Visit the Observatory

Aerial view of McDonald Observatory.

McDonald Observatory is accessible to the public Tuesday – Saturday 12-5 pm, and is closed on Sunday and Monday. All visitors must check in at the Frank N Bash Visitor Center.  Check the calendar for available program passes, which are subject to capacity limits. 

The Observatory and Visitors Center are located 450 miles from Austin and are on Central Time.

Frank N. Bash Visitors Center
3640 Dark Sky Drive
McDonald Observatory, TX  79734
(432) 426-3640

Join us for a special family-oriented livestream program in the early evening of Wednesday, October 27, 2021. We’ll discuss planets and enjoy live views (weather permitting) Jupiter, Saturn and more.
Link to the Youtube stream is forthcoming.



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