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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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Great views...and we got to see Venus!

Went on a VERY busy Saturday where we had to park down the hill quite a way. Only walked around to all the free exhibits. Did not see any of the shows since they cost extra. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Woods Cross, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Went on a VERY busy Saturday where we had to park down the hill quite a way. Only walked around to all the free exhibits. Did not see any of the shows since they cost extra. The best part of the day was getting to view Venus on one of their large telescopes. And I can't forget to mention that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The views are breathtaking, the renovations are impressive. The star gazing show is informational. Depending on the day parking may be challenging but it is worth the hassle. When i first moved to LA it was one of my favorite monthly places to visit for exercise or for enrichment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The views are nice, and I wish we had gone earlier in the day. We were tired after hours at the zoo and only visited the observatory for an hour. It was interesting inside, beautiful outside, but I wish we had had the time to hike around. Maybe next time.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went here night time specifically to look out at the lights of LA. It was worth it. However a lot more crowded then I ever would have anticipated. We almost missed it as they closed at 10:00PM and we had planned on being there by 9-9:30, but with the traffic and trouble finding a parking space it was actually... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went yesterday and had a great time. It's free (planetarium shows cost about $7 pp) and the exhibits are well put together. Word to the wise: it's packed right now! So many people crammed into every place. But worthwhile...we had kids age 12 and 4 and everyone had fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Even if you are not particularly interested in astronomy, this is still a great place to visit. The views over LA are spectacular – particularly at night. If you are planning an evening visit, you will probably have to park on the approach road and then make the fairly steep climb to the top. Plenty to see, helpful staff. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I visited Griffith Observatory at the sunset and it was so amazing. Reaching it by car/uber is quite simple, but then you have to walk a few minutes to reach the observatory itself. The view is fantastic because you can see many parts of LA. I would suggest to go to see the sunset and the twinkling of the lights... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The observatory is an awesome place for children and adults alike who are interested in astronomy. Don't miss attending a planetarium show. And if you go after dark, one of the telescopes is usually open and you can see planets like Saturn, which is amazing if you've never had that opportunity before.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I am a Los Angeles local, but i always get excited when visiting Griffith Observatory. Dont miss visiting this place when you are in L.A. if you can go in the afternoon and later when the sun is down you can see the bird's eye view of the whole L.A. area... Awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The Observatory in itself is worth the visit but add the view of Los Angeles and it's a must place to visit. The observatory is very fascinating and actually very educational. If you're the nerdy type then you can easily spent two hours just exploring and learning all the staff inside the observatory. If you're the outdoorsy type then you... More 

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Additional Information about Griffith Observatory

Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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