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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
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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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Best views in LA

Really crowded but it was a weekend too! And a very busy day...many schools were there and they were running and hiking. It was a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. I will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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key biscayne, Fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really crowded but it was a weekend too! And a very busy day...many schools were there and they were running and hiking. It was a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. I will definitely return on my next trip to LA. The views are amazing.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Go very early in the morning or late at night...that way you get to enjoy the place before it's too crowded

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came here for views of LA and the Hollywood sign. The views didn't disappoint (although parking was tough to find), and the observatory itself had some interesting displays. Overall a nice park/museum area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great views, great building. A must see on a clear day. Go in the evening and the building will have more color for photos.

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Tenafly, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went and saw the film on the galaxy, it was well done and educational but nothing spectacular. The rest of the observatory I felt the same. The views were nice but we already walked to the Hollywood Sign.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

a great place to view the Hollywood sign as well get a good education on the stars and planets, it was extremely busy and crowded on the day of our visit but still well worth the time

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Thank Dianne K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was definitely a must see attraction and you get a great view. I think the main fun is that it was also the set of a movie :)

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Effingham, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Observatory was closed the day were were there, but it was still worth the drive up to take in the views of LA and the surrounding areas!!

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Thank SuLo1965
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Free and amazing. I think this was one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. The view was nice. The exhibits were great. The presenter by the periodic table was the best.

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Somerville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We hiked for a good hour and a half, the views were stunning. Bring a good pair of sneakers, sunscreen and a lot of water! It's worth the hike up those mountains, the views are amazing!

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