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Lowell Observatory

Address: 1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone Number: 928-233-3211
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Ranked #12 of 45 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
Owner description: Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This was a pleasant surprise. We were visiting the Flagstaff and Sedona area. While driving around Flagstaff we came upon a sign directing us to the Observatory. Since we had time, we took the drive up the mountain. At the very worst it would be a lovely drive. As it turns out, the observatory was open and we got a... More 

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Montesano, United States
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

The staff is wonderful at the observatory. We learned so much about Pluto and the expanding universe. We arrived in the afternoon and took a tour which was great! It is so much fun talking to people who love their work and are enthusiastically teaching others about it. We took a dinner break and reentered with our receipt from earlier.... More 

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We went to flagstaff to go sledding, but we realized that our hotel was close to the observatory, we always wanted to go to. So we went there an hour before closing. It was very very cold and the telescopes are outside, but we didn't mind because it was such a neat experience. My daughter ( 6 years old) loved... More 

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Cathedral City
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

took our daughters here and plan on bringing the nieces and grandchildren as well - Very nice place we were camping at the koa in town this visit and it was one of the several places we went - the girls loved it..

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

What a waste of my time and money! We had a tour guide that was a mechanical engineering student with no astronomy knowledge to answer questions. She was rude, lacked interest in the subject matter and couldn't answer a single scientific question. This tour was clearly geared toward uneducated adults and children. Tour was mostly about the architecture and economics... More 

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I really would like to give this a higher rating. We like science, and therefore were excited to visit. Unfortunately, their biggest telescope was down for maintenance (in fairness, we knew this going in). The biggest disappointment was going to a planetarium lecture, where instead of projecting the stars on a dome, they used a small (4-5 feet?) parabola. The... More 

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Twin Peaks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We went in a group of five, and it was very busy. 12/29/14. There was a storm coming in the next day, and it was very busy and very cold. The employees were all rushed, and not very clear on the directions. The young lady giving our star presentation was terrible. We were two rows back and could barely understand... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you ever wanted to learn more about our solar system and wanted a tour of an observatory, you need to take a short drive up the hill from Flagstaff. We went on a Sunday and the opening times were a little later then what we thought, it was not 10am but noon. So we went and had breakfast. We... More 

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Cheshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Wonderful historic site overlooking Flagstaff with the old wooden observatory domes and the telescopes that discovered Pluto and were used to view Mars, inspiring H G Wells to write his 'War Of The Worlds'. Allow a couple of hours for the full tour of the site. The guides are very informative and tell a good story.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We actually have a membership. It's a great educational place to take the family. Go on a clear night & see some planets. It's incredible.

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