The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center is the public outreach center for McDonald Observatory in West Texas. We aim to inform, educate, and inspire through our public programs, and support the teaching of the science and hobby of astronomy.
The Visitors Center is your check-in point for all public programs. Inside, extensive exhibits explain what astronomers do at the observatory. The Visitors Center also includes a theater and gift shop.
Below, find out more about our public programs, including daily tours of the large research telescopes and our famous thrice-weekly Star Parties under some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States.
Extended StarDate Cafe hours this summer! The Cafe will be opening at 7:00p on Star Party evenings to allow folks more time to get dinner prior to the Twilight and Star Party programs.
Please note: the Visitors Center is located 450 miles from Austin!
The Visitors Center will be closed all day and evening on October 25th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you can visit us on another day.