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Visiting Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

Access to Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is by appointment only.

At the direction of Vanderbilt University Interim Chancellor Susan Wente, all university-sponsored, non-Athletics events and gatherings, including Dyer’s public activities have been suspended through July 19, 2020.

Please email or call 615-373-4897 with questions. We will post further updates as they are available.

New from Dyer Observatory – Stellar Finds!

Stellar Finds is where we post images and news clippings, each accompanied by a description, of the diverse paraphernalia associated with Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory and the history of astronomy at Vanderbilt University.  For example, did you know that a 28,000-gallon cistern lies below your feet when you walk part of our property or that a house wren once built a nest inside of one of our telescopes?  These are just two of the innumerable topics that might be featured in the days to come.  Check it out: Stellar Finds!

2020 Bluebird on the Mountain

Most of us are wondering what the rest of 2020 will hold, as well as what life will look like in the short term and beyond. We can reasonably say that the next two months will not be back to business as usual due to COVID-19 distancing policies and safety protocols.

For that reason, we are going to chalk the May and June concert dates as rain-outs. Each year we set aside two weekends later in the year as rain dates for the series.  By the later part of June, we will determine the path forward in consultation with our colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Office of the Mayor for Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.

Space Science Summer Camp enrollment

Your child’s health and safety, and the well-being of our staff, are paramount. Vanderbilt University recently announced the decision to cancel all campus summer camps and workshops; therefore, we must cancel our July summer camps as well. This was a very difficult decision for all as we consider our camps to be one of the most important things that we do at Dyer Observatory.

Please check our website and social media @dyerobservers for updates and possible online activities.

Open House Days and Telescope Nights

Tickets are available one month before each event. Please note that these events sell out quickly, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Visit our Open House Days and Telescope Nights pages for more information.


Have Your Next Event at Dyer

Crowning one of Nashville’s tallest peaks, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory offers park-like grounds, distinctive spaces, and celestial viewing–making us an exceptional venue for social and business events.

Please visit our Rentals page for more photos and information. Your rental fees help fund Dyer Observatory outreach efforts. Thank you!


Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
1000 Oman Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027 (not on the main campus)

(615) 373-4897

We are closed the months of December, January, and February.

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