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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 W Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone Number: 19287743358
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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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Our favourite site in Flagstaff

Just amazing. You can actually touch the telescope which discovered Pluto! And stand by the telescope that discovered the universe is expanding! The talks were really engaging... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Just amazing. You can actually touch the telescope which discovered Pluto! And stand by the telescope that discovered the universe is expanding! The talks were really engaging, and the staff were so knowledgeable and warm. Plus, we bought great presents for our family (and ourselves) at the gift shop. Can't wait to visit again!

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Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We had been to the observatory years ago, but decided to return. We took the one hour introductory tour, which was very helpful. It was interesting to hear about Lowell, who was a very strange person indeed. We should have returned for the Pluto tour, and for the evening tour, but we got sidetracked. If you are interested in space... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A very interesting place to visit and learn that the Planet Pluto was discovered here. There is some history here that is worth the time to visit. You won't be disappointed!

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Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very peaceful place to stroll and learn about the planets, stars and constellations. They offer videos and live talks as well. I was really amazed at the view of Saturn that I was fortunate enough to have through the large telescope! There were remote small telescopes for viewing as well.

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Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you are in Flagstaff and don't go here - you missed out. They have a day and night program - we got to see the rings of Saturn up close and personal.

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Boston, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I have loved this place for years, and taken family there many times. I was so gutted after going there last weekend - the place was so busy, a line to view through a single telescope was over 45 minutes. We only viewed one scope, and went home - the amount of people they let in was unbearable. This place... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

If you love star gazing this place is just what you need to see. I enjoyed learning about Pluto and looking through the telescopes.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A few days before I went to see the Grand Canyon, I stopped by the Lowell Observatory, near Flagstaff, for a guided tour. Our tour guide (called Jim) was charismatic, friendly, and genuinely excited about the information he was sharing. He carefully outlined the life of Percival Lowell, the Observatory's founder,and proudly explained how the complex continues to be generously... More 

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Tucson, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We attended two of the talks and they were very informative and well worth the time. We saw Saturn!! and its rings in one of several telescopes spaced along the path. There were also several other amazing sights to see. The staff is informative and super friendly. We wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Lowell Observatory!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It was really interesting to learn about Pluto and see the telescopes and historical buildings. I especially liked the solar viewing.

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