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Learn about the Discovery Channel Telescope

PROGRAMMING ALERT: The Clark Telescope is closed for renovation through mid-2015. Daytime Mars 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.

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe traveling exhibit
May 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Developed by the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), this exhibition immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission. A scale model of the HST is the focal point of the installation. "Satellite" units incorporate hands-on activities about how the telescope works, and a "Space/Time" section features Hubble's contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Information and models of the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are also included.

2nd Friday Science Night: Engineering "Magic"
September 12, 2014

On the 2nd Friday of each month, we present a series of themed science demonstrations. This month we focus on engineering, with experiments at 6, 7, and 8 pm. You can also view several celestial objects through telescopes (weather permitting).

Stars on Mars Hill Lecture Series - Exoplanets from Kepler: The Ongoing Revolution in How We View the Earth.
September 17, 2014

Join Dr. David Ciardi of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute/Caltech for this free lecture. The Kepler spacecraft, since its launch by NASA in 2009, has more than doubled our knowledge of planetary systems. This revolutionary spacecraft is helping us understand our place in the universe and how common (or not) our Earth may be. See flyer here.

This lecture is free to the public. Admission rates apply to regular programming.

Flagstaff Festival of Science: Science in the Park
September 20, 2014

Lowell will join more than two dozen other local science organizations in Wheeler Park. Lowell educators wil perform science demonstrations and set up telescopes for safe viewing of the sun (weather permitting). Activities run from 10 am to 2 pm for this FREE event. For a listing of all Festival of Science events, click here .

Flagstaff Festival of Science: Lowell Open House
September 21, 2014

Join Lowell Observatory and the Coconino Astronomical Society from 5 to 9:30 pm for this FREE event. See hands-on science experiments that will delight the entire family and enjoy stargazing, viewing through a number of telescopes, and live indoor SlipherVision astronomy shows. For a listing of all Festival of Science events, click here .

For a complete list of special events scheduled through the end of 2014, click here.


 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.


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time year round.
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Special Closures in 2014

Nov 27 Observatory closed all day

Dec 24 Observatory closed all day

Dec 25 Observatory closed all day

Jan 1, 2015 Observatory closed all day