Tours / Tickets
At this time, we have temporarily suspended the delivery of public tours of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab.
This decision was difficult, yet Steward Observatory and the University are limited in our ability to properly support the public tours while trying to respond to the outbreak of COVID19 safely. We appreciate your interest and know that we will resume tours as soon as it is reasonable to do so.
Current ticket holders:
We will send an email to ticket holders for tours of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab that are scheduled on a rolling weekly basis. This email will ask you to respond to us with your choice of a full refund or to reschedule your reservation to a later date. If you are canceling future travel to Tucson and would like a refund now for a forthcoming tour, please send an email to email@example.com with your tour information, and we will process a refund.
Thank you for your patience.
Tours at the Richard F Caris Mirror Lab are Monday through Friday at 1 pm and as available at 3 pm. Please click on the red button to the left of this page, and it will take you to specific dates and times.
To redeem a Tucson Attractions Passport promotional code: Select how many tickets you would like. Please enter all information as prompted, and a small box will appear to enter the promotional code on the last page during checkout.
A portion of the tour involves walking, as well as climbing and descending stairs.
We require our guests to wear closed-toed flat shoes for safety and comfort. You will not be permitted to attend the tour without closed-toe flat shoes. We highly recommend sneakers for ease, safety, and comfort.
If you are looking for a particular date, please see the information below to contact us for more details. For groups of 12 or more, please call our office number to make large group arrangements. We are happy to host your group!
This 90-minute tour provides a unique opportunity to learn how innovative engineering and optical technology melds with manufacturing techniques to produce the largest and most advanced giant (8.4 meters / 27 ft) telescope mirrors in the world on the University of Arizona campus.
Visitors will see the unparalleled technology and revolutionary processes involved in making the next generation of telescopes that will explore deep into outer space and produce cutting-edge scientific research. The University of Arizona, College of Science, is ranked #1 among observational, theoretical, and space astronomy programs in the U.S. Come see why!
These new generation giant optical telescopes will be changing the way we explore the Universe! This instrument will allow astronomers to break the boundaries of astronomy and the Universe, peering back to the beginning of time to answer a vast array of astronomical questions.
|Dates||Monday through Friday|
Please click on the red button on the left for tour dates and times.
Tours average 90 minutes in length.
Your tour of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab will take you through a large-scale scientific research and development facility. A portion of the tour involves walking, as well as climbing and descending stairs. We require our guests to wear closed-toed flat shoes for safety and comfort. You will not be permitted to attend the tour without closed-toe flat shoes. We highly recommend sneakers for ease, safety, and comfort.
Age: 10+ years - All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Adults $20 | Seniors (65+) and Military $18 | Students with ID $10 (Please use this option for children 10+)
Group rates available for 12+ participants
|School and Group Tours||Available with advanced coordination -
Morning tours available 9am- 11:45am Fridays only
|Parking||Cherry Avenue (closest) or South Stadium Garage see UA Parking Map
Self-pay (Please note: motorcycles are not permitted to park in Cherry Garage. Please call UA Parking and Transportation for parking options - (520) 626-7275)
527 National Championship Drive. The Richard F Caris Mirror Lab is located on the east side of the UA Football stadium, under Gate 4 outside of the Stadium.
|Contact||Vannessa Gressieux | 520-626-8792 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
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