Kitt Peak Visitor Center

Established in 1964, the Kitt Peak Visitor Center has been home to a variety of programs and activities as well as a museum and a gift shop.

Welcome to Kitt Peak National Observatory!

Home of the largest array of optical and radio telescopes in the world

In addition to conducting ground breaking astronomical research, we are open to you through our Visitor Center programs. Learn all the ways to become involved.

The Mayall 4 Meter telescope will be undergoing various maintenance and engineering activities this spring and summer. It will be closed to visitors during certain crucial work times including the surrounding areas. We will advise you of closure days soon. Please check back.

Binocular Stargazing may be for you if you cannot travel to Kitt Peak. Go to the Special Events area Click here for more information.

We are hiring! Opportunities for Public Program Specialists: go to Join & Support to learn more.

Planning Your Visit

Important things to do or know

After you have learned about our Tours, Stargazing, Programs, and Exhibits; then please read this section with important information about how to plan your visit, find us, get the most from your time with us, and stay safe and comfortable.

More Info

Tours, Stargazing, Programs, and Exhibits

What we have for you

Whether you wish to visit during the day to catch a guided tour, learn the constellations and view through a telescope at night, or even reserve a telescope all to yourself, we have something for you. Daytime and evening programs, some very special events, programs for schools and youth groups, tours for organized groups, exhibits, and facilities are described here. This section also provides registration information.

More Info

Join & Support

Help us continue

Although many operations of the Observatory are funded by the US Government, the Kitt Peak Visitor Center and its programs are not. This creates an enormous challenge. We rely upon program fees, ticket sales, gift shop sales, and the special generosity of people who believe that sharing astronomy and making the Observatory accessible to the world is important. You can become a Kitt Peak Member, make a tax-deductible gift, or donate needed supplies or equipment.

More Info


Become a docent

If you are service-minded and astronomy-interested, enjoy meeting people, and you would relish the opportunity to work at one of the most scenic spots in southern Arizona then consider joining our Docent Program.

More Info

In the News

Read what others think of us

Find our social media site, travel reviews, news articles, and more.

More Info


Tell us about your experience

Have you visited us and have a suggestion to pass along? Did you participate in a special program, tour or evening program and would like to provide an evaluation? This is the spot.

More Info

become a fan on facebook

See what others say about
Kitt Peak National Observatory
on TripAdvisor.