permitting.

The Giovale Open Deck Observatory (GODO)
Constellation Tour
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