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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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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
Description: 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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Wonderful place to visit, very interesting with incredible panoramic views and plenty of photo opportunities

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Parking can be a challenge but its worth the hike to get the view from the top. I didn't go inside the observatory itself, but did walk its terraces and enjoy the stupendously good views of the city. Recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to visit, very interesting with incredible panoramic views and plenty of photo opportunities

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

There are many positives about this place. It is great for both adults and kids as a scientific museum. It is located in the middle of the Griffith Park so you can combine the visit to the observatory with the park visit. The views to Los Angeles are absolutely stunning. And best of all - it is free.

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Kelowna, Canada
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

A building of stunning architecture on the brow of the Hollywood Hills with a fabulous view. Look through their giant telescope and explore the astronomy museum for free! Watch out for crazy parking though - you may need time to walk up. Also, telescope line ups can take 30-60 minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

You've seen in in just about every film set in Los Angeles, and if you listen quietly you can almost sense the ghost of James Dean in the classic "Rebel Without a Cause" shot there, among many other films throughout the years. Like DC's Lincoln Memorial, this is one of those enduring American sites you just need to stand next... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We went back multiple times during our vacation. Love the opportunity to look through the telescope. We went to the planetarium-it was a great show. There is a cafe to grab bite to eat. Employees were present throughout the entire location to answer questions or give helpful tips. The planetarium is the only thing we paid for, the observatory is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Wow, you can spend hours here! The remodel was definitely worth the wait. Be sure and see the free documentary narrated by Leonard Nimoy; very informative. The gift shop is groovy; the staff even does tricks with the gyroscope and other gee gaws they sell.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

This amazing observatory will open your eyes to the vast universe! An experience for adults and older (10+) children, the exhibits are comprehensive and offer an interactive experience with the universe and how important this knowledge is to the survival of the planet. If you have the time, catch one of the shows in the auditorium. We enjoyed the Water... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We visited just before sunset which is a very popular time as the view is stunning from up here. Be prepared to walk up the hill it is so worth it though. We took many photos of the sun setting over LA before we headed inside. We took advantage of the telescopes in the grounds to view the moon. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Awesome Observatory with great displays and shows, The views from here on a clear day are superb. It was busy when we went (Spring Break) so we had a bit of a hike up to it, 20 minutes each way. A great way to spend a few hours in the Hollywood hills.

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