Visit the Observatory

Aerial view of McDonald Observatory.

McDonald Observatory is accessible to the public Tuesday – Saturday 1:30-4 pm. All visitors must check in at the Frank N Bash Visitor Center. The Visitors Center is closed Sunday – Monday. Check the calendar for available program passes, which are subject to capacity limits and cancellation due to weather. 

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


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