Tivoli Observatory

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Sterrenwacht Tivoli (Tivoli Observatory ) is not only the oldest public observatory in the Netherlands, it is also the tallest. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the horizon and the stories from the multilingual astronomers (including in English, French, German, Italian and Russian!). This unique planetarium which dates from 1963 impresses inquisitive visitors who are interested in science and astronomy time after time. It fits in perfectly with a visit to the historic heart of Oudenbosch, famous partly for its Basilica, which is a 1:16 scale copy of St. Peter’s in Rome.

Nescius omnium curiosus sum
Or in other words, “I know nothing but am curious about everything “; the motto of Tivoli Observatory.…

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Sterrenwacht Tivoli (Tivoli Observatory ) is not only the oldest public observatory in the Netherlands, it is also the tallest. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the horizon and the stories from the multilingual astronomers (including in English, French, German, Italian and Russian!). This unique planetarium which dates from 1963 impresses inquisitive visitors who are interested in science and astronomy time after time. It fits in perfectly with a visit to the historic heart of Oudenbosch, famous partly for its Basilica, which is a 1:16 scale copy of St. Peter’s in Rome.

Nescius omnium curiosus sum
Or in other words, “I know nothing but am curious about everything “; the motto of Tivoli Observatory. If you’re looking for an educational afternoon or evening, a visit to this observatory is highly recommended. It is open to the public on Sunday afternoons (excluding public holidays) and once a month on Friday evenings. Keep an eye on the (Dutch) Facebook page for impromptu visits. Groups from fifteen to thirty people can visit the observatory by appointment.

Amazing
Certainly worthwhile paying another visit . I’m definitely going back again,” commented an amazed visitor. The aim of the Foundation that runs the observatory is to maintain the heritage of the Jesuit order in Oudenbosch, and to introduce young and old to the wonderful world of astronomy. The stories will certainly provide you with food for thought and encourage you to consider your place in the universe.

Accessibility
Being just a five minute walk from Oudenbosch railway station and in the middle of the village, the observatory is easily accessible by car, bike and public transport. There are plenty of parking spaces close by. In addition to the world-famous Basilica, the lovely botanical gardens of the Oudenbosch Arboretum are within walking distance. A walk along the Parelpad path will take you past the cultural and historical splendour of this outstanding village

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  • Adults€7.50
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