The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre are closed for renovations.


The George Observatory is now open for Saturday stargazing
Picture of George Observatory

Hours of Operations
Open Saturdays Nights Year Round*

*Weather Permitting

21901 FM 762, Needville, TX 77461

Entrance fee:
The George Observatory is located within Brazos Bend State Park.
Entrance fee to the Park:
Adults $7 | Children 12 and under free

George Observatory Telescopes
Stargazers marvel at the night sky through the George Observatory’s telescopes, far away from the light pollution of the big city. It is truly a sight you won’t want to miss!

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.

In the event of overcast skies, tours and talks by our experts are still available. Visit Brazos Bend State Park’s website to purchase separate park entrance reservation.

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

Located Here
George Observatory

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

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