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Lowell Observatory

1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-233-3211
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Ranked #12 of 46 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of... more » Owner description: Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of Flagstaff, Arizona. For visitors, the Observatory offers telescope viewing, exhibits and science center, daytime guided tours, safe viewing of the Sun, multimedia programs, shows in the McAllister Space Theatre, special events throughout the year, and an astronomy gift shop. « less
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Send, Surrey
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92 reviews 92 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

What a great place! Very interesting tours and exhibits. Plus, your $12.00 entry fee entitles you to return after dark for further activities, including talks and telescope viewings. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff and well worth the fee.

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Pleasantville, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

For astronomers, space buffs, historians, and any kid with a keen science interest, this is a must-see if you're visiting or even passing thru Flagstaff. You can take one or two brief tours, about 45 minutes each. Flagstaff's altitude, about 7,000 ft. (and few hundred higher at the observatory), and the stands of pine and cedar make mere inhaling a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the tour, which started with a video and extensive tour of new and historic interest. The guide was very knowledgeable and kept us interested for 2 hours with out referring to any notes. Obviously loved his involvement with the observatory and its research. One of the early telescopes which made some of the first discoveries was unfortunately being... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in astronomy, this place will not disappoint. On the tour you will have an opportunity to see the telescope that was used to discover Pluto.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Lowell Observatory is a wonderful stop during your visit to Flagstaff/Grand Canyon area. We watched a presentation on Uranus. The observatory employees are very well versed in the area of stars and its formation. During our visit, there was cloud cover and did not get to see the stars. Pluto was discovered at Lowell before it was reclassified as a... More

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The view of Flagstaff from the entrance is staggering. The opening times and entry are opaque and frustrating but go anyway as it's only 10-15 minutes from Downtown Flagstaff.

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Pottsville
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If your looking for a fun informative couple of hours, visit the observatory. Guides are friendly and knowledgeable, will take the extra time to explain and love the interaction with the visitors. Reccommeded highly

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I was lucky and visited during the annual science fair. This is a very unpretentious entity responsible for some of the most outstanding astronomical findings ever! In addition to learning about the Hubble, Mars, the Moon landing and peering through telescopes, I also had the opportunity to attend programs on the new Discovery telescope and the questionable age of the... More

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Golden, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Sadly, we didn't get to stay very long. We have an 18 month old, and learning quietly about planets is not her thing yet. But we really enjoyed the talk we did get to see. The projector that made the planets look 3d was really cool. I had never seen anything like it. The speaker was fast and obviously frustrated... More

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Claremont, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Excellent historic displays that could use a little dusting. I went with a group on a Friday night at 7:30 at beginning of October. A film was shown, a lecture was given and simultaneously three smaller telescopes were being used! Great views of a half-moon. Andromeda was out there and it is amazing that Flagstaff has so little light pollution... More

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