This place is currently closed. It will be closed tomorrow too.

Tips

Bring a picnic-style lunch since it is a long drive up.

The view of the South Bay Area is incredible from here. You will be at 4200 feet above sea level.

It cost $70,000 to build the Lick Observatory and was completed in 1887.

Location
7281 Mt Hamilton Rd Mt. Hamilton, California
United States
37.341085, -121.642989
Contact
Photos
Thumbnail of Front Entrance Thumbnail of Telescope in Dome Thumbnail of Meteorite that weighs 200lbs Thumbnail of Hallway with Photos Thumbnail of Exhibit Room Thumbnail of CCDs Thumbnail of Back of the Dome Thumbnail of Additional Telescope Domes on Property Thumbnail of Head Statue Thumbnail of Telescope in Dome
Description
The UC Observatories (UCO) is a multicampus astroniomical research unit, with headquarters on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

UCO operates the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, the technical labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA.

UCO is also a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the center for the UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project.
Hours of Operation
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Prices

Admission is FREE.


Infant age 0 to 2
FREE
Child age 3 to 6
FREE
Youth age 7 to 17
FREE
Adult age 18 to 64
FREE
Senior age 65 +
FREE

Reviews

Kevin Elliott
CHECKED IN ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

For me the big draw to the Lick Observatory was the view of the South Bay Area and the giant telescopes they own. I haven't had a chance to experience a summer event where you get to look through a telescope at something spectacular. But the self-guided free museum during the day is somewhat lackluster. The educational materials lining the hallways and side rooms is fascinating and helpful, if you are into space and astronomy. Perhaps it is all a bit outdated in terms of presentation, but the facts are up to date. Definitely worth a visit, at least once.

Exhibits


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Events

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