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Private Tour of Griffith Observatory
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Private Tour of Griffith Observatory

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$179.00
per adult (price varies by group size)

Ages 13-99
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English


  • Planetarium Show Ticket Included
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Parking


Departure details
  • 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA In front of Astronomers Monument on front lawn
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 46280P8

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Private Tour of Griffith Observatory?
How much is Private Tour of Griffith Observatory?
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What is the Private Tour of Griffith Observatory cancellation policy?
Private Tour of Griffith Observatory cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Tour of Griffith Observatory on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Tour of Griffith Observatory?
Private Tour of Griffith Observatory is hosted by ExperienceFirst. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact ExperienceFirst on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Tour of Griffith Observatory on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 46280P8

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    2800 E Observatory Rd
    2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
    In front of Astronomers Monument on front lawn
    See address & details
  • 1
    Griffith Observatory
    Stop: 3 hours
    On this 3-hour walking tour, you’ll learn about Architecture, Science, Movie History, and the city of LA. We begin in the central rotunda, where you’ll gaze overhead at murals inspired by Greek myth. Next, you’ll learn about the inventor Nikola Tesla and his 50,000 volt Tesla Coil, which is on exhibit. Then we’ll discover how our solar system works, and look through a telescope to see sun spots. Next we’ll descend Gunther Depths of Space where you’ll view the night sky like you’ve never before: experience the 152-ft display of galaxies and nebula as you would from the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about seismology and about L.A. earthquakes and the Pacific Rim of Fire as you stand next to an active seismograph. Pose for a photo with a bronze statue of Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in human history. At night, wait in line for the Zeiss 12-inch telescope. One-of-a-kind and German-made, it gives viewers an unparalleled and intimate look at the planets and stars (depending on the weather and schedule). Finish the tour with one of the world’s best planetarium shows. The Zeiss star projector and state-of-the-art digital projection system put on spectacular show!
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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F7964PQveronicac
F7964PQveronicac
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Out of this world 🌎 experience!!
Estevan, was great! Very knowledgeable easy to understand. I went with my grandsons and nieces ages 5yr, 9yr and 1
rlherr
rlherr
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Great Tour for the uninformed.
A very worthwhile tour with expert commentary in layman’s terms by a very knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide
setaj2023
setaj2023
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Great First Experience with Griffith Observatory
I loved this tour...easy and great way to see the highlights of the Griffith if your visiting LA. Esteban was very
936carlies
936carlies
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LOVED this tour!!!! Don't miss this in depth look at downtown LA from an experienced and knowledgeable local!
This was an insightful and enjoyable experience from start to finish. Chris, our tour guide was very knowledgeable
MartaN238
MartaN238
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Great!!!!
Barry was great! Lots of knowledge and made the whole experience very interesting! Could have never done it by ou
FarAway396975
FarAway396975
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Matt is the best!
Matt was just the best! He was knowledgeable and passionate about the culture of Los Angeles We had a tremendous
515charisj
515charisj
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Matt is amazing!
Had a food and culture tour with the tour guide Matt. He’s super friendly and approachable, welcomes questions and
900chany
900chany
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Awesome tour!
Thanks Matt for the engaging amazing tour! Had so much fun learning about the dark side of Hollywood. Would totally
ruoning z
ruoning z
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Terrible
Please do not book experience if you don't want to waste 35 dollars and an afternoon. This tour is the most ridicul
karinacN7329KS
karinacN7329KS
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Very Wholesome Tour
It was a great tour. It gave meaning to many sites that we would have visited without knowing their story and it co
Michelle F
Michelle F
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Quality Science and History Tour!
This was a fantastic experience for our teenage boys, my husband and I. The tour guide wore an orange hat that was
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D7438MCbernadetteb
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Planetarium Tickets Not Included
Tour was great; guide showed us exhibits that are easily missed. My only complaint is that the title of their booki
donalds215
donalds215
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Best way to visit Griffith Observatory
Jeff was very informative and the tour made our visit special.....thanks to Jeff's knowledge and obvious reverence
Psychsack
Psychsack
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Guided tour with Barry
Our tour guide, Barry, was extremely well-informed and gave an engaging, lucid and articulate presentation. It was
hildag845
hildag845
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Incredible experience!!
It was an incredible experience! Lots of information, I really liked to know the history of the astronomers. When I
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Paul Ashkenaz
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Private Tour Griffith Observatory - great tour and guide , learned a great deal about the history of the observatory and astronomy. It was topped off with a wonderful planetarium show . The whole experience was fascinating and enjoyable and I highly recommend the tour.
Written November 26, 2022
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Kim M
8 contributions
Dec 2021
James is a wonderful tour guide. Definitely worth the money to have an experience that he will give you. He is very knowledgeable and has lots of info to share with everyone. You get the full 3 hour experience. The only downfall was the week before we received a call from Dara who said we had to change our time from 4:00 to 2:00 or cancel. There was no wiggle room. We had to rearrange our plans to accommodate the change. I was also told by Dara I would get a parking pass that I never received. Parking in the meters is $10 an hour.

