Open House at the Royal Astronomical Society 2022

Library of the Royal Astronomical Society, with Moon globes by Russell and a map of the Moon by Cassini on display.
Library of the Royal Astronomical Society
Royal Astronomical Society
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We are delighted to welcome visitors to the Royal Astronomical Society during the Open House festival. We will be open all day on Saturday 17th September for pre-booked guided tours and children's activities, and will also be offering a number of week-day lunchtime tours during the festival period.

Visit our library, see the results of the bicentenary quilt project and specially commissioned banners to commemorate the history of the oldest astronomical society in the world, and experience an audio-visual installation inspired by the work of Caroline Herschel. This is a collaborative piece created by Lynda Laird, Phil Tomsett and Annie Needham, and supported by Arts Council England.

Open House Tours (booking required):

On Saturday 17 September, pre-booked tours are scheduled for 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00,15:30, 16:00 and 16:30. Please book via the Open House Festival website.

Weekday lunchtime tours starting at 1pm can also be booked on these dates in September via the Open House Festival website:

  • Wednesday 14 September 
  • Thursday 15 September 
  • Friday 16 September 
  • Tuesday 20 September 
  • Wednesday 21 September 

Children's Activities (booking required):

This year children's science activities will be taking place in our Lecture Theatre on Saturday 17 September. Sessions will be running at 10:15, 11:15, 14:15 and 15:15. 

These sessions need to be pre-booked via the Open House Festival website. Places are limited to 20 children per session, and children must be accompanied by an adult (up to two adults per child).

Learn about comets and stars, make constellations, learn about astrophotography and make a cyanotype! There will also be an encounter with astronomer Caroline Herschel!

Other learned societies based at Burlington House are also participating in Open House London 2022 on Saturday 21 September, and will each provide access to areas which are not normally accessible to visitors.

Details are on the Open House London website for the following participating tenants of Burlington House:

Society of Antiquities of London (17 September)
Geological Society of London (16 September)
Linnean Society of London (17 September)

Venue Address

The Royal Astronomical Society,Burlington House


51.5085763, -0.13960799999995