MitchelScopeOpen Your Eyes to the

History, Preservation and Science Education
Memberships and donations are what keep this an active and vibrant Cincinnati institution since our founding.

In 1842, individuals and families invested $25 to acquire the old telescope and have made a lasting impact for 8 generations in our community. That same telescope, is used on a daily basis to “WOW” school students and adults with the wonders of the universe.  21st century visitors to the Observatory can’t help but marvel at the beauty, and elegance of the machinery and the architecture of the timeless buildings.  Please join us as a member of the Cincinnati Observatory and help make the telescopes and the grounds available for the next 8 generations.

All members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Free admission to the historic landmark buildings and permanent collection
  • Discounted or free admission to Friends of the Observatory (FOTO) programs
  • Member’s meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30pm
  • Member’s only classes and programs
  • Availability of loaner telescopes and instruction
  • Free admission to the year-round Astronomy Thursday/Friday programs
  • Discounts in the Gift Shop
  • One-year subscription to the monthly FOTO e-newsletter
  • Priority special event registration


Membership Levels

It's easy to become a member. Just call 513-321-5186.

Or click the links below to sign-up now.

$40 Individual Membership
Full Membership benefits for one adult and FOTO library lending privileges.

$60 Dual/Family Membership (2 adults plusAll the benefits above plus FOTOKids.

$100 Mars Membership
All benefits above plus Observatory postcard set and two guest passes for Astronomy Nights.

$250 Venus Membership
All the benefits above plus free admission for 4 to Members-only programs/classes.

Mitchel Society Leadership Level

$500 Moon Membership
All the benefits above plus one pre-arranged, privately guided one-hour Observatory tour for up to 10 guests, and invitation to annual Mitchel Society Autumn Equinox reception

$1000 Sun Membership
All the benefits above plus acknowledgement of your support on the Observatory website; one pre- arranged, privately-guided two-hour telescope viewing and tour for up to 20 guests at the Observatory; unlimited guest passes upon request.

Click Here for a mail-in application

The Legacy Society

Through a bequest or other planned gift, you can help secure the future of the programs of the Cincinnati Observatory Center. The Legacy Society recognizes donors who have made provision for the Observatory through estate planning instruments. If you are interested in receiving information on planned giving and The Legacy Society, please call the Observatory staff at 513-321-5186.

Contributors with cumulative annual contributions of $500 or more, join other generous members of the Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel Society to help further his vision of science exploration and enlightenment.    


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