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Santana Astronomical Observatory

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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What a wonderful facility- well worth visiting- English speaking staff

Excellent for Adults and children ,we attended an open evening which are normally on the first... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
stjean11
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Dorset, United Kingdom
Enthusiastic staff

I visited with my son on the last day of the holiday and wished we had a bit more time, we had our... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
952cliveg
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Eaglesfield, United Kingdom
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11 Oct 2018
“What a wonderful facility- well worth visiting- English speaking staff”
17 Aug 2018
“Enthusiastic staff ”
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The Observatório Astronómico de Santana (Santana's Astronomical Observatory) is a Science Center in the Azores, part of the Azores' Region Science Center Network, that has science and educational outreach as its main goal, always focusing in the...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Rua de Santana | Pico do Bode, Rabo de Peixe, Sao Miguel 9600-166, Portugal
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+351 296 492 764
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

Excellent for Adults and children ,we attended an open evening which are normally on the first Friday of each month from 21 hr to 23 hr but as Friday was a holiday it was open on the Thursday evening. They had some Physicists from Portugal...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank stjean11
Pedro G, Gerente geral at Santana Astronomical Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Thank you very much for your enthusiasm and kind words. Indeed, bringing your telescope to the Azores might turn out to be an inconsequential hassle, but you can always find us to help you observe the still dark night sky of the Azores. Hope you...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

I visited with my son on the last day of the holiday and wished we had a bit more time, we had our own private tour and were allowed to view the sun with telescopes set up out staff, we were also shown the main...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Pedro G, Gerente de relações públicas at Santana Astronomical Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Hello Clive, Thank you for your kind words. The budding astrophysicists are the reason why we are here. Hope you can visit us again in the future, where hopefully we can havr much more to show you!

Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Very good exhibition which was well explained by the staff together with a lot of patience for our kids. The moview in the dome was very informative. Can really recommend the place.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Pedro G, Gerente de relações públicas at Santana Astronomical Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Tobias, Glad you enjoyed your visit. We always try our best to offer the best time to everyone, dispite age or knowledge. Hope you can visit us again. All the best!

Reviewed 12 March 2018

We came here for a few hours on the last day on the island. Although fairly small, the information inside is plentiful. The staff are really friendly and we had our own version of a private tour, given there was no one else around. Lots...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Very informative and the staff are happy to discuss the displays with you. I learnt a lot! ITs also outstandingly good value !

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

The observatory is well worth a visit, it's not a huge place with massive telescopes and lots of technological wizardry but it is run by astronomers who are enthusiastic about their work and the subject which makes for a very interesting and informative 2 hours....More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank 23adamy
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This is a very small observatory but with some very interesting features. First the reception was very warm as I guess we were the fist visitors that day. A very nice lady guide us through the place for around 15 min explaining everything before giving...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank TomFarhias
Pedro G, Gerente de relações públicas at Santana Astronomical Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to have given you a good time. We're always doing our best to help create a fun way for everyone to learn more about Science and the Universe. And it is an honour to be recognized...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

We arrived here just by chance but we were so happy to visit this interesting place run by enthusiasts astronomers. Pedro's explanations were fascinating, he did show us not only the exhibition but also the planetarium, various telescopes and some interesting videos. We have been...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Pedro G, Gestor de Relações Públicas at Santana Astronomical Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Dear Giorgio, Thank you for your kind words. We are always enthusiastic when we're visited by curious and interested people just like yourself. It was a pleasure having you and hopefully we will see you again next time you're in the Azores.

Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful views and lovely hiking surround this observatory. The drive in is worth the detour alone!

Date of experience: April 2017
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Pedro G, Gerente de relações públicas at Santana Astronomical Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Thank you for much for you review. Hopefully you'll visit again in the future and we'll more to show. Best regards.

Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I had no high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised! I had a lot of fun and it was very informative. The staff was very helpfull and explained a lot. There were fun activities and it all was nicely set up with the telescope, a...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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