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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
Phone Number: 19287743358
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research...

Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of Flagstaff, Arizona. For visitors, the Observatory offers telescope viewing, exhibits and science center, daytime guided tours, safe viewing of the Sun, multimedia programs, shows in the McAllister Space Theatre, special events throughout the year, and an astronomy gift shop.

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Lowell Observatory is well worth it and hours it takes to visit. I found the lectures, the portable telescopes and the fixed telescopes to be quite enjoyable and interesting and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lowell Observatory is well worth it and hours it takes to visit. I found the lectures, the portable telescopes and the fixed telescopes to be quite enjoyable and interesting and enlightening.

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Hartford, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took 3 different tours of the place. All subject matter was interesting. History of the place is fascinating.

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McMinnville, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fee was $22/adult. But you can visit all day - leave and come back. Try to plan when the night skies are clear - then you can look at the heavens through the large telescope. I didn't get to because of clouds, but I attended two great multi-media lectures - one on the mysteries of the cosmos and the other... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visiting the observatory is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. There are inside and outside things to do and view, lots of history and information regarding the observatory and astronomy. It's also got a great mix of the old and new technology that fits the timeline of the observatory.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were pleased with the opportunity to visit this historic observatory. We were delighted to be able to view a star cluster through the Clark telescope as well as the rings of Saturn through one of the roving telescopes. The staff were knowledgeable and professional.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family and I visited on a friday night and we got to see through three different telescopes. The viewings were awesome. We also sat through only one of the presentations but that had a lot to do with timing of the shows and what we had decided to do. Overall I would highly recommend. The presentation we sat in... More 

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Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited during the day and then went back at night. Looking through telescopes that were 120 years old was a thrill. It was amazing how many stars you could see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a wonderful experience. You have a choice of guided tours. There is an entire section of the center that is dedicated to interactive exhibits for children and adults alike. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. You can then one back in the evening to actually peer at the stars through the Clark and ancillary telescopes. A bonus is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Telescopes! Astrophysics lectures! Meteorites! Binary star systems! Red dwarfs! Black holes! Did I mention telescopes?.....Lots of 'em. All arrayed for your dining and dancing pleasure. Go ahead. Pur on your pocket protector and get your nerd on. Lowell Observatory is a very cool place to do it. Nighttime is the right time. They haul out the big guns in the... More 

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The weather was a great day to explore the observatory grounds. In addition the building offer interesting exhibits. Even had an opportunity to view the sun thru the telescope setup outside. Various exhibits, tours at different times, so good to call ahead if there's something you really want to see and have limited time.

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