Eisenhower Observatory

Experience the historic Eisenhower Observatory!

Eisenhower Observatory–experience it!

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 the night sky.

The Eisenhower Observatory is going to host a viewing event for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, from 11:00am to 2:30pm. Though we won't see totality locally, we will see 83% of the Sun's disk covered up by the Moon. In our classroom, we will carry live NASA coverage from the path of totality. This is the first event of its kind in the US since 1979! Don't miss it!!

For Eisenhower, here are the event times:
11:43 AM - Start of eclipse
1:06 PM - Maximum eclipse (83.4%)
2:29 PM - End of eclipse
The observatory is located in Room 347 of the Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, in Hopkins, MN. It's on the north side of Hwy 7, between 494 and 169 at 12th Ave N. 


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 tall 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.

More

Inside the Eisenhower Observatory (pdf, 99 KB)

See actual photos of the Lawrence Sauter telescope taken from inside the Eisenhower Observatory.

Contact Adult Programs

CE Adult Programs Contact 952.988.4070
Email

Andrea Sjogren
Adult Programs Coordinator
Hopkins Community Education
1001 Highway 7, Room 170
Hopkins, MN 55305

Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Online Registration