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Reviewed 28 May 2019

Observatory closes for day visitors at 5:00, like most tourist attractions, but to find that the final day tour occurred before 4:00 that day was very disappointing to my friend and me. And then we were told that there was only one place left on the 6:30 evening tour, so, "Obviously, the two of you can't participate." Why obviously? When we asked if there were any way one more person could be added to the tour, we were told the reason it was not possible was that the theater space for a small part of the tour only had seats for 18 people. Um, OK. All kinds of holes to poke in that, including our being happy to just skip the short film. However, we gave up at that point, because it was very clear at that point that the two staff were completely unsympathetic and disinterested in helping out a couple of tourists. Their whole attitude screamed, "Just move along. You're nothing special, and we're going to let you know that."

At least the observatory was still open, and the museum/building itself is beautiful and fascinating. Lots of history to take in.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 8 May 2019

Rather disappointed, as it was cloudy the night we went..I know they have no control over the weather......the night tour we went on was not that good. Would prefer to enjoy the observatory & surrounds during the day....will go back...it’s free entry during the day. No need to pre book a night tour, just enquirer on the day

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 8 May 2019

What a fascinating place...well worth a visit. You can either walk around unguided or do a tour for $5. Sit outside and watch the Ball drop at 1pm (was used by Captains to set their timepieces in the past).

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 27 April 2019 via mobile

We visited the observatory on the 25th April for the night tour with our two kids .

It was a beautiful day and the tour guide ( Kristen) was awesome . She is very knowledgeable and friendly . First , she took us out to outside and show us constellations such as the Orion belt and the canis major’s ( collar ) ..she taught us how to differentiate a real southern cross and a false southern cross.. etc

Then we went inside and look at a simulation about Saturn and Jupiter. It was quite comfortable there .

Then then went into two area where there are two telescope to watch the star . We were able to see the jewel box , the Sirius , the Orion and one more ... which I forgot the name . The kids are absolutely thrilled to be able to look at the real star using such a big telescope . One of them was from 1874!!! Which is still operational!!

It was a wonderful experience!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 24 April 2019

This was a lovely experience. It was small and informative with a charming guide. We were lucky enough to have a clear night and use of both the antique telescope and modern one was great. The movement of the dome was worth it alone!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Robin M
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