BBSO Tours Suspended due to COVID

Virtual 360 BBSO Tour

Big Bear Solar Observatory is owned and operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology, since 1997, and as such it is private property. We have partnered with the Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society to provide docent tour guides and have now begun scheduling tours for the public.


The observatory is 1/2 mile west of the Discovery Center on Hwy 38/North Shore Drive. For more detailed directions click here . Please understand that due to the limitations of our docent volunteers and the physical size of the observatory, tours must remain small and limited in size. All attending must be able to walk 1000' down and back on a gravel road as well as up and down three flights of stairs to access the telescope.