WE're open to the public

July 3 - August 31; 10am - 3pm Tuesday - Friday weekly

To celebrate 100 years since the opening and first light of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory,
the Centre of the Universe will have its doors open to present our DAO100 1:10 scale model exhibit from the Royal BC Museum, historic gallery and virtual reality programs to the public from 10am to 3pm, Tuesday to Friday, starting June 3rd until the end of summer.


Due to construction, access to the Centre of the Universe is closed off and will reopen Tuesday morning at 10am

Thank you for your patience




What is the Friends of the DAO?


We are a CHaritable ORganizatioN based in Victoria, B.C. dedicated to promoting public science outreach at the Dominion astrophysical observatory.

We aim to revitalize its public programming and visitors centre, the "Centre of the Universe".

All proceeds go directly to supporting our scientific outreach efforts in Victoria. They will be used to improve the Centre of the Universe building, update current exhibits, and ensure that we have the necessary and appropriate equipment for effective science communication.

about US

Find out about our organization and mission.


Become a Member

Ready to join forces?
Membership is easy and inexpensive.

star parties

Join us for free Saturday stargazing parties at the observatory!


VISIT the Observatory

We offer school & cruise tours, as well as host public events.