2020 Summer Series Canceled
After much consideration, and the complex issues of health and safety for the public, staff, and volunteers of our Lick Observatory community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of this year's Summer Series events. While we are certainly disappointed and recognize that you will be too, we are excited to shift our focus to new virtual programming. Going forward we will be sharing our science goals and discoveries with you in creative ways over the summer. Sign up to receive email communication about our virtual events programming by emailing social@ucolick.org.

Ticket Information

General admission ticket ($25) includes:

  • Astronomy lecture
  • History lecture
  • View through the 36-inch Great Refractor
  • View through the 40-inch Nickel Telescope
  • After-hours gift shop access (FoLO members recieve 10% off)

Update 2020 Apr 14: Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Summer Series has been cancelled. Tickets will not go on sale.

Tickets will be available to the general public on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at noon through the UCSC Ticketing Website. Tickets are limited to 4 tickets per customer. Tickets are expected to sell out in record time. To get news and updates from Lick Observatory, join our mailing list.

Due to safety regulations, children must be at least 8 years of age for admission and accompanied by an adult. Due to late program hours, the program may be difficult for children under 12.

EARLY TICKETS: If you'd like to purchase tickets as early as Wednesday, May 6th, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2020. As a thank you for supporting the observatory, you'll get special access to purchase tickets one week before the general public.

Please email tickets@ucolick.org if you have any questions.

Additional Information

Due to the historic construction of the telescope domes and safety concerns, the 36-inch Great Refractor Telescope and the 40-inch Nickel Telescope are not wheelchair accessible at this time. Those who have difficulty navigating stairs may also find the telescopes inaccessible. Funds are being raised through the Friends of Lick Observatory to repair the elevating floor of the Lick 36-inch telescope to re-enable handicap access.

Tickets are non-refundable. Please be advised that unpredictable weather patterns may restrict telecope viewings, though lectures and other activities will still take place. Please email tickets@ucolick.org if you have any questions.