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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the...

A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission and parking are free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.

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Even when it is closed it is worth driving up for the view. You can see all of LA and the park is beautiful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Fort Langley, Canada

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Fort Langley, Canada
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186 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even when it is closed it is worth driving up for the view. You can see all of LA and the park is beautiful.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Observatory is the first place I would recommend to any traveller to Los Angeles. The views are spectacular, especially on a clear day. To the west are classic views of the Iconic Hollywood sign, and possibly of the Pacific Ocean. Downtown LA skyline lies to the South east and the Sierra Madre mountains to the North east. It gives... More 

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Thank edenrox10
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were staying at the foot of the hill and had just arrived at our hotel. It was about 9pm and we saw that this was close on the maps so set off walking through the park. It was pitch black but myself along with my 2 friends decided it was a good idea to keep walking as it looked... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes, it is busy and yes parking sucks, but the grounds are beautiful, the Art Deco building is impressive and the views are breathtaking, even if it's hazy. We did not pay for the video and weren't really into the other displays but it was nice to walk through the building. I was surprised how it seemed that people were... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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68 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The sunset here is marvelous! I highly recomend this place for everybody! The view is amazing! The peace is everywhere.

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Thank AliceCristine
West Midlands
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went at sunset - the views over LA are simply amazing. Yes it was crowded and busy but even you don't like crowds I would highly recommend a visit!

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Getting to it was a nightmare as it seems everyone in L A wanted up there on Sat night. We were lucky, we found a parking spot with a Km of it but by the time we left, they were turning cars away. The views of L A at ,night were exceptional and the main promenade was well lit and... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is packed full of interesting information about space and our planet. It's also a fascinating building to explore, with the added excitement of being a location in GTA5. It was such a surreal feeling standing on the rooftop looking out; like stepping into the game. Most definitely the only place in LA i would visit again.

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I for one can not get enough of this place even though I've probably been here hundreds of time. When out of towners come to visit, one of the first places I take them is to the Griffith Observatory. There's a lot to like here. Be it the unobstructed view of the Hollywood sign or seeing the downtown skyline on... More 

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Mojave California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful building and grounds. The views outside on a clear day are spectacular. The observatory is a very cool old building with wonderful architecture and ceiling murals, etc. And admission is FREE. Not a lot of bells buzzers and whistles so might be somewhat static from people who are expecting a lot of flash but the displays give a great... More 

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