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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-233-3211
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Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Description: Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research...
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.
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Cool Place to Check Out

This place has a really cool history. It is the original place that found our 9th planet Pluto. If you are traveling trough Flagstaff and want something cool to see late night... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This place has a really cool history. It is the original place that found our 9th planet Pluto. If you are traveling trough Flagstaff and want something cool to see late night that is not a bunch of drunk college kids downtown, then this is a def must!

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Shoreview, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

However, there were only two smaller telescopes in operation and after waiting 20 minutes to look through them the result was less than inspiring. The staff were all very enthusiastic and helpful, but, our 'viewing' left something to be desired. I also think if they are only going to have a small portion of equipment available for a minimal amount... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

We took the Pluto tour and loved it. The gentleman giving the tour was an elementary school science teacher who was relatable, personable, and very knowledgable. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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springfield mo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Adults in our party thoroughly enjoyed the observatory; the presentations were a little long and detailed for the smaller ones, however, so I would consider ages of children before visiting. I think a night time visit would be outstanding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

When I was nine years old - way back in the mid-1960s - I read a small book about the discovery of Pluto by a young man named Clyde Tombaugh, working at the Lowell Observatory, and it sparked a lifelong interest in space and astronomy. My wife and I were on vacation in the Sedona area, and were surprised to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

So worth going to. So very worth it. The entrance fee was $12. I cannot say how worth $12 this experience is. They had three huge telescopes set up and the staff was intensely knowledgable and excited to tell us all about what we were seeing (Orion Nebula, Jupiter, and the Andromeda Galaxy). The Observatory is a literal stone's throw... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Let me start by saying that I thought the family was getting into something different. I was thinking more hands on experiments and exciting things, like the AZ Science Center in Phoenix. The Lowell Observatory is much smaller. They had an initial presentation and after about 3 minutes my daughter and I were ready to leave. My wife made us... More 

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We came for the night time viewing and presentations and it was a very informative evening. We arrived at 5:30pm and we sat in on two of the presentations and viewed three different telescopes. We were able to see Jupiter and it's 4 moons, the Andromeda Galaxy and a Nebula. It was a fantastic evening. For the night, we had... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The staff was friendly, informative and enthusiastic. We had been to Flagstaff many times but had never visited the observatory. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day but there was still a lot of things to see and do at.

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Buckeye, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

loved the view, the telescope was under repairs but loved the shop and the exhibits were very interesting

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