If you are attending Spirits & Skeletons Friday night, please check out our event page for tips and updates to make it a frightfully fun night.

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!

Our Observatory telescopes — 36, 18 and 14 inches in size — allow both amateur and professional astronomers to conduct research while visitors gain first-hand knowledge of the beautiful and awe-inspiring sights of the night sky.

**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. The 36” mirror restoration project is expected to be completed this fall.  Keep checking back for details on when you can come look through the 36” mirror.   It will be love at first sight!

Each of our domes is open to visitors, and although viewing through the Gueymard Research Telescope is currently unavailable, the 11-inch planetary telescope is well-suited for viewing close objects like the moon and planets, several of which will be viewable in the summer months!

Depending on the time of the month and the season of the year, visitors are able to observe a variety of phenomena such as Saturn’s rings, cloud belts on Jupiter, a partial or total eclipse of the Moon, a bright meteor or fireball that lights up the ground, the Milky Way, or a close pairing of two planets.

 

 

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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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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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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