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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 April 30th.

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


New from Dyer Observatory – Stellar Finds!

Each weekday, Stellar Finds will bring you a new image, 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 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!


Space Science Summer Camp enrollment

Enrollment materials are now available for our Space Science Summer Camp!

Rising 5th-8th graders are invited to participate in hands-on activities and engage with Vanderbilt scientists at the observatory plus enjoy a full-day field trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

Please visit our Summer Camp page for more information and forms.


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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