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Lowell Observatory

1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-233-3211
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Ranked #8 of 44 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

After a Facebook friend who happens to be an Astrophysicist recommended the Lowell Observatory as a possible place for my first visit, I decided it was the best choice given the vast surroundings such as The Grand Canyon and The Meteor Crater. I arrived at the site around 6:30. No crowds. I made sure to inquire about which telescopes were... More

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Medusa, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Our eight-year-old Grandson wanted to see the telescope, but it is undergoing repair. Instead, we attended a lecture on Pluto, visited the exhibits, sat in on a science class, and saw a presentation on the Universe. It was an excellent experience for all.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I went to Lowell Observatory with my son and it was most interesting.We didnt get to see the stars but went to very interesting lectures about the planets and the constellations. Percival Lowell was the man who built this wonderful observatory and he is actually buried in the mausoleum in the grounds. The first lecture about the planets was good... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stopped in on the night of the full moon in June. It was really great! There were a number of people there but not too many so we all quickly got to take out turn looking through the telescopes. We saw Saturn, Mars, and Uranus PLUS the moon. We also had some great photo ops with the moon over... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We visited only the main exhibit area. A total exhibit about the Hubble telescope, its construction, function and the spectacular photos taken by the Hubble. Viewed a live exhibit of the sun spots through a telescope - you must be there at the right time on a sunny day to view that one. I finally have a glimmer of understanding... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Recommended for all who enjoy science, history, and beautiful scenery. The tours are fairly short and inexpensive, so it's well worth the trip, and great for all ages. We were disappointed that the Alvan Clark Refractor was closed, but certainly did not ruin our visit. If you're visiting or passing through Flagstaff, make sure to stop by Lowell Observatory!

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I teach astronomy so I am a bit biased about this place. However, the workers are so friendly and so willing to answer questions. We were there for an evening lecture and luckily the weather was good enough for telescope viewing. Everyone is so willing to point out objects in the sky and it's just an atmosphere of fun and... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Highly recommend it, hubble exihibit and pluto tour were awesome. Spent way too much in the cool gift shop. The first old movie that told the history of Lowell needs updating somewhat. A lot of history and fun science. Beware of July for the monsoon clouds which did not allow night viewings, sun viewing was cool. View from Mars hill... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

What an awesome place to visit! Learned a lot in the short time I visited! Also a beautiful drive up to the observatory!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We are a family of 4 with 2 teenage girls. We visited the observatory for an afternoon and it was very interesting. We took the Pluto tour and learnt all about the discovery of Pluto in the early part of the 20th century. Fascinating to see the actual equipment used and hear qbiut the way it was discovered. The kids... More

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