Daytime Programs

The Visitors Center is open 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Check the calendar for programs and start times.

 

Are you visiting McDonald Observatory
during Spring Break 2023 (March 11-18, 2023)?
Please see our expanded schedule of programs here.


General Admission:

Explore the Visitors Center exhibit gallery and gift shop and take a self-guided tour of both summits. 


Solar Viewing:

This theater based program includs live projected views of the sun, a presentation on the history, formation, typical visibile features, and what we expect the Sun to do over the next 5-6 billion years. On not so clear days, video and stills are used. This is typically a 45-50 minute program.


Guided Tours:

Experience an up-close look at large research telescopes at McDonald Observatory. Includes general admission to the Visitors Center, and a guided tour of two of our large research telescopes (approximately 90-120-minutes). 

Group Reservations are available for 15 or more people. Astronomy Field Trips are available for school visits.

* Residents of Jeff Davis, Brewster, and Presidio counties receive free General Admission and Guided Tour passes with valid proof of residency. 

Please include all members of your party in your reservation, including children of any age. For the safety of all of our guests, minors must be accompanied by an adult (18 or over) on all of our public programs. Contact us for more information or to ask about accommodations.