SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory

Tours of the Cape Town Facilities

SAAO's Cape Town headquarters, on the site of the former Royal Observatory (1828-1971) includes offices, the main library, computing facilities, engineering workshops and historic telescopes.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the SAAO in Cape Town on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 20:00. The gates will be open and visitors should park near the Main Building; then make their way to the Auditorium for a 45-minute presentation. The topic of the talk is advertised on the SAAO homepage.

The evening's programme will also include an introduction to the historic McClean telescope and the observatory museum, as well as the Observatory building.  If the weather is clear, there will be a chance for everyone to look at something in the sky using the McClean and other telescopes set up for the night.

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Click here for information on tours of the Sutherland site

Email: enquiries(at)
Postal address: PO Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa
Street address: Observatory Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: (021) 447 0025 / Fax: (021) 447 3639