Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory Brentwood, Tennessee

“Wow!” is a common word heard around Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory.

People say it when they look through the 24-inch Seyfert Telescope and observe spectacular views like the rings of Saturn or craters on the Moon.

Crowning one of Nashville’s tallest peaks, Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory is a Tennessee treasure. Surrounded by scenic Radnor Lake State Natural Area, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and located near the heart of Brentwood, Dyer’s telescopes have pointed toward the sky since 1953.

Dyer Observatory connects with the community through astronomy and arts. Throughout the year, Dyer hosts outdoor performances by local singer/songwriters and musicians during Bluebird on the Mountain concerts, Opera on the Mountain concerts, and Music on the Mountain concerts. After a glorious sunset and great music, the observatory dome is opened and visitors are invited to view celestial wonders through the Seyfert and DeWitt Telescopes.

Park-like grounds and celestial views make Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory an exceptional venue for social and business events. The library, with its domed theater, and the back patio with it large tent are the perfect places for weddings, corporate functions, meetings, and dinner parties.

Also on the grounds is “Murial’s Retreat.” Nestled among the trees, the 2,000-square-foot house offers a living room-sized meeting space, three breakout rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a spacious outdoor deck and patio. The house is perfect for corporate, educational, and private group retreats.

Please visit with Helen and Cathy at the Dyer table for additional information and please enjoy the bookmark!

It all happens at Dyer. Whether viewing clouds on Jupiter or answering a telephone question about astronomy, the goal of Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory is to expand awareness about this amazing home of ours called the universe and to get you to say “Wow!”

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1000 Oman Drive • Brentwood, TN • 37027

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Venue Details

Capacity (Seated / Cocktail): 250 / 250

Max Number of Simultaneous Events: 0

Outside Catering Permitted (BYO): Yes

Venue Type/Style: Historical Building

On-Site Cuisine Options: Use Your Own Caterer


Budget Tier: $

Minimim price for 100 guests: $ 1,500

Venue Features

  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bridal Room
  • Full Kitchen Access
  • Garden
  • Onsite Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Outside Catering Permitted
  • Parking Lot
  • Tables and Chairs
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi Access