A front row seat to the stars!


The George Observatory, located about one hour’s drive south of Houston within scenic Brazos Bend State Park, is a satellite facility of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Three Domed Telescopes create a stunning view of the night sky!

Bring your family out to Brazos Bend State Park to enjoy the George Observatory. Admission to the Observatory includes telescope viewing through all three large research domes. Amateur astronomers also bring an array of telescopes for you to look through and learn about the night sky. Come early to enjoy a Discovery Dome movie and look at the Sun with our solar scope. As it gets dark we can begin viewing, weather permitting. Astronomers are located at every telescope to answer questions and position the scopes for you.

**Please note that due to necessary repairs and maintenance of our 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope, a new 11-inch, F 15-refracting telescope — donated by Preston and Donna Engebretson of Houston — has been mounted in that dome for continued viewing. Keep checking back for details on when you can come look through the 36” mirror. It will be love at first sight!

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. 

 

 

Directions & Admission

Directions & Admission

From pricing to where to park, everything you need to know to get started stargazing at the George Observatory!

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FAQs

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for the George Observatory

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Group Reservations

Group Reservations

The George Observatory is available for groups on Friday nights by reservation. We also accommodate school groups during the week.

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Events

Events

Events at the George Observatory

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Discovery Dome

Discovery Dome

Blast into outer space on Saturday nights no matter the weather with our inflatable Discovery Dome Planetarium.

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Telescopes

Telescopes

The 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope is one of the largest telescopes in the US that is regularly available for public viewing.

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Expedition Center

Expedition Center

This learning experience transforms students into scientists, engineers or researchers on a simulated space mission.

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Meteorites

Meteorites

Including part of the Allende, carbonaceous chondrite meteorite, which fell to the Earth on Feb. 8, 1969.

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Scouts

Scouts

Blast off on a simulated mission to the Moon; missions are adaptable for all age levels of Scouts.

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Birthdays

Birthdays

You child can blast off for fun on their birthday! Register for one of these exciting missions for kids 8 and up.

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Overnight Experiences

Overnight Experiences

Groups can register to enjoy an exclusive Overnight Experience at the George Observatory!

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