McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory, Texas

The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory

About McDonald Observatory

The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center is the public outreach office for the McDonald Observatory in the West Texas area. The Visitors Center offers daily tours of the research facilities (reservations required) and solar viewing programs as well as Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening "Star Parties." Star Parties are evening/nighttime viewing programs using both the unaided eye and telescopes, conducted at the Visitors Center Public Observatory at the base of Mount Locke. For more information on our extensive public programs go to our website.


The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory

The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory


Terms & Conditions

During the SARS/COVID pandemic:
• Reservations will be required to visit and/or participate in an Observatory-hosted public program.
• Guests will be asked to attest to being CoVID symptom-free and will have their temperature screened.
• Anyone found to be displaying possible symptoms of CoVID-19, for the safety of other guests and staff, will be asked to visit when they are well, instead.
• Masks (nose & mouth covering) required of all guests and staff.
• Guests will be required to maintain social distancing between them/their group and others.
• Restrooms are to be used by one individual (or a responsible individual accompanying someone needing assistance) at a time.
• The Gift Shop will accommodate no more than 8 individuals at a time.
• The guests making reservations will supply a working cell number and/or email during the reservation process to allow contacting in the event of program updates or cancellations. Accurate contact information will also allow efficient tracing in the event of exposure or an outbreak.
• Anyone found not complying with these pandemic requirements will be asked to leave the facility and campus.

Last but not least, please click on the "Book" button to confirm your reservation after agreeing to these terms & conditions.

Below is an informational poster regarding our CoVID response and policies. For a full res PDF version of the poster, click on the image below.