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Big Bear Solar Observatory

40386 N Shore Dr, CA 92314-9672
+1 909-866-5791
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No longer open to the public

The Observatory is easily seen from much of the lake on Big Bear's north shore. However, it is now... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2017
San Diego, California

Due to the inclement weather the area was closed. Otherwise, it would've been a good place to... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
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  • Average35%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible8%
20 Feb 2017
9 May 2017
“No longer open to the public”
40386 N Shore Dr, CA 92314-9672
+1 909-866-5791
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

The Observatory is easily seen from much of the lake on Big Bear's north shore. However, it is now just used for scientific studies. If you are a scientist, there are proposal times/dates for your possible use of the observatory. But, the general public cannot...More

Thank arlene821
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Due to the inclement weather the area was closed. Otherwise, it would've been a good place to visit. Nonetheless, we were in the vicinity, except for the road, everything was snowed-in. We could still see the structure just not able to go inside.

Thank jnj-bako
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Loved the area surrounding the telescope, but sadly, no tours. Would like to see this important tool featured more.

1  Thank Susie H
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Although it was closed, walk down to the beach! No information about hours and such, very interesting building! Nice beach for a walk and photo ops.

1  Thank puresynergy
Reviewed 7 November 2015

Scientists refer to it as BBSO, the Big Bear Solar Observatory. It is operated by a group from the New Jersey Institute of Technology called the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR). Yes, lots of acronyism. In short, they study the sun with instrumentation and data...More

3  Thank Walker S
Reviewed 6 September 2015

No hours posted; no answer when attempting to call. I went on their website to find out info. and was told to call for tour arrangements. Have been coming to Big Bear for many years and have never been able to make contact.

2  Thank dpou
Reviewed 19 August 2015

Very enlightening tour here. There's lots to learn about the sun, and that's what they do here all the time. Students share their interest in the center of our solar system, our prime energy source, the sun. The huge telescope is interesting in itself.

1  Thank Francene L
Reviewed 2 August 2015

We wanted so badly to go and visit the Solar observatory. This is one of a kind for So Cal. This is a small observatory but its quite interesting. We were told that we had to go there on certain days and certain hours to...More

3  Thank marc j
Reviewed 2 September 2014

There aren't many solar observatories in So Cal. This one on the Lake is small, but really interesting. Find out in advance when their visitor hours are and definitely do the tour.

5  Thank Alexis D
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Nice to look at, BUT... You can not get anywhere near it, gated off with watch dog. Does not offer tours anymore unfortunately.

9  Thank Joanna D
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When will it be opened?
14 July 2016|
Response from arlene821 | Reviewed this property |
It is not open to the public any longer.
I have been trying to get in for twenty years. My kids have kids and my grand kids would love to see the stars from the Observatory. Do you folks realize how many people have an interest in this Observatory?
25 June 2016|
Response from arlene821 | Reviewed this property |
Yup, but it is owned by a university from the east and only open to scientists who apply for a project and are approved. The general public is out of luck.
Anna F
what are the hours?
8 May 2016|
Response from arlene821 | Reviewed this property |
None for the general public. It is only open to scientists whose projects are approved by the university that owns it.