Located in Riverview Park, the Allegheny Observatory is one of the major astronomical research institutions of the world and operated by the University Of Pittsburgh.
Although pioneering in pure research is the chief function of the observatory, its telescopes and instrumental equipment are available for use by students of the university and observatory astronomers teach both credit and non-credit classes at the university. Throughout its long history the observatory has always been aware, too, of its obligation to allow the public to become acquainted with the wonders of the night sky by actual observations and illustrated lectures.
Besides the three domes that house telescopes, the hundred-year-old building contains a glass-roofed, three floor library, lecture halls, classrooms, a plate vault with 111,000 astronomical glass plates, brass statues, stained glass windows, unique architecture and a hand-tiled crypt containing the cremated bodies of astronomers.
Established in 1894, Riverview Park covers 287-acres of historic property, most notably the Allegheny Observatory, which was built in 1900. Other facilities include a wooded trail, playground, open sports areas and a shelter.
From the park, visitors can see views of Downtown, North Side and (in the distance) even Oakland.
Varies per season; call for information.
Free, on-site parking is available.