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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number:
+1 213-473-0800
Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description:

A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the...

A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission and parking are free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.

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Bring the kids!

This is the way I started getting my son interested in the stars, and sciences. I also love coming here and checking out the views when I have the time! Parking sucks, but that's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the way I started getting my son interested in the stars, and sciences. I also love coming here and checking out the views when I have the time! Parking sucks, but that's LA. Just park down the hill and walk. It doesn't take long to see everything there, recommend picking a day when it's cold.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went with my sister in-law to the observatory on the Thursday after New Year's Day, along with what seemed like everyone else. It was a cheap and enjoyable way to spend the day. The exhibits are interactive. The planetarium exhibit is marvelous. Even though it was a bit cloudy, the photo ops were amazing. I would recommend this as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see, try to hike up from Los Feliz and wait for the sunset! Be aware that the observatory doesn't work on Sundays

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love this place. It's always hot up there so make sure you take water. It's a gorgeous place. Always packed but if you take your time you’ll get through everything. Definitely a must see for everyone planning a trip to L.A.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went there during evening and I think this is nice place to see stars and night skies. It is little bit far to see LA downtown but still not a bad view. Went there December and it was so cold, couldn't last more than 20 minutes.So bundle up if you are going there in Winter time. It should be... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a Los Angeles resident, Griffith Observatory is our staple. On any given clear night we head over, often hiking up with flashlights to catch the city under the stars, learn about the planets circulating our solar system or take a deeper scientific gaze into our past or future. The campus housing the large telescope is situated high above Griffith... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Iconic place, great to take the whole family. Very educational and interactive.You could easily spend 3/4 of a day here. A great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The observatory exhibits and shows are wonderful. But if you only have time to go after hours, the view is magnificent. It's a spectacular place to watch the Sunset. It's the location of the car race in Rebel Without A Cause with James Dean and Natalie Wood.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I take all my visitors to LA to this iconic place. It has great views of LA, a couple of fun shows and best of all the Big Room. And it's right by the Hollywood sign that people want to see.

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Thank Jan K
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love science (even if you don't) Griffith Observatory is a great place to visit. Best time(s) to visit are at late afternoon around sunset and night time on a clear night so you can see all the stars and the lights of beautiful LA.

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