Chamberlin Observatory And Observatory ParkCurrently Closed
- Address: 2930 E Warren Ave, Denver, CO 80210, United States
- Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-3038715172
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Observatory, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Observation Deck
Owned and operated by the University of Denver, this historic observatory was built in 1890. The rusticated red sandstone block building is quite pretty. It has a refracting telescope with a 20-inch objective lens. Every month, the Denver Astronomical Society organises fun and related events that include multi-media presentations, views of the heavens through the telescope, and an explanation of the observatory's workings. Find details of upcoming Public Nights on the Denver Astronomical Society website.
The park outside the observatory is itself worth visiting. It is small but has a huge playground. Kids are often seen playing every variety of sport. Once a month, the park is used as a star-gazing party location.
- Tickets payable online via PayPal.
- Children must be over 41 inches tall.
- Always face the ladder while climbing up and down the ladder.
- People under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed.
Entry for public star gazing program:
- For adult: 4 USD
- For children: 3 USD
Public Star Gazing Program:
- Tuesday and Thursday: Starts from 7:30pm (in winter) & 8:30pm (in summer).
- Check the calendar for updated timing.
- Bus 21 stop Evans Ave & S Milwaukee St
- Drive to here or take a taxi.
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Get a public night ticket when the moon is new and you will be very impressed! Great family outing where everyone will learn about the history and future of Astronomy. Thanks to the Denver Astronomical Society for having the event.
We went and checked out the family night a few weeks ago and it was really fun. People set up their personal telescopes on the lawn in front so, in addition to checking out the big telescope, you can see a lot of other stuff as well. A nice family activity.
If you can get a ticket, go! Great history and information. This place has been here since 1894! And they have a bunch of cool picture of old Denver! Oh yeah, and there's a hug telescope!
This made for quite the romantic cap to our date night! We went to a Public Night, hosted by several enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers from the Denver Astronomical Society (cost $4 per person). Walking through the park for the 8:30pm start time at dusk was very atmospheric, with bats circling overhead while approaching the lit up glow of the observatory and its dome. On entering the 100+ year old building, you get that fabulous, "old", wooden smell. The volunteers gave an interesting talk, followed by us climbing the stairs into the dome, to be confronted by the enormous telescope (12th largest in the world when it was built and still one of the largest refracting telescopes). You can climb a narrow, almost ladderlike staircase up a mobile platform contraption which leads to the eyepiece of the telescope. It's a thrill to watch the telescope be rotated around the dome, and to see the huge slit in the ceiling it looks out of. There's also a balcony from which you can see the night sky to the south and they had high powered loaner binoculars on hand to use there as well.
I saw close-ups of Venus and I also saw the US space shuttle pass by in the night sky. My boyfriend and I went here for a date and it was definitely a great idea, they have a balcony several different binoculars that you can look into the night sky on your own, you have to make your reservations a couple months in advance, however, but I definitely think it's worth it.