Astronomy Open House

Observatory Tour and Public Viewing

Occasionally, Andreas Observatory, is open to the public during the academic year. Dates and times of upcoming events will be announced on this site.

During Open House, visitors may hear a talk, tour the building, and if the night is sufficiently clear, they will have a chance to look through  the largest public telescope in Minnesota.


Visiting the Observatories

During public nights, visitors should park at the south end of Lot 1 and WALK to the observatory -- a distance of about 600 yards.

If the skies are not sufficiently clear at the scheduled viewing time each evening, the observatory will not be open.

A sign on the sliding gate at the South End of Lot 1 will indicate whether the Observatory is OPEN to the public as indicated on the map (here) to the Observatories on MNSU-Mankato Campus.

Phone Andreas Observatory (389-2691) during the scheduled hours (see above) to check the status of the observing event.  Please note, that if no one answers the phone, the event is off.

If you have mobility needs, please contact the MSU Disability Services Office at (507) 389-2825.