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Lowell Observatory

1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-233-3211
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Ranked #14 of 42 attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Flagstaff, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I like astronomy, so I am going to be prejudiced in favor of most of the things they do. I am writing a report for this year because there are a lot of changes going on. The Clark Telescope has been removed for repairs so one of the tours is shortened or missing altogether. Still a pretty site up on... More

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped by Lowell on the way from Sedona to Las Vegas. The site is no longer an active scientific facility, but has been made into a fantastic visitor experience exploring the history of astronomy. It is the place where critical observations were made, most notably the discovery of Pluto. While Pluto has been demoted as a planet, loyal Pluto... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The telescopes themselves seem like works of art and the telescope bays or domes are works of local art -- resembling the craftsmanship of wooden boats and exotic bicycles and circular movements of rubber and water. Visit and see more than you might have expected. And, that's before putting your eye to the 'scopes.

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las vegas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I expected more for the price. I enjoyed the twilight lecture. Staff members were helpful and the grounds and facility is clean.

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Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Because of our light ordinance here in Flagstaff, when you visit Lowell you will notice how many stars you can see in the clear sky! Definitely a fun place to spend some time but best at night!

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Flowery Branch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We arrived about 1 hour before sunset and had a great time. We attended an informative "lecture" on the solar system that was fun and interesting. Then we made our way to the various telescopes set up. We saw the moon, jupiter, mars and orian nebulous. Worth seeing especially for the children. Lots of fun!

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Sun City, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

What a wonderful way to spend the evening with the whole family. They have several interactive displays as well as a slide presentation on the universe. Currently they let you look through 3-5 telescopes of varying sizes. We were able to look at the Moon, Mars Jupiter (got to see 3 of its moons as well ) & the M-51... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had a great tour but the main telescope was down for repair. Our guide was excellent though. We did one of two tours, passing on the Pluto tour because of time constraints. A great view of Flagstaff.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The observatory was awesome. My grandson has an intense thirst for anything Space, and he really enjoyed learning about the many different telescopes at the Observatory. He also loved the exhibit on Pluto as it is one of his favorite "planets".

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I took my son here as he is the astronomy buff, but even I fell in love with the grounds and history. The tour guide was so informative. Definitely go if you get a chance.

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