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Mount Wilson Observatory

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So much history of Astronomy is captured in this place. Going up the mountain is always fun, and if... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Mariya I
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The observatory is amazing! Great hiking and wildlife as well as foliage! Views cannot be captured... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.
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Mt. Wilson Road, La Canada Flintridge, CA
+1 626-440-9016
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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

So much history of Astronomy is captured in this place. Going up the mountain is always fun, and if there's a lot of solar activities you can see it on projection, can see the sunspots!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Mariya I
Reviewed October 4, 2018

The observatory is amazing! Great hiking and wildlife as well as foliage! Views cannot be captured with photos!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SusanofThornbury
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Attended a talk here last month, which included a view through the larger telescope. Having attended similar events at other observatories around the world I was really looking forward to it. The talk didn’t last long, perhaps 45 minutes. Given the event started in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sarahd8119
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Even the drive up was a pleasure. A real escape from the freeways of So Cal. I would recommend taking a tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Definitely gave us insight that would never have been realized without. I would recommend parking in the upper...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Darren W
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Drove up the winding roads to reach Mt. Wilson Observatory. Well worth the effort - it’s not an easy drive; however the roads are in excellent condition and are well marked. You need a parking pass ($5.00 - good for 24 hrs) placed in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank erk
Reviewed July 9, 2018

I've hiked up to Mt Wilson a number of times at different times of day and in different seasons, and it's special. Take some snacks, or get something at the café, and look out over the valley.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Alex J
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

The 100 inch Hooker telescope is located at Mt. Wilson Observatory,it is amazing to see and fabulous to hear the volunteers provide the history and man behind it. In addition there are educational exhibits, tours and trails for hikkng. The 60 inch telescope often has...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank RBCarolC
Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

Get there early, it was cloudy and believe it or not a bit rainy on the trip to the top. Was cold, so jacket a must. Then the clouds parted and wow you felt like you were about the clouds. Do the tour if your...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank texasbud1962
Reviewed March 1, 2018

We walked here from Chantry Flatts but on arrival, there was not much to do. Parking is free, the views are good but the cafe was not open. There is an exhibition (meh!) and that is about it. I was thinking of bringing a Boy...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank nickwarrilow
Reviewed February 28, 2018

We arrived at about 1130 for the 1-3 pm docent tour of the Mt. Wilson Observatory on Sunday, 24 Sept. 2017. The observatory is world famous for many discoveries. The 60” Hale telescope, completed in 1908, was the largest in the world and became one...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Between April 1 and November 30 it is open from 10 to 5 daily. There is no charge for parking or walking around the grounds or visiting the museum. There is a small café that is open from 10 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday... More