Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo, PR
Type: Science Museums, Landmarks
(787) 878-2612
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The Arecibo Observatory, located near the town of Arecibo in Puerto Rico, was one of the world's most iconic and significant radio telescopes. Operational from its completion in 1963 until its collapse in 2020, the observatory played a crucial role in various scientific fields, including astronomy, atmospheric science, and radar observations of planets. Its massive 1,000-foot (305-meter) diameter dish made it a key instrument for radio astronomy and contributed to numerous discoveries, such as identifying the first binary pulsar and mapping near-Earth asteroids.

The observatory's visitor center, the Ángel Ramos Foundation Visitor Center, remains a point of interest despite the main dish's collapse. It offers interactive exhibits that delve into the science and history of the observatory, providing insights into the study of the universe and the technology used in radio astronomy. Visitors can learn about the significant scientific contributions made by the observatory, explore the exhibits, and watch educational documentaries in the center's theater.

Though the main dish is no longer operational, the Arecibo Observatory continues to inspire and educate. Plans for future scientific endeavors and the preservation of the site's legacy are ongoing. Visitors should check for any updates on available activities and programs. The visitor center operates year-round, but it's advisable to verify the current visiting hours and any special events that may be happening during your trip.

This is the only science museum listed in Arecibo. There's also two attractions listed in this city in other categories. You will find the exact location of Arecibo Observatory on the map above. If you need any other information on Arecibo Observatory that is not listed here, please call (787) 878-2612 or visit their website.

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Opening Hours Everyday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ticket Fees Children (5-12 years): $12.00 
Seniors $8.00
Year Established 1963
Annual Visitors 100,000

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