The stars have cast their spell on romantics, scientists, seafarers, and backyard astronomers for ages. Since 1897 Yerkes Observatory has played a leading role in the exploration of the stars and our universe. Now, the site of the Great Refractor telescope is embarking on its next chapter, an independent organization offering new opportunities for you to experience astronomy, culture, and science. Our mission: to nurture the curious minds of a new century. Reopening activities are underway and we’re ready for your visit. Welcome back, star gazers!

The stars have cast their spell on romantics, scientists, seafarers, and backyard astronomers for ages. Since 1897 Yerkes Observatory has played a leading role in the exploration of the stars and our universe. Now, the site of the Great Refractor telescope is embarking on its next chapter, an independent organization offering new opportunities for you to experience astronomy, culture, and science. Our mission: to nurture the curious minds of a new century. Reopening activities are underway and we’re ready for your visit. Welcome back, star gazers!

The stars have cast their spell on romantics, scientists, seafarers, and backyard astronomers for ages. Since 1897 Yerkes Observatory has played a leading role in the exploration of the stars and our universe. Now, the site of the Great Refractor telescope is embarking on its next chapter, an independent organization offering new opportunities for you to experience astronomy, culture, and science. Our mission: to nurture the curious minds of a new century. Reopening activities are underway and we’re ready for your visit. Welcome back, star gazers!

The stars have cast their spell on romantics, scientists, seafarers, and backyard astronomers for ages. Since 1897 Yerkes Observatory has played a leading role in the exploration of the stars and our universe. Now, the site of the Great Refractor telescope is embarking on its next chapter, an independent organization offering new opportunities for you to experience astronomy, culture, and science. Our mission: to nurture the curious minds of a new century. Reopening activities are underway and we’re ready for your visit. Welcome back, star gazers!

The stars have cast their spell on romantics, scientists, seafarers, and backyard astronomers for ages. Since 1897 Yerkes Observatory has played a leading role in the exploration of the stars and our universe. Now, the site of the Great Refractor telescope is embarking on its next chapter, an independent organization offering new opportunities for you to experience astronomy, culture, and science. Our mission: to nurture the curious minds of a new century. Reopening activities are underway and we’re ready for your visit. Welcome back, star gazers!

The stars have cast their spell on romantics, scientists, seafarers, and backyard astronomers for ages. Since 1897 Yerkes Observatory has played a leading role in the exploration of the stars and our universe. Now, the site of the Great Refractor telescope is embarking on its next chapter, an independent organization offering new opportunities for you to experience astronomy, culture, and science. Our mission: to nurture the curious minds of a new century. Reopening activities are underway and we’re ready for your visit. Welcome back, star gazers!

Mapping the unfolding universe for 125 years.

Yerkes Observatory. Come and see.

Calling all explorers, adventurers, and sightseers.

We’ve been restoring our magnificent buildings, grooming our lush grounds, and collecting historical artifacts . . . all in preparation for your visit. We can’t wait to show you everything we’ve been up to and are excited to announce that tour dates are now available. Reserve your spot and discover Yerkes Observatory anew.

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Yerkes Observatory Appoints Deputy Director + Head of Science and Education

Yerkes Future Foundation recruits innovative leader to create new research, science, and public education programs.