Group of students look in awe at an image of the Sun displayed on a monitor connected to the observatory telescope

Observatory for Educators

The Boeing Observatory offers a variety of educational resources from on site visits to virtual learning and more.

The Boeing Observatory offers students all over the state the ability to control the telescope & observe the night sky all from their classroom.

Since opening in 2014, the Boeing Observatory has reached more than 100,000 guests and students through on-site field trips, virtual learning, and outreach programs, as well as provided professional development opportunities for South Carolina educators. 

Connect With Us

Matthew Whitehouse
Observatory Manager
Phone: 803.898.4918
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Bring Your Students to the Museum's Boeing Observatory on Your Next Field Trip

Museum observatory educators speak to a group of students with the observatory telescope in the background

Visiting students learn from museum Observatory educators.

Boeing Observatory Public Solar Observing

Grades: Recommended for all ages 
Maximum Capacity: 50 people 
Days: Tuesdays – Fridays 
Times: 12 - 5 p.m. 

You don’t have to be an astronomer to have access to a state-of-the-art telescope! Take your group to the observatory during the open hours listed above and an astronomy educator will be there to answer questions and engage with your group. Please note that the observatory is an open-air experience and is weather dependent. There will still be a chance to enter the observatory and chat with astronomy educators even if there is poor weather. During poor weather, we show images of planets, the moon, and other beautiful objects from our telescope, and may ask your group fun challenge questions!

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