PERKINS OBSERVATORY was founded in 1923
by Hiram Perkins of Ohio Wesleyan University. It is primarily an active research
and educational facility used by the faculty and students
of the OWU Physics and Astronomy Department.
However, we DO offer public programs (day and night) for those interested in Astronomy.
See the 'Public Programs' menu item above for more details.
We are the ONLY observatory in central Ohio which conducts hundreds of public programs for tens of thousands of people each and every year!
Public Programs Information
Please purchase your ticket before coming to the observatory.
Tickets may be purchased by either phone with a credit/debit
or by check via
mail-in order form.
REGULAR PROGRAMS - Most Friday Evenings
Our public nights are fun for the whole family! Individuals, families, and groups of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
We have limited openings for our Friday night programs throughout the remainder of the year. So, If you want a guaranteed spot in one of our programs...buy your tickets now for the next available date!
* We do not hold the Friday night programs during the " Cerebration of the Sun! " program period in July. See below.
NEW VISTAS IN ASTRONOMY - Adult Lecture Series
This lecture series meets on one Thursday night each month, and is geared toward a more adult audience. It is a "mini-course" in
astronomy, in which OSU and OWU professors discuss their current research and any new findings in their area of expertise! Tickets
are $8 for each lecture. Tickets for the entire series are available at a discount. All lectures begin promptly at 8 pm.
CELEBRATION OF THE SUN! - July
During July, we do not have any weekend evening public programs. We
instead do a special series of programs called "Celebration of the Sun!"
In early summer, when the sun sets too late to schedule evening programs, Perkins will instead host late afternoon activities to celebrate, talk about, and observe with special telescopes (weather permitting) our incredible "day star," the sun.
SPECIALLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMS
If our regular programs don't meet your needs, then why not schedule something just for you and your group? We can come to speak
to your classes at your school, or you could bring them to Perkins for a daytime field trip. Do you have lots of Cub Scouts or Home
School children? Come see us for a special daytime or evening program. Date availability varies according to our schedule and that of the university's. All dates are on a first come, first serve
Ticket availability for upcoming public programs.
Schedule and ticket availability subject to change without notice or update to the website!
Please be sure you have
thoroughly read and understand our policy in regards to public programs and ticket purchases before you call and order tickets!
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here to read our
Call ahead to verify availability and
purchase tickets. If the schedule says, "No Tickets Available", sorry to say it means just that -
no tickets are available for sale under any circumstances.