Cincinnati Observatory Center - Cincinnati, OH - Meeting Place
3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Observatory Center

Cincinnati Observatory Center

Cincinnati, Ohio
Capacity: Up to 50
3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Maximum Capacity: 50 people
The Cincinnati Observatory Center is a lovely, unique, park like setting ideal for smaller, intimate wedding ceremonies, receptions, business meetings, dinners, cocktail parties, adult birthdays and reunions. Because we are a National Historic Landmark and are located in a quiet residential neighborhood, there are limits on group sizes (max 50-70 indoors, 100 outdoors) and we do not permit amplified music at outdoor events. While this may not make us the best venue for typical wedding receptions it does make the Observatory a unique venue for smaller, more intimate events. Our staff or volunteers will be available at a reasonable time prior to your event to open for set up. Decorations are welcome but are limited to table decorations and freestanding displays. Grounds behind the main building can be used for parking if dry.
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Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — The 1842 Telescope. Your guests can enjoy views of the heavens through what was originally the Nation's first professional telescope.

Photos published with permission of Cincinnati Observatory Center

Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — The 1842 Telescope. Your guests can enjoy views of the heavens through what was originally the Nation's first professional telescope.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Cincinnati is the "birthplace of American Astronomy". The first professional telescope in the country was originally located on Mt. Adams overlooking downtown. In 1873 the Observatory relocated to its present day location in Mt. Lookout. In 1845 Cincinnati was home to the World's 2nd largest telescope.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — You are welcome to use your choice of caterers or self-cater your event. 

Because of the uniqueness of the Observatory we have a list of preferred caterers who have successfully hosted events at the Observatory.

 If you choose a different caterer, they should schedule a walk-through prior to booking. Caterers have limited prep and serving areas to work from.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Lunch set-up as part of a day-long business retreat.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Our "new" telescope. In use since 1904.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Main Building circa 1870Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Entrance to the 1873 building.
Designed by the renowned architect Sammuel Hannaford, five years before he would design Cincinnati's Music Hall.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — The giant planet Jupiter. One of the celestial treasures that can be seen through our historic telescopes.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Students pose for a class portrait on the steps of the 1873 building.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — The 1904 Observatory at dusk.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Wedding ceremony on the grounds of the Observatory.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — An "astronomical" theme party including inexpensive star charts that can be purchased from the Observatory for each guest to take home as a gift.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — The Observatory's grounds are also avaialble for your event.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Your rental fees directly support the Observatory's comprehensive education and outreach programs.
Over 10,000 students visit the Observatory every year.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — You are welcome to use any rental company. Again because of our uniqueness preferred rental companies are Camargo Rental, All Occasions and Alleen. The Observatory has a limited number of 30" x 72"  plastic tables and beige folding chairs available.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — The Observatory is the perfect location for intimate events.
50 to 55 for a sit-down dinner, or 75 for cocktails, is a comfortable maximum for your indoor event.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — For alrger events the grounds are available to erect a tent. Due to parking availability and limited number of restrooms, outdoor events should be limited to fewer than 125 guests.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — Tent set up to the west of the main building.
Parking is available behind the hedges on the left.Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati — The Observatory is located in a historic district. 

To be respectful of our neighbors and their quiet community we do not recommend the Observatory for large parties or receptions with amplified music. 

The Observatory is the perfect setting for more intimate events.
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Alternate Venue Max Capacity: 75 people
Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati

Photos published with permission of Cincinnati Observatory Center

The Observatory and grounds are available for a wide variety of events; weddings, reunions, cocktail parties, catered dinners, business, motivational meetings, etc.
Links: Website
Supported Layouts and Capacities
Banquet - 8 per
Capacity: 50 People
Capacity: 75 People
  • Access to Electricity
  • Access to Running Water
  • Air Conditioned
  • High Speed Internet
  • Portico
  • Rest Room Facilities
Outdoor Venue Max Capacity: 100 people
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