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Eisenhower Community Center & Observatory, Hopkins

1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN 55305, USA
(952) 988-4000
Admission: $0.00
Programs fees vary
Main Community Education Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m

Located in the same building complex as Eisenhower Elementary in Hopkins, Eisenhower Community Center hosts community events. It is home to the historic Eisenhower Observatory and a community pool.

Observatory at Eisenhower Community Center

Eisenhower Community Center ObservatoryBest suited for children in grades 2+ with an adult, an experienced guide leads the public in viewing stars, planets, and the night sky during viewing nights at this dome-enclosed telescope. The observatory is located in Room 347 of the community center.  Viewing sessions are free, but reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 952-988-4070.

  • Dress for the weather, the dome is open to the outdoors.
  • In case of inclement weather on your viewing night, call 952-988-4114 two hours prior to your viewing time for cancellation information.
  • It is necessary to climb a tall metal staircase to gain access to the Observatory dome.
  • Although viewing sessions are free, a $2 donation for adults, $1 for students  is requested.



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