Skip to main content
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Lick Observatory > ABOUT THE LICK OBSERVATORY (Dateless)
UC Santa Cruz Ticketing

University of California Santa Cruz | Ticketing

If you are a student or faculty/staff, please login before continuing. This will allow you to access any ticketing benefits that you are entitled to.
This is a ticketless event.

ABOUT THE LICK OBSERVATORY

Lick Observatory


TICKETS FOR LICK OBSERVATORY'S 40TH ANNUAL SUMMER SERIES WILL GO ON SALE IN THE SPRING OF 2020!

If you have not done so already, please join our mailing list for news and updates about the program. Scroll to the bottom of the page and subscribe on the bottom left hand side.


Lick Observatory has been at the forefront of astronomy since 1888.

Lick Observatory was founded thanks to James Lick, an eccentric California millionaire who dreamed of building a "telescope superior to and more powerful than any telescope yet made." What followed was the famous Great Refractor, a feat of engineering and the largest refracting telescope in the world when it was completed in 1888.

Today, Lick Observatory serves as an active research facility for astronomers from eight UC astronomy campuses and two national laboratories. At any given time, over 100 observers are pursuing science programs at Lick Observatory.

Lick Observatory has a mandate to communicate the knowledge and thrill of astronomy to students and to the public at large. Thirty-five thousand adults and children visit Mt. Hamilton annually. The Summer Series features lectures by renowned astronomers and permits visitors to view the cosmos directly through the 36-inch Great Refractor. The Music of the Spheres concerts soothe heart as well as mind.

VISIT LICK OBSERVATORY YEAR-ROUND!

The Lick Observatory Gift Shop and Visitor Center are open year-round - Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm (as well as most holidays). Admission is free. Free talks inside the dome of the 36-inch Great Refractor are given hourly starting at 12:30pm.

For more information about Lick Observatory visit us here.

Share Via

Event Location
7281 Mount Hamilton Road Mount Hamilton, CA 95140

Open in Google Maps