Visit Lowell » Special Events
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.

The Planets and Earth from Space traveling exhibit
December 13, 2014 - March 6, 2015

Star of Bethlehem Program
Dec 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23

The Star of Bethlehem is an icon of the winter holiday season, but was it an actual star, or perhaps some other astronomical phenomenon such as a comet or supernova? This 7 p.m. program will review the various theories.

Meet an Astronomer: Gerard van Belle
Dec 20

Research presentation from 7 - 7:30 p.m. followed by Q & A from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Holiday Star Fest
Dec 21 - 23, Dec 26 - 30

Meet an Astronomer: Phil Massey
Dec 27

Research presentation from 7 - 7:30 p.m. followed by Q & A from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

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.


Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
Noon - 9:30 p.m.

Tue, Thu, Sun
Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Click here to see seasonal hours.

Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time year round.
Click here
for the current time in Flagstaff, AZ.

Special Closures in 2014

Nov 26 Observatory closes at 5 p.m.

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