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Lowell Observatory

1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-233-3211
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Ranked #9 of 34 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Owner description: Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you ever wanted to learn more about our solar system and wanted a tour of an observatory, you need to take a short drive up the hill from Flagstaff. We went on a Sunday and the opening times were a little later then what we thought, it was not 10am but noon. So we went and had breakfast. We... More 

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Cheshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Wonderful historic site overlooking Flagstaff with the old wooden observatory domes and the telescopes that discovered Pluto and were used to view Mars, inspiring H G Wells to write his 'War Of The Worlds'. Allow a couple of hours for the full tour of the site. The guides are very informative and tell a good story.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We actually have a membership. It's a great educational place to take the family. Go on a clear night & see some planets. It's incredible.

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texas
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Day or night you will want to see the view of the city. Several telecoms provide ample opportunities for star and planet gazing. Staff are adequately informed and the presentation in the theater was a lecture on constellations. You will also learn about the Lowell family and the discovery of Pluto.

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San Jose, California
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is one of the kind experience where you can have a glimpse of Astronomics and the discovery of Pluto planet. We took Mars and Pluto tour and also got the chance to look at the Sun through the special telescope. Sadly, there were no telescope through which you can look into the sky and the stars and that a... More 

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Conway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We took the Mars tour and saw the Clark Dome and the Rotunda Library. It was awesome. If the stars and planets are exciting to you, then you will love this place. They also have the Pluto Tour and Discovery Telescope. You can view planets, the moon, star clusters and more

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We really enjoyed the tours and the knowledgable staff. My daughter was so excited to be able look through the telescope that they used to find Pluto.

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

On a cold, rainy, miserable, November Sunday, my wife and I were in Flagstaff looking for something to do. The weather just didn't permit us from doing any outdoor activity and we were tired of driving around looking at stuff (downtown Flagstaff, NAU campus & Skydome). So, we thought we would check out the Lowell Observatory and learn a little... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went to the observatory to do some night star viewing. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy and too humid to do that so instead we attended a couple of lectures and went through the Hubble Telescope Exhibit. The Hubble Telescope Exhibit was so fascinating and informative. Gorgeous pictures. The staff was really friendly, and eager to answer any questions.

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Anaheim Hills, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Beautiful grounds, great telescopes & very knowledgable staff. The views driving to and from are beautiful. This should be on your list of Things To Do & Explore while in Flagstaff.

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