We are happy to announce we are able to offer full tours once again. To book please visit:

Please email or phone 076 900 0308 if you have any queries regarding bookings and tours for Sutherland.

SAAO’s headquarters are found in the Cape Town suburb of Observatory on the site of the former Royal Observatory. The historic building is recognised as a National Heritage Site, and houses administration facilities, offices, and the SAAO library.

You are welcome to visit the SAAO in Cape Town on SAAO Open Nights, on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 20:00. All Open Nights include a presentation on topics of astronomy or physics, and an introduction to the historic McClean telescope, the observatory museum, and the library. If the weather is clear, there will be a chance for stargazing using the McClean and other telescopes set up for the night.

Online Open Nights

During the time of lockdown, the SAAO is offering Online Open Nights.

Speaker Title
Dr. Sthabile Kolwa (IDIA/UCT) How radio waves from distant galaxies tell us about the early Universe
Dr Iniyan Natarajan Seeing the Unseeable: Imaging a black hole

Cape Town Open Nights

Due to the Covid-19 crisis there currently are no Open Nights.