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The first Queen's Observatory was established in the mid-19th century, the beginning of a long and distinguished history of astronomical observing at Queen's University. The current Observatory houses a 14-inch reflecting telescope in a dome on the roof of Ellis Hall, used primarily for student training and public demonstrations.

Our next open house will take place on November 14th, 2015 at 7:30pm, with PhD candidate, Matt Shultz. This will be followed, weather pending, by observations at our Observatory. All other Open Houses will be scheduled every second Saturday of the month.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We thank you for your many years of loyal support.


Public Open Houses are an exciting way for the Queen's Observatory to give back to the Kingston community by sharing our knowledge and facilities to inquiring minds young and old. Our guests are invited to come and experience free of charge the wonders of our Universe from the smallest planets to the largest galaxies!

See our selection of images taken with the Queen's Observatory 16-inch reflecting telescope by our students.

The Queen's Observatory offers daytime tours for schools, summer camps and educational institutions. The Queen's Observatory and the Queen's University Miller Museum of Geology have started a joint educational programme, The Earth & The Stars!, which links to the science curricula for Grades 4, 6, and 9. Schools can bring one or two classes at a time, with each class spending an hour at each site.


Press & Publicity

Watch the history of the Queen's Observatory in the news, which aired on local CKWS Kingston television September 9th, 2010.