Cape Town Facilities

SAAO’s Cape Town headquarters, on the site of the former Royal Observatory (1828-1971), includes administration facilities, offices, the main library, computing facilities, engineering workshops and historic telescopes.

You are welcome to visit the SAAO in Cape Town on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 20:00. The gates will be open. Please park near the Main Building then make your way to the Auditorium for a 45-minute presentation. The topic of the talk is advertised on the SAAO homepage. The evening’s programme will also include an introduction to the historic McClean telescope and the observatory museum, as well as the observatory building. If the weather is clear, there will be a chance for everyone to look at something in the sky using the McClean and other telescopes set up for the night.

We are located in the suburb of Observatory, just off Liesbeek Parkway which is easily reached from the N2. Click on the map to see a larger view.

How to find us.

How to find us.


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Postal address: PO Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa

Street address: 1 Observatory Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa

Tel: (021) 447 0025 / Fax: (021) 447 3639