The Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre
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The Observatory Science Centre is one of the UK's leading science centres. Explore science, space and astronomy with over 100 exhibits, both inside and out, amongst the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

The Centre is open every day from Saturday 28th January to Sunday 3rd December
PLUS weekends of 21st/22nd January and 9th/10th December

Admission charges

Adult (with gift aid) £9.10 (without gift aid) £8.25
Child (4-16 yrs) (with gift aid) £6.90 (without gift aid) £6.25
Senior (with gift aid) £7.30 (without gift aid) £6.60
Family of 4 (with gift aid) £28.30 (without gift aid) £25.70 Maximum 2 Adults
2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children
Family of 5 (with gift aid) £32.25 (without gift aid) £29.30. Maximum 2 Adults
2 adults + 3 children or 1 adult + 4 children

Collection details

Science and Technology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Observatory Science Centre at night

Stargazing Open Evening

  • 19 May 2017 8pm-12:30am

This particular Open Evening coincides with 'Museums at Night', a twice-yearly event that encourages all UK museums, galleries and heritage sites to host 'after hours' showcase events. Come and view the night sky through our historic telescopes, some dating back to the late 19th Century.

Viewing on Open Evenings is always weather dependant so please check the forecast on the day, especially if you are travelling some distance. However, we do offer a cloudy night contingency plan, usually a planetarium style talk, depending on the number of visitors in the Centre.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Normal admission charges apply


Crime scene

Museums at Night: A Reason to Murder

  • 20 May 2017 7:30pm-12am

For this 'Museums at Night' event you will explore the Science Centre looking for the clues that will reveal the perpetrator of a murderous crime. The evening will begin with Prosecco and a delicious buffet supper before the investigation gets underway. There will also be an opportunity to view the night sky through one of our giant telescopes (weather permitting).
Last year's event was great fun so book now to avoid missing out!
Cost: £30 per person (over 18s only)
Why not get a group of friends, family or workmates together?
10% discount available for groups of 8 or more

Suitable for

  • 18+


£30.00 per person (over 18s only)


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Observatory Science Centre - Open Evenings

Open Evenings 2010 & 2011
Are you interested in the night sky? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Well here is your opportunity! Come and join us on our open evenings and take a glimpse of what it would have been like to use these amazing instruments. This year our Open evenings will be held on selected Saturdays during winter, spring and autumn (unless otherwise stated).
Viewing is subject to weather conditions. Please check the local weather before embarking on a long journey

How to obtain

No booking required for Open Evenings - just turn up before 8pm please phone the Centre first to check weather conditions

The Observatory Science Centre
Wartling Road
East Sussex
BN27 1RN




01323 832731

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