I would go for the tour with James and his knowledge!!!
Written December 23, 2021
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Shareef P
2 contributions
Jan 2020
Oh wow! Lisa was such an excellent host and tour guide as we hiked up to the Griffith Observatory. Very kind, very patient, very knowledgeable when it came to the history of Hollywood and the Hollywood sign. I would definitely recommend her to anyone involved!

Sincerely,
A Happy Tourist
Written February 6, 2020
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Tom C
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Great tour! Our guide Estevan was extremely knowledgeable and loved to see his enthusiasm. Great interaction with him. Set up was easy and great follow up with Dara. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting!!
Written June 12, 2022
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Teri C
Minneapolis, MN3 contributions
Mar 2023
Estavan great. Extremely knowledgable. It was a bit of an overkill for us, so much info and standing for almost 3 hours. I believe I was thinking booking this tour would get us a better chance to public telescope observing. It does not. One does not get to view the new show Signs of Life either. If you are an astronomer buff and can handle this much detail - this is your tour. Again, Estavan a great tour guide.
Written March 2, 2023
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Go825061
This review is absolutely false. The new planetarium show, Signs of Life, is included with the tour. I confirmed with the guide, Estevan, that he personally walked you into the theater for the show before saying goodbye. I even have the receipt of your planetarium tickets. Confused as to why you would lie about this? We even reached out to you to get more details and heard nothing back. Also, the tour description clearly states it's a 3 hour guided tour of a museum, if you needed to sit down, that would have been fine if you told Estevan you needed a break. If there seems to be a miscommunication here please reply to the several texts/emails we've sent you to resolve this. We pride ourselves on ensuring our guests have a wonderful time and hope we are able to figure out what happened here. Thanks, Dara
Written March 9, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Marla K
2 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Anjelica was the perfect guide for us! She was amazing with my niece and gave us so much fabulous information. We will recommend her to anyone who will listen 😃
Written March 26, 2023
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Redheadgirl
Tennessee22 contributions
Oct 2022
I don’t know. We were unable to do the tour because we have not been vaccinated. Your website only said masks were required. Thankfully I looked at Griffith Observatory website and saw that proof of vaccination was required. I hope this will be corrected on here so other people will know about it. However, we did get a full refund.
Written October 14, 2022
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Go825061
Hello and thank you for the feedback. We did have it listed on the page details but know that sometimes people don't read the fine print always. I have now made it hopefully more clear that this is still a requirement for the Observatory at the moment. Hope you'll join us when the policy has lifted. Best, Dara
Written October 21, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jim Colegrove
Santa Maria, CA1 contribution
Apr 2022
It was all great! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered our questions clearly. The back story is that this was a Christmas gift to my wife - but because of the lingering COVID things head to be cancelled twice... We finally made it!
Written April 5, 2022
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b h
1 contribution
James was personable, informative, and very knowledgeable about the facility. Would definitely recommend him as your tour guide.
Written February 26, 2022
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Tim G
2 contributions
Nov 2021
DON'T MISS THIS EXPERIENCE!!! Gave this as a gift to my wife for her birthday as she had never been there and we even live in So. Calif. Our guide JAMES who has 10-15 yrs experience with the Observatory could not have given us a more complete, professional, or respectful tour of the grounds and we got to experience this local piece of history from the inside out. It was indeed an "insider's view" from a guide who's passion for the location and the science was clearly and proudly displayed through his enthusiasm.
Written November 22, 2021
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Prices From$179
Number of Reviews12
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Duration180 minutes