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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Holden Observatory

exterior of the Holden Observatory

Holden Observatory at Syracuse University

About the Observatory

Built in 1887, Holden Observatory is the second-oldest building on campus. Its preservation is important to the Syracuse University Physics Department. Several renovations have been completed over the last two decades to uphold the building's legacy and to restore its focus as a center for learning.

Follow our Holden Observatory Facebook page to see more photos, and observatory event notices.

Interested in Visiting Holden Observatory?

If you are interested in attending a guided tour of Holden Observatory to see the newly renovated building or look through the telescope, please contact the Physics Department. Email us at, and provide the following information:

  • The name & contact information for group coordinator
  • Type of group, and size of group
  • Date(s) you are interested in visiting the space, and purpose of visit (daytime tour focused on history of building and to see the newly-renovated space, or nighttime tour with potential opportunity to look through the telescope). **Please note: all star-gazing tours are weather-dependent.

Patricia Meyers Druger Astronomy Learning Center

On March 28, 2015 the College of Arts and Sciences was proud to unveil the newly renovated Patricia Meyers Druger Astronomy Learning Center at Holden Observatory. With this new classroom, the use of this building has been restored to its original purpose: studying and learning Astronomy.

Visit SU News to read more about this renovation and the dedication.