Visit the Observatory

Aerial view of McDonald Observatory.

Please note that access to the Observatory grounds is currently 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 request 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.

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

Programs & Facilities