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Gannett Hill Reservations

10/6/2020: Faculty, staff and students can only visit the observatory in conjunction with classes and observatory development/maintenance, subject to restrictions that will persist for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups associated with regular AST classes may visit with instructor approval; other groups should seek department approval. Regrettably, we cannot accommodate non-UR visitors. All visitors must abide by the following rules:

Please check back in 2021 for the most current information about reservation status for 2021.

Mees Observatory & Gannett House Reservation Request:

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The Gannett House is available between May 1 and October 31 for retreats and conferences hosted by University personnel. Located in Bristol Springs, New York, the Gannett House is adjacent to the C.E.K. Mees Observatory, a state of the art astronomical observatory.

The Gannett House fee is $200.00 per use. The most popular dates are September and October.

The Gannett House is heated on cooler days and has a working kitchen without utensils. Furnishings include a large conference table with 6 conference chairs, a screened porch with picnic table, approximately 25 folding chairs, lounge furniture and a slide screen (no projector). The House holds a maximum of 50 attendees. King’s Catering in Canandaigua has provided services to the Gannett House. They can be contacted at 394-6407 or 396-9773.

 The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers public tours of the C.E.K. Mees Observatory on Friday and Saturday evenings during June, July and August. Use of the Gannett House on the same day as a public tour must be concluded by no later than 6:30 p.m. If members of your group wish to remain on the site and participate in a tour, they must call the department at (585) 275-4385 to reserve a place for the tour. The maximum capacity for tours is 25 attendees.

See our map and driving directions to the Gannett House and Mees Observatory from the Rochester area.

For more information, contact:

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bausch & Lomb 206
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0171
(585) 275-4351

Carol Latta Mees
Observatory Tours Director
(585) 230-9548 cell
(585) 392-7241 home