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Are you looking for an outing for your school field trip, scout group, church, or work cohort? Or imagine your own personal evening under the stars with your family or as a date night. Consider visiting the Veen Observatory for a night of all-ages fun featuring wonderful views of the universe at a premiere educational institution!

The James C. Veen Observatory, owned and operated by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association, is available for group tours from May 1st through November 1st.

These evenings feature tours of the observatory, presentations about the history of GRAAA and the Veen, and observation of stars, planets, and other astronomical objects through the GRAAA's large telescopes. Members of the GRAAA will be your hosts, helping you identify bright stars and constellations, point out Earth orbiting satellites, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.

Before reserving the observatory, please read through the Group Tours Information and Group Tours FAQ. If you have additional questions, email us at Then carefully look through the reservations calendar below (click on each day to view details) and book your visit using the Group Reservation Form. Once you submit your request, a member of the GRAAA Outreach Committee with follow up with you via email.


John Ball Park Zoo School

East Kentwood High School

Calvin College

Grand Rapids Community College

GVSU Physics Club

Kendall College of Art and Design

Thornapple Kellogg Middle School

East Grand Rapids Robotics Club

Lowell Classical Conversations Home School

Assumption School

Boy Scouts of America

Girl Scouts of America

Selah Home School

Christ Church Junior High School

Gilliam Home School

Thousand Hills Christian Church

Oriole Park Elementary

GRPM Camp Curiosity

Hope Network

Elmcroft of Kentwood Senior Living Facility

Friday Addition Home School

Private Parties

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