Eisenhower Observatory

Experience the night sky at the historic Eisenhower Observatory!

Photo of the interior of Hopkins Observatoory with large telescoope in dome

View the night sky through the Lawrence Sauter telescope located inside the Observatory Dome atop the Eisenhower Community Center, Room 347, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins. View stars, planets, and more with an experienced guide. The dome-enclosed telescope provides a spectacular view of the night sky.

Open to the public, on scheduled evenings, September–May. Check current viewing dates online, type key word "observatory" in the search field. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 952-988-4070.

  • Most programs are two hours long, with start times varying based on the time of sunset.
  • Special presentations are available for Scouts or class groups of 10–20, by reservation only.
  • Best suited for adults and children in grades 2 or older.
  • Dress for the weather. The dome is open to the outdoors.
  • In case of inclement weather on your viewing night, call 952-988-4114 two hours prior to your viewing time for cancellation information.
  • Please note: It is necessary to climb a steep metal staircase to gain access to the Observatory dome.

The Eisenhower Observatory relies on your generous donations to support the upkeep and upgrading of equipment. A $2 donation for adults, $1 for students, and $35 for group reservations of 10 or more is requested.

For dates and times, or to reserve your spot at the telescope, register online or call Hopkins Community Education at 952-988-4070.