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Lowell Observatory

1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-233-3211
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Ranked #11 of 45 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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North Fort Myers, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Disappointed in our visit to the observatory. The dosent evidently hadn't done it for a while and struggled to come up with information. The telescope was down for repair (cleaning) so nothing much to see. Nice little gift shop. I could have spent some money there easily. The museum as interesting if you're interested in the Hubble. No night viewing.... More

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Clovis, New Mexico, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We went on Sunday. We saw the film and waited for a tour guide but no one ever showed up. We walked the property on our own but no buildings were open. Even inside, the exhibits didn't work or were poorly explained. I did love the kaliedoscope outside.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We were able to see four different areas of the sky. Saw Saturn before it set, then were able to see a nebula. The skies were clear and the stars were amazing. We would suggest arriving before sunset as there are some excellent exhibits indoors you might want to see before star gazing.

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IA
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9 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I drove to this observatory in Flagstaff, from Sedona one evening in mid September. Our star gazing night in Sedona was rained out, so we decided to go to Lowell. Unfortunately, it was cloudy that night, so we still didn't get to see the sky through professional telescopes. But, we did see a 1930's telescope that was... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Great place to visit and make sure you know what times the various walks and talks as they are brilliant. Note that this is a working observatory so access is limited to the open areas and there are also walks in the grounds available.

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Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Spent an afternoon here and loved it. Was just in time for the 45 minute lecture, Cosmic Zoom, about our solar system - and then some. The guy giving the talk (I forget his name) was clearly very interested in it all, and happy to answer any questions. It was only me in the audience (I'd come late in the... More

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

First time I'd ever been to an observatory. Really pleased I got to go. Staff were really well informed and passionate about astronomy. It was a little cold that night and I did have to queue for over half an hour. I was on my own and a little tierd but a rug and a coffee would have made this... More

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is absolutely wonderful to ask questions and see how things worked long ago and even today. Our tour guide was able to answer even some of my most ridiculous questions. Be prepared to do some walking up and down hills. But definitely worth the time and money.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff is a very short drive up the hill right at the edge of town. Very easy to get to. We were able to look at the sun through a telescope as it was still light out. Plenty of lectures to sit through to learn that the planet Pluto was discovered at this observatory. If the... More

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San Diego, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Admittedly, I'm not as big a fan of astronomy as my husband. But, I certainly appreciate learning new things and the beauty of a star-speckled, far-sweeping night sky. I knew from past experience that Flagstaff was the first city in the country to adopt a dark-skies ordinance, so I had always appreciated that foresight and was curious about the observatory... More

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