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  • Astronomy After Hours


Drop-In Activity

Astronomy After Hours

Did you know that the Museum offers our starry-eyed public free evenings full of astronomy-themed fun? On Friday nights from April to October, the Astronomy After Hours team hosts a variety of hands-on astronomy and space science activities. When weather allows we'll have small telescopes available for a hands-on experience, and visitors will have the opportunity to view the evening’s featured astronomical objects through the museum’s 6” and 12” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.

On clear nights during September and October 2019 the program will take place on the plaza next to the main entrance of the Museum. In the event of rain or threat of thunderstorms, no observing will take place but indoor activities will still be available.

Due to the unpredictability of the weather and variability of astronomical objects available for viewing, programs activities, times, and locations are finalized on the evening of the program. In particular, there is no observing on rainy nights and when there is a chance of thunderstorms, but indoor activities will still be available. Please check the Museum’s Twitter feed (@museumofscience) or call our hotline at 617-589-0267 for information. We'll update with the evening’s plans by 5:30 pm on the day of the program.

Program Hours

In 2019, this seasonal program will run on Friday nights only, from April 5 – October 25.

In September and October program hours are 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

This program is free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Lowell Institute.


Approximately 20 minutes


Outside Museum Entrance. Find on map


Recommended for: Grades Pre-K – 12 and adults