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Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

On the forefront of astronomical research since 1888 (before there was even a road up Mount Hamilton) the Lick Observatory is nothing short of an icon, with its foundation set firmly in Silicon Valley innovation and technological prowess. Beyond the stunning views from 4,209 feet above the valley, the brilliant history of how these giant telescopes were even dreamed up (let along how they came to be) and the mind blowing discoveries that have taken place with them, just being able to see light years away through the lens is enough to send one into orbit. Add in tours, music series, lectures by leading researchers doing cutting edge work, and other special events and you have one of the most unique and powerful experiences of the city.


Free - Special events and tour price may apply

Operating Hours/Days

General Hours:
Thurs-Sun: 12pm-5pm
Special tours, after hour events, lectures and music concerts take place year round. See HERE for schedule.

* Please check with this business directly to confirm the information listed here is the most current.



7281 Mt. Hamilton Road
Mt. Hamilton, California 95140


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