Lake Geneva Yerkes ObservatoryCompleted in 1897 and continuously owned by The University of Chicago's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Yerkes Observatory, known as the "birthplace of modern astrophysics," offers daytime public tours Monday through Saturday throughout the year. Their knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining tour guides conduct walking tours that last about 50 minutes describing the Observatory's history, the interior and exterior architectural detail and a look inside the 90-foot dome at the 40-inch refractor telescope, still the largest lens-type instrument in the world.
Prices -The cost for all daytime tours is $10 per person age 18+ and $8 per person age 6 to 17. Children under age 6 are admitted at no charge. Yerkes tours and displays are most appropriate for ages 6 and up. Reservations are not necessary for groups of 25 or less people on weekdays or Saturdays.
Hours -Check the website for current tour times and general information. The Observatory is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day: http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/index.html
- Evening observing sessions
- Group tours
- Wedding ceremonies & corporate events
- Quester Museum
- Time & space exhibits
- Guided observatory tours
- Gift shop