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Address: 1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-233-3211
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Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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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Night Time Star Watching

Enjoyed the night time tours.Available telescopes provided a look into the sky.The time spent was very romantic.Given the opportunity to walk on our own as well as not being... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Glendale, Arizona, United States
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Glendale, Arizona, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the night time tours.Available telescopes provided a look into the sky.The time spent was very romantic.Given the opportunity to walk on our own as well as not being rushed was a hit.

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San Angelo, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We went in the evening and allowed enough time to see all of the programs and then view through the telescopes after nightfall. The programs were ok. There were only about 3-4 portable telescopes and one of the large telescopes set up to view from. I thought the best part was walking the grounds prior to the programs beginning. There... More 

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Montecatini Terme, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The explanation of the sky was excellent, cross referencing science and mythology, historical and geographic references, offering present, past and future prospective of the universe. The telescope observation was great, we were able to see two of Jupiter's rings and all four its visible moons. The personnel was prepared and kind.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I stayed over night in Flagstaff on my way to the Grand Canyon. I was looking for something to do that night and headed up to the Observatory. It was fun. Mainly the telescopes. The exhibit hall was kind of lacking. But overall a fun experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Loved discovering this Observatory as we drove into Flagstaff. Great visit, wonderful insights, thoughtful staff.

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Portland, Oregon
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29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Really interesting story about the discovery of Pluto and its subsequent demotion from planet to dwarf planet and a fantastic globe-movie screen showing a 45-min documentary.Took the Pluto tour (to the old observatory and telescope actually used to discover it) with an informative and enthusiastic docent and then walked through the grounds on a set of walks for galaxies, nebulae... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

We have been here several times over the past 20 years and are never disappointed and always learn something new. Our guide today was Jim and he was a fountain of knowledge with enthusiasm that was infectious. There are several tours and you should allow enough time to do them and see the films and visit the exhibits. Unfortunately we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The docent, Gene Hill, gave us lots of information on the observatory and its history. He kept my husband's attention for the whole tour. The grounds are gorgeous!!

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Barrigada, Mariana Islands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Visited the observatory in some bad weather, so we weren't able to view any stars, but the rest of the campus offered great tours and activities. I especially enjoyed their current exhibit and have become a friend of the observatory, to support their important work.

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Redlands, Ca
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

While one talk was stilted, another was fascinating, and you can see the telescope that was used to find planet X, later named Pluto. Its status was demoted to that of a dwarf planet by the astronomical society a number of years ago, but you can express your personal opinion by placing a dollar into one of several labeled cylinders.... More 

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