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Make an impact on the next generation of explorers

Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory’s mission is to inspire student and public interest in science by experiencing the wonders of astronomy and space exploration. Exposure to history, engineering, and the natural world nourishes the next generation of great explorers.

Dyer welcomes everyone to visit our unique tree-top grounds to share in the expanding understanding of the universe and our special place in it. We invite your help by providing funds to expand our free and low-cost programming and update our exhibits.

Dyer Observatory is a non-profit organization sustained by the generosity of the university community, friends, and neighbors. Your gift will make a tremendous difference in our efforts to bring science and exploration to the next generation.


  • The general Dyer Observatory fund addresses current needs and will be released to us within the fiscal year.
  • The Dyer Observatory Endowment builds a legacy source of income. It will grow with donations and allow the observatory a yearly stipend on investments.

You may also mail a check made out to Vanderbilt University, to the address below. Please write “Dyer Observatory Donation” in the memo line with “general fund” or “endowment.”

Attn: Contributions
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
Vanderbilt University
PMB 407727
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235

For more information, please contact us.