Visit the Observatory

Aerial view of McDonald Observatory.


Due to the rise in COVID cases and in compliance with travel advisories McDonald Observatory Visitors Center is temporarily closed through January 4th, 2021.


Please note that access to the Observatory grounds is restricted to authorized individuals at all times. Only visitors with confirmed reservations are allowed on-site or within the Visitors Center. Check the calendar for available reservations, which are subject to capacity limits and cancellation due to weather. 

Our staff use best practices in facility cleanliness and personal protective equipment (PPE). We also require our visitors to take the same precautions, including mask wearing, maintaining social distancing, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and not eating/drinking inside the building.  In addition, if you're not feeling well prior to your visit, please stay home.  We will happily reschedule or refund your tickets with no charges.

Spring Breakers: Reservation information about public programs in March (and beyond) will be posted in January.

Learn more about our livestream programs and educational resources to bring West Texas astronomy into your home. 


Programs & Facilities