Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, Tucson

Dish at the Fred Lawrence Whipple ObservatoryThe Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory is located at the base of Mt Hopkins in the Santa Rita Mountains, 35 miles south of Tucson. Stop in the Observatory’s visitor’s center to view the display and exhibits on astronomy, natural science and the cultural history of the region.

The observatory is a wonderful place to take your children to learn about the stars and the universe. They can enjoy the three-dimensional model of the galaxy, a touchable topographical map of Arizona's Santa Rita Mountains that they are in. The Lawrence Whipple Observatory also shows the history of the telescope from it’s beginning with Galileo.


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Enjoy the natural history exhibits, which tells about the animals active at night. The exhibits continue to the outside patio where you can view a display on Native American petroglyob that was discovered on the sight during construction.

Make sure you don’t miss the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory when in the Tucson area for a great learning experience mixed with fun. If you're a hobbyist astronomer, you can bring your own telescope to the public observatory deck built for this purpose. All the exhibits and public areas are accessible and some of the major exhibits titles have been also translated to Spanish.

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory location and hours

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
670 Mount Hopkins Road
Amado, AZ 85645

Open 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday through Friday, closed on Federal holidays.

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Last updated by Barb Jungbluth on 17 September, 2011 in Destinations.

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