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The Observatory and its staff have a long, rich history of community engagement, both here on site and beyond in the classroom. Wallace staff and students are looking forward to visiting you at your school or star party in the future. We can support our local STEAM teachers through school visits (in-person demos and solar observing once Covid protocols allow for us to safely visit you) and remote presentations of astronomy-related material. If you would like to know more, please contact us!    

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Tours - UPDATED 10/17/22

Tour signups have paused while we work through a very lengthy backlog of signups.  Please use this form to schedule your tour, just note that it may take a while to get back to you.  

Signup Form   

**Please stop contacting Haystack Observatory or anywhere else for Wallace tour information.  Thank you. 

For spring tours, we are typically starting between 8:30-9PM and they run 60-75 minutes.  Weather depending, using the Elliot 24-inch telescope, we will typically view the Moon, any available planets and deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula.               

  Note: we will have new restrictions in place to insure the safety of our staff and our visitors:  

1)  Full vaccination (including boosters) against Covid-19 is required,  

2) Masks are recommended.  

Cost: We are asking for a minimum donation of $5/person.     We can write you a receipt after the tour is over.  Donations will help fund a major expansion to the Observatory so that we can significantly enhance our offerings to MIT students as well as the general public. 

For larger events, please contact observatory manager, Tim Brothers, wao @, with "tour" in the subject line for more info.    

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