Update October 22, 2021: Lick Observatory’s visitor center and gift shop will be open on Saturday October 23rd and Sunday October 24th from Noon to 4:30pm. Due to staff shortages there will be no showings of the 36″ refractor on these dates, but the general exhibits will be open.
We do not yet have a general reopening date or schedule for the Visitor Center, but we will post the few, intermittent days we will be open above until a firm reopening schedule is established. The main parking lot will reopen daily to the public starting Saturday October 2nd, from 10am to 4:30pm, including access to the restrooms and vending machines during the same hours. The Shane Visitor Gallery will also be open 10am to 4:30pm daily. Opening and hours may change as the COVID conditions and safety precautions evolve.
When visiting Lick Observatory, please:
- Per the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards please complete the UC Santa Cruz Visitor Symptom Check Questionnaire located at this link prior to entering the UC Santa Cruz campus or UC Santa Cruz owned or leased property (including Lick Observatory).
- Starting August 3rd, 2021, you are required to wear a face covering when indoors while on campus or UC Santa Cruz owned or leased property, regardless of vaccination status.
Visitor Center Hours:
Currently will be open only on Saturday October 23rd and 24th, Noon to 4:30pm.
The visitor center and gift shop are typically open year-round. Admission is free.
Closed – Monday through Wednesday
Open 12 – 5 p.m. Thursday through 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
Open – 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