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Address: 1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-233-3211
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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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Educational family visit

We came by on a slow weekday afternoon and had the opportunity to talk to a number of the docents about the history and science that goes on at the Observatory. Before coming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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83 reviews 83 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We came by on a slow weekday afternoon and had the opportunity to talk to a number of the docents about the history and science that goes on at the Observatory. Before coming here I had no idea it was related to the family that established the textile mills in Lowell MA. I would not recommend this for young kids... More 

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Phoenix AZ
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My husband worked here for years, long before I met him .I have been there too, so I have experienced its many wonders and its friendly staff. A great educational experience as well. Price excellent. A wonderful experience for many ages. be sure to see the night sky program.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is an observatory with a great history and it comes with big expectations. They built a $50+ million telescope recently and you can't even utilize it at this facility. The museum-like exhibits are static and less than spectacular. They offer lectures and a very interesting movie about the design and construction of the Discover Channel Telesccpe. This was my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Loved the observatory. Perfect for all ages. Had 2 great tours led by Travis. Unfortunately a cloudy day so no star gazing, but we will definitely come back to have that experience. Very informative tours. Spectacular planet shaped theater screen made the celestial bodies come to life. Fantastic views of Flagstaff near the Clark telescope. Don't miss it!

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Rye Beach, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Great tour! The history of this Observatory is amazing! They discovered the planet, Pluto, here. They explain why Flagstaff is a dark city....hint...star gazing!

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Lund, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is someplace I had wanted to visit for a long time. We really enjoyed it. The observatory kept our teenagers entertained. I love the history of the place as well as learning about astronomy.

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Richmond, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We went on a Saturday night when we stayed in Flagstaff on our way to the Grand Canyon. We looked through 3 telescopes and enjoyed the night sky program. This was a very fun place.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Almost missed out on this gem. So glad we stopped to check out the observatory and take the tour. The Geologist who presented the talk/tour was fascinating. We aren't scientists but we really enjoyed what they had to offer.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Alas, Pluto has been downgraded to a dwarf planet even though it has five known moons. It's tidally locked with its largest moon Charon. The barycenter isn't within Pluto, so these two bodies are essentially a binary system. The New Horizons spacecraft is currently on its way to Pluto. This flyby mission should bring the spacecraft closest to Pluto on... More 

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Little Rhody, United States
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I have been reading for decades about the myriad discoveries from this iconic research facility, and it was a thrill to finally visit. For those with interest in our Solar System, and astronomy in general, this is a place to observe the research and the history.

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