Mailing address

McDonald Observatory Visitors Center
3640 Dark Sky Drive
McDonald Observatory, TX 79734


To book programs and activities at the Visitors Center in Fort Davis, Texas, in advance, use the online reservation form. For problems or questions about your reservation, send email to the reservations department.


To make a tax-deductible contribution and join the Friends of McDonald, call 512-471-3303 or join online. For questions about your membership, call or send email to

Visitors Center

To speak with a representative at the McDonald Observatory’s Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, please call 432-426-3640 or send email to  Please note that our phones are not staffed all day every day.  Please leave your message and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Teachers & Educators

For information about K-12 Educational Opportunities and Teacher Professional Development Programs, please contact

Gift Shop

To inquire about item availability or to follow up on an online order, send email to or call 432-426-3645 (1-800-STARDATE for magazine orders).  Please note that our phones are not staffed all day every day. Leave a message and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Media Inquiries

For questions about an observatory news release or to arrange an interview with an astronomer or a media visit to campus or the observatory call 512-475-6763 or send email to Emily Howard, Communications Manager.