Getting Here

We are closed from December 1 — March 1. During our season we are open to the public for ticketed events. No drop-in visitors can be accommodated at this time.

aerial view of Dyer Observatory


Dyer Observatory
100 Oman Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027

We are NOT located on the Vanderbilt main campus. Please use Google Maps or the driving directions below.

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  • Oman Drive is 1/2 mile north of the Old Hickory Boulevard intersection with Granny White Pike in Brentwood.
  • If you are heading north from Old Hickory Boulevard, Oman Drive will be to your right across from the Richland Country Club golf course. Look for our blue sign on Granny White Pike and turn onto the road with the sandstone gate entry.
  • If you are heading south from Harding Place/ Battery Lane, you will pass Otter Creek Road and Granny White Market. Continue farther south on Granny White just past the Vocé entrance. Oman Drive will be on the left with a sandstone gate entry.
  • Follow Oman Drive to the very top of the hill, past the High Valley subdivision. At the top, you will see our gates.


We have a large gravel parking lot in front of the observatory. There is no fee to park. During large events, we have parking attendants on hand to direct you to a spot. Please notify the gate attendant if you have special parking needs. Ride share services are welcome to all events except our Bluebird on the Mountain concerts.


Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is partially accessible with a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and building access to all venues and most public areas. 

Entrances and Main Floor

The entrances to the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory offices, library, residence, and back patio are fully accessible, along with the exhibits on the main floor. There is ample seating in the library for resting.

The Seyfert Telescope

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a 1953 building. There are no elevators to access the second floor, where the Seyfert Telescope is located. There are 20 steps leading to the second floor of the observatory with a landing at the halfway point.

Please let us know when you get your tickets if someone in your group cannot climb the stairs, so we may attempt to make some accommodation with another telescope if skies are clear enough for viewing.


An accessible restroom is located in the main hall of the observatory, and an accessible restroom is located in the residence.

Contact Us

For general information on accessibility or questions in general, please feel free to reach out

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