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.

Astronomers Lodge Reservations

For issues regarding any onsite accommodations you may have already reserved, please contact the Astronomers Lodge directly at 432-426-4139 or


To make a tax-deductible contribution and join the Friends of McDonald, call toll-free 512-475-8843 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 To hear a recording listing our current, regularly scheduled public programs, please call toll-free 877-984-7827.

Teachers & Educators

For information about classroom visits and teacher development programs, call Marc Wetzel at 432-426-3672 or send email to

Media Inquiries

For questions about an Observatory news release or StarDate magazine, or to arrange an interview with an astronomer or a media visit to the Observatory call Rebecca Johnson at 512-475-6763 or send email to

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).