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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
+1 213-473-0800
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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 is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.
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2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
+1 213-473-0800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Unfortunately the observatory itself wasn't open when we visited as it was early morning. However there were plenty of people taking advantage of the fantastic views from up here. And as a bonus - parking seemed to be free before 10am when the observatory opens!...More

Thank MrMrsSausageChops
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went in the evening and really enjoyed the place. Couldn't argue with the price as it was free. There was a fee for the Planetarium, but it was not much, but worth every penny.

Thank Michael B
Reviewed yesterday

This was an interesting place to go to. It had great views of the City and the Hollywood Sign, but choose another day than Saturday because it was too crowded.

Thank murphydarla
Reviewed yesterday

People go here for the view, which looks out over all LA. Be prepared for large crowds and wish for your best parking karma. The building is lovely. We didn't get a chance to see the telescopes, but would definitely go back to do this....More

Thank tarzan2613
Reviewed yesterday

Amazing and imaginative experience! Ii is about the views and very interesting cientifics informations by the observatory.

Thank Maria do Carmo P
Reviewed yesterday

We went there around nine in the evening.thousands of people and too many cars.we took a pic of the wiew of los los angeles and then back to the hotel.60 bucks with a taxi for 3 minutes of wiew.meh.....

Thank jonnypingpong
Reviewed 2 days ago

We heeded warnings and went early so we could get tickets for the planetarium. it is an amazing facility so we were glad we did. Always good to be exposed to science. Free admission, planetarium is $7, parking is a mess.

Thank binkley007
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a free attraction. Try to visit in the evening when it is cooler. The center is small and very crowded.

Thank Shelia S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see. It is free to see the phenomenal science exhibits. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to see the planetaruium show. Parking can be tricky. The view is incredible!

Thank Deb S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Worth the drive-up to get a great view over the city & the Hollywood sign. Good paid parking at the top, or free parking on the road up.

Thank BR4DY_nz
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Is this the best place to watch the sunrise in September? Or should I head to Mount Hollywood ?
May 6, 2017|
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Response from Don S | Reviewed this property |
It is best for sunset view to the west. I am not sure if sunrise view to the east is possible. I think the mountains to the east would block the low eastern horizon.
Lucy P
Can you give some specific directions which metro stop/station and how to get the shuttle going up? Do you know how to get down as well?
April 22, 2017|
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Response from Angel D | Reviewed this property |
Take the Metro Rail Red line train (Hollywood/Western direction) and get off on Hollywood/Western. Follow signs for Hollywood/Western Ave and take Metro Local 181 bus line (eastbound toward Sierra Madre) and exit Bus on Los... More
Hello: We will be visiting during early April and will have an SUV. Can we just drive to the observatory, park and tour on our own? What is the price of admission and the best time to visit? Thank you so very much!
March 19, 2017|
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Response from Renee C | Reviewed this property |
Uber is the way to go! Trust Me