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Address: 123 Hillsview Dr, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 1T3, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 905-883-0174

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Visit to the observatory

It was a most interesting visit. We got to see the vacuum chamber used to re-coat the mirror and behind the scenes on how they get equipment up and down. We also visited the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richmond Hill, Canada
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Richmond Hill
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place sadly needs a lot of professional guidance, up keep, and a stated purpose on what it is trying to educate.

Thank Chungsen L
astroKaren, Public Relations Manager at David Dunlap Observatory, responded to this review

Unfortunately the observatory has sat empty since last August while we wait for the town of Richmond Hill to make decisions on its future operations. Please consider providing a review when the site is operational. More 

Richmond Hill, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a most interesting visit. We got to see the vacuum chamber used to re-coat the mirror and behind the scenes on how they get equipment up and down. We also visited the library and the workshop. All in all a great tour of behind the scenes workings. Of course we saw the telescope and got a fascinating description... More 

Thank Ersin5
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Nice and educated staff will take time to explain and guide you. Bring kids if they can be quiet for 1 hour or so.

1 Thank White B
Richmond Hill, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 December 2016

The Dunlap Observatory has an interesting history; it costs little to get there and to enjoy the night. The grounds are gorgeous and a great place to picnic or just stroll around. A great place to take the family, a date, or some folks that may be vistiting you from out of town.

Thank mccleary2015
Thornhill, Ontario
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I remember going here as a child on starry nights, as a teenager and even in the many years that have recently past. But to drive by now and see the land and what they have done, is crazy!! A large forest completely wiped out. The observatory is still there and you can go on certain nights they have it... More 

Thank Mellyjd
Richmond Hill, Canada
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31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Those who live in the Richmond Hill area have no doubt heard and read about all the development battles in this area - to the point of media fatigue I'm sure. BUT - once you actually go to the property it gives a completely new perspective. It really is quite something to see. The building is majestic and if you... More 

1 Thank Patrick H
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97 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

This place is worth checking out if you have never been here before. They often feature different speakers each week in the summer to talk about astronomy. Even if listening to the speakers is not your thing, you get a tour of the facility and a chance to look through the telescope. Definitely worth going to but maybe not a... More 

1 Thank Sherif S
Richmond Hill, Canada
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55 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Old observatory but well maintained. Nice volunteer staff explain in detail about the observatory history. Guide you well to sky watching and create intrest in astronomy. Very educative and intersting place to visit. Lot of staff watching with telescopes and allow to see their planet observations.

Thank Mohanarangan
astroKaren, Front Office Manager at David Dunlap Observatory, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words. We hope you'll be back to visit us again this year. Our 2016 schedule begins on May 14 and we're hoping for a summer of clear skies! More 

Toronto, Canada
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104 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016

The David Dunlap Observatory is well worth a visit. I've been three times. Always worth another visit. Staff and presentation was always insightful and I always learned something interesting.

1 Thank Michael B
Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016

Astronomers dream in the heart of Richmond Hill shouldn't be missed for anyone wanting a very cool experience.


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