ALERT: (Updated July 15, 2023) Mount Hamilton Road (Hwy 130) is closed between Three Springs Road and Quimby Road for repairs. Visitors will need to use Quimby Road (which is steeper and narrower than Mount Hamilton Road) if driving from San Jose. CalTrans has informed us that section of the road will remain closed until repairs are completed (November 2023). Please drive carefully.
Lick Observatory’s main Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open to the public Saturdays and Sundays Noon to 5pm. The main parking lot and outdoor public areas are open 8am-5pm daily. The Shane Visitor’s Gallery is open to the public daily, 10am to 5pm.
When visiting Lick Observatory, please:
- Wearing a mask while indoors at Lick Observatory is strongly recommended during your visit.
Visitor Center Hours:
The visitor center and gift shop are typically open year-round. Admission is free.
Closed – Monday through Friday
Open 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Free talks inside the dome of the 36-inch Great Refractor are given at the following times:
12:30 p.m 1:30 p.m 2:30 p.m 3:30 p.m 4:30 p.m
The visitor center and gift shop and visitor center are also open on the following holidays:
Open – New Years Eve and New Years Day
Open – Martin Luther King Day
Open – President’s Day
Open – Memorial Day
Closed – Independence Day
Open – Labor Day
Closed – Thanksgiving Thursday
Open – Thanksgiving Friday/Saturday/Sunday
Closed – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Open – December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, and January 1