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Holcomb Observatory
Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium

Weekend Public Tours

Now Playing Selected Friday and Saturday Evenings


Showing weekends of:

February 16th, 17th,
March 2nd, 3rd, 30th, 31st,
April 6th, 7th, 13th,  & 14th


Showing weekends of:

February 23rd, 24th,
March 23rd, 24th,
April 20th, 21st, 27th, & 28th.

Doors open at 7:00PM   -   Planetarium Show at 7:30PM   -   Telescope viewing from 8:30 to 9:30PM

*Note these times listed above will change once we begin daylight savings time.

Admission is $3 for children and students under 18 and $5 for adults for the planetarium show.  We do not accept checks or credit cards so please pay in cash.  Visitors will also have the opportunity look through the telescope.  Some likely targets are the Orion Nebula and perhaps the Moon (if visible) along with other assorted celestial hors d'oeuvres.  Viewing through the telescope is always free, weather permitting (click on ClearSky Clock below). 

Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium is located on the north end of the Butler University campus and can be reached by heading west on 46th Street from Meridian Street. Butler University Campus Map.    Patrons can utilize our parking garage for a fee or park in the Hinkle Fieldhouse lot at no charge (provided no sports or special event is scheduled).   For patron information there are three seperate sets of steps to the telescope.  Wheelchair accessibility is available in the Planetarium and Lobby area only.  No elevator is available to the telescope viewing area.

If a weekend tour doesn’t work consider scheduling a group tour for your group at another time. 

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