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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, 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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Visit even if you don't THINK you're into astronomy

We loved our visit. The campus is lovely. Just walking around up there is beautiful and a treat to the senses. But the information learned on the hourly tours is fascinating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We loved our visit. The campus is lovely. Just walking around up there is beautiful and a treat to the senses. But the information learned on the hourly tours is fascinating! There is information for everyone. Our guide was an astronomer who not only had a strong hard science background, but could communicate interesting facts and stories to all of... More 

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Very educational and interactive. Make sure you have the time to spend at least 4 hours at this sight. The telescopes are by guided tour only. The grounds are beautilful and easy to walk.

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Flagstaff
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Lowell Observatory is a fantastic place to visit. The history of this observatory and Percival Lowell is amazing. Whenever we have friends visit us we are sure to take them to Lowell Observatory for an outing they won't soon forget.

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Lascassas, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We spent from 6:45p - 11:30p here attending two seminars about the planetary system and Pluto! They had telescopes set up to see the moon, bininary stars, Hercules cluster, and Saturn! Very amazing!

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Sun City West, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Your paid admission allows for you to spend the day and then return for night time viewing. We took the guided tour but also spent some time on our own taking the Pluto, Galaxy and Universe Walk. After taking these walks you see how really insignificant we are in relation to the whole universe.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Numerous informational sessions during the day to learn about astronomy and the universe. Staff was not very punctual in starting these sessions. The highlight was actually looking through telescopes at night. 1 large telescope was open with a looooooooonnnnnnnngggggggggg line. Staff also had 3 smaller telescopes open to view objects like Saturn and the moon. It seems to me that... More 

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Where Pluto was discovered! Great scientist trail to walk and the small museum inside is worth the visit. Take a guided tour when offered.

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Winter Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The people of Flagstaff are fortunate that this observatory is so easily accessible to the city. We were lucky to be there the day after the closest approach of the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto and there were special events going on all week and quite a lot of enthusiasm from the staff, since Pluto was discovered there in 1930.... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This just might have been the highlight of the trip - a trip which included the Grand Canyon. The observatory itself was okay, but the tours with "Mr Jim" were outstanding. He is a wonderful storyteller and completely brought to life the story of Percival Lowell and the discovery of Pluto. After doing the tours and hearing the story, the... More 

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Woodland Park, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This was very interesting. Tons and tons of information and some interaction. We got to see the sun through their telescope. If you go by the Visitor Center first they will give you coupons to use to get the entrance fee lower.

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Additional Information about Lowell Observatory

Address: 1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone Number: 19287743358
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Flagstaff
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 12

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