Science Center Hours and Admissions


Current Hours. Please see below for seasonal hours and holiday closures.

Science Center

Monday – Sunday9:30 AM — 6:00 PM

Starlight Café See menu for hours of availability.

Monday – Sunday11:00 AM — 6:00 PM

Tour Schedule

Guided Bus Tours of the Observatory campus are offered on open days at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 as availability allows. Tickets may be purchased in advance through our online shop or purchased at the gift shop on the day of your visit. Tours last for approximately 1 hr.

Wheelchair accessible accommodations are available; advance notice is helpful, but not required. Please call 304-456-2150 with accessibility questions.


2024 Hours and Closures

School Year Hours

January 2nd-May 24th, 2024

Open Thursday-Monday, 9:30-5:30

Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Summer Hours

May 25th-September 2nd, 2024

Open Daily: 9:30-6:00

Gift Shop closes at 5:30

Pickup available! Call ahead: 304-456-2361. Visit the Café page to see the menu.

School-Year Hours:

January 2nd-May 24th, 2024

Open Thursday-Monday,

Snacks and premade options available 11:00-5:30

Made-to-order lunches available 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Pizzas can be ordered Fri, Sat, Sun up until 5:00 PM.

Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Summer Hours

May 25th-September 2nd, 2024

Open Daily

Snacks and premade options available 11:00-5:30

Made-to-order lunches available 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Pizzas can be ordered Fri, Sat, Sun up until 5:00 PM.

Easter Holiday31 March
Thanksgiving Holiday26 – 29 November
Winter Holidays23 – 26 December
New Years31 December – 2 January, 2025

Public Admission and Tour Rates

Admission to the Science Center and Exhibit HallFree!
Guided Bus Tour: includes a presentation and bus tour (about 1 hr)$10/person, ages 6+
Presentation without bus tour (30 minutes)$5/person, ages 6+
Children 5 and underFree!
Veterans and Active Duty Service MembersFree!
See our Science Center Offerings for more information about Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Family Programs, and other special events.

Groups

Group tour and meal rates are available with advance reservation for groups of 20 or more. Visit our Group Reservations page to learn more about making your reservation request.

Qualifying Student and Youth Groups may also visit for free with advance reservation. See our Field Trips, Radio Astronomer for a Day (Overnight Trips), and Scout Badge Weekends pages for more information about what groups qualify and the programs offered.