Our 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.

students holding a meteorite

Make an Impact

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.

Real Results

We welcome 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.

How Your Support Matters

General Fund 

Addresses current needs and will be released to us within the fiscal year 


Builds a legacy source of income that grows with donations and allows us a yearly stipend on investments

Checks Accepted

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

Send checks to: 

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

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