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George Observatory

The George Observatory is now open for Saturday stargazing.

Picture of the George Observatory

Get back to exploring the galaxy! The Houston Museum of Natural Science is investing in the educational and recreational future of Fort Bend County with a revamped experience at the historic George Observatory, working in collaboration with our friends at Brazos Bend State Park.

The George Observatory has reopened after nearly two years undergoing an extreme makeover. First opened in the fall of 1989, the observatory was closed for long-awaited renovations since 2019. And now Saturday night stargazing is back! Enjoy the wonders of the universe on the upper deck of the Observatory with constellation laser tours, a combination of deck and dome telescopes, or captured live camera feeds. Amateur astronomers will guide you on your journey through the heavens, whether you are looking at night sky constellations, planets in our solar system or deep sky objects out in space.

Due to social distancing requirements, tickets are offered on a timed and limited capacity basis.  Advance ticket purchase is required via our online box office. Access inside the domes and viewing through telescope eyepieces is limited, and subject to availability & weather. Your ticket to this event is a timed entry admission, and a paper or electronic receipt is required for entry. Tickets will not be available for purchase onsite. Tickets can be purchased via our online box office.  Visit Brazos Bend State Park’s website to purchase separate park entrance reservation. Visiting the George Observatory can be the experience of a lifetime! Here are some basic “Do’s and Don’ts” when going out for an enjoyable night of stargazing.

In the event of overcast skies, we will feature previously captured images on the monitors. Visiting the exhibit area, and tours and talks by our experts will also be available. For updates on cancelation due to inclement weather prior to leaving home, visit or check the email used to purchase tickets. If canceled, ticket holders will be contacted via email to reschedule their visit.

You can find all of the measures that we are implementing on our Health page.


Our goal is to make the George Observatory accessible to all visitors. If you have a need that is not met by our current programming and resources, please email We welcome all feedback and suggestions and look forward to welcoming you!

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For guests with physical disabilities, The George Observatory is wheelchair accessible. Specifically for stargazing, there is a ramp that leads to the observation deck. The research dome has a hydraulic floor so that guests using wheelchairs can use the eyepiece when the dome is open.

Located Here
George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(979) 553-3400

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