Warko Observatory

Looking up at the sky is something we do every day, but what exactly does the Kansas City view reveal? Find out by visiting the Warko Observatory.

a child looks through the eyepiece of a telescope

Warkoczewski Public Observatory

Warko Observatory (pronounced “Varko”) includes a 16 3/8-inch Newtonian reflector hand-made by Stan Warkoczewski and operated by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City. The newest telescopes are a 14-inch Meade LX200 computerized, Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector plus a Meade Coronado solar telescope mounted piggyback.


Open on most clear Friday evenings, starting at dusk, from May 1 through October 31.

Free admission


Roof of Royall Hall
800 E. 52nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

Access to the observatory is through a stairway located just inside the double doors on the east side of the building. Free parking is available during open hours in the parking garage just south of Royall Hall.