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NJSEA William D. McDowell Observatory to Reopen on Wednesday, April 20.

The William D. McDowell Observatory is reopening on Wednesday, April 20. The Observatory will be open to the public every Wednesday evening for free stargazing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in April and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. May through August, weather permitting. Our experts will help you see the moon, planets and constellations in all their splendor.

Please Note Before Planning Your Visit:

  • The Observatory closes promptly. It is best to arrive early to ensure your turn at the telescope and avoid a long wait. The Observatory holds 7 to 10 people at one time.
  • To access the Observatory telescope, a visitor must be able to climb 25 steps in spiral formation. The stairs have railings on either side, approximately 2 feet apart.
  • There are no public restrooms at the Observatory. There is a portable restroom located in the first parking lot on your right entering the park. (The Observatory lot is the second right).

For more information email info@njsea.com or call 201-460-4619