Observatories

The University maintains a student observatory located at Angell Hall on central campuses and a Radio Astronomy Observatory at "Peach Mountain" north of Ann Arbor. These are open to visitors at various times announced throughout the year.

The historic University of Michigan Detroit Observatory is a center for the study of 19th century science, technology, and culture. Its activities and programs include a museum, lecture series, interpretive tours and lectures, university instruction and academic course collaborations, research and publications, and a reference library. The Detroit Observatory, named in honor of its original donors from Detroit, was built in 1854. Its recent award-winning historical restoration brought the building and its historic telescopes back to their original glory. Visitors can enjoy the museum exhibits, see telescopes from the 1850s in their original mounts, and learn about science at the University in the 19th century. The Observatory, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the oldest building on the U of M campus in its original condition. To learn more about the history of the Observatory, its restoration, and the schedule of events, visit http://bentley.umich.edu/observatory/ or call 763-2230 for information. The U-M Detroit Observatory is located at 1398 East Ann Street, at the corner of East Ann Observatory Streets.