Welcome to the William D. McDowell Observatory

Latitude: 40° 47’ 8.178”N Longitude: 74° 6’ 19.118”W Elevation: 25ft

The William D. McDowell Observatory is located within DeKorte Park adjacent to state-of-the-art classrooms and the Meadowlands Environment Center.  The Observatory’s 20-inch, research-grade telescope is open to the public, free of charge on viewing nights, and a visit is incorporated in all learning series sessions and special events.


Note: In order to access the observatory telescope, a visitor must be able to climb 25 steps (nine steps, a landing, 16 steps) in a spiral formation. The stairs have a railing on either side, with the railings approximately 2 feet apart.  For more information on accessibility, please visit our Accessibility page.

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