Visit the Old Observatory
The Old Observatory is still used intensively as a university building. Yet there is still plenty to see and experience in this beautiful monument. Find out what the possibilities are here.
Open three times a week for visits in combination with the Hortus Botanicus Leiden
If you visit Hortus Botanicus Leiden on Wednesdays or weekends, you can combine it with a visit to the Old Observatory. At the far end of the botanical garden you will find the visitor center of the Old Observatory. Here, you can walk through a small exhibition about astronomy and the history of the observatory. You can also take part in a free walk-in tour during this visit. Read more about our visitor centre.
Guided tours and open evenings
In addition to free guided tours of half an hour at the visitor centre, we also offer the possibility to book private tours for groups. These guided tours can be planned for a date and time of your preference and are available from €65. Read more about our guided tours.
Monthly open evenings are also organised by one of the Leiden societies for amateur astronomy. For only €4 per person you can enjoy an astronomical lecture and (depending on the weather) observation time with the telescopes. Read more about our open evenings.