LIVE Telescope Night. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory will open its doors so you may view our unique exhibits, engage with astronomers, and gaze at various celestial objects (weather permitting). The format is “open house” so you may arrive and depart any time during the event. Suggested for ages 8 and up.
Tickets for Telescope Nights often sell out the day they go on sale, so please plan accordingly.
Please read carefully:
Address: 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027 (NOT on the main Vanderbilt campus)
Cost: $5 plus handling fees. Each person must have their own reservation. Infants do not require tickets.
NO TICKETS ARE SOLD AT THE DOOR. Tickets may be purchased up to the day of the event, but please be aware this event often sells out well ahead. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. THIS IS A CLEAR OR CLOUDY EVENT.
IF SOLD OUT: Join the waitlist and indicate how many are in your party. (You will likely have to make an entry for each person in your party.) If tickets are released, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to register. That may reach you anytime Wednesday-Friday the week of the event and you will have a limited time to respond.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All ages are welcome, but we recommend age 8 and up because of the mature nature of the exhibits and fragility of the instruments.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
We have a large gravel parking lot in front of the observatory. There is no fee to park. We have parking attendants on hand to direct you to a spot. Ride share services are welcome.
What can I bring into the event?
Curiosity! We also encourage a camera for taking photos which you may share to social media @dyerobservers. We ask that you not bring in food or drinks. DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN TELESCOPES.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may message us through Eventbrite or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the refund policy?
Due to our fixed costs, we cannot offer refunds, but you may invite someone else to use your name at the gate for entry if you are unable to attend.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. Just give the name(s) you registered under for entry. We will have a guest list at the gate.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Yes. Please give the name(s) the ticket was registered under when checking in at the gate.
We also are frequently asked if there is a dress code. We do not have one, but we ask that you wear what would be appropriate in a setting with children. Dress comfortably. We suggest closed-toe shoes for walking through the gravel parking lot. As the main dome is not heated/cooled, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. The exhibit area is climate controlled.