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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 W Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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+1 928-774-3358
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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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Very interesting and interactive observatory!

Lowell Observatory is a must see in Flagstaff! The gift shop has many interesting things you can buy. There are floating globes that actually float in mid-fair from magnets, all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lowell Observatory is a must see in Flagstaff! The gift shop has many interesting things you can buy. There are floating globes that actually float in mid-fair from magnets, all sorts of t-shirts, collision balls, books and much more! There is a huge telescope in the middle, an interactive hike through the beautiful ponderosa pines that includes facts about our... More 

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Wilmington, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cloudy, rainy, cold weather limited our experience. But the Pluto walk, the gift shop, and the welcome center programs were enough to score the experience as meaningful and intriguing. Had I been better prepared and understood the timing of events, we could have had a better experience.

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We really wanted to star gaze while in Flagstaff and the Lowell Observatory was really nice. It is in town, which was a surprise... up a winding road, past a "lover's lane" curve in the road overlooking the city. The extremely knowledgeable staff gave great presentations, too. I very nice way to spend the evening.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to the observatory after dinner and listened to a few talks, saw some cool stuff through the telescope, very interesting. Easy drive from Flagstaff. Recommended if you like astronomy.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Lowell observatory. I went on a variety of tours (included in the ticket price) which took me round the site and gave me lots of great info about it. Our tour guide was superb. The observatory has gorgeous views over Flagstaff and is also lovely just to wander around.

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been wanting to go to the Lowell Observatory for a long time and it did NOT disappoint! We enjoyed a really great lecture on stars and galaxies (if you're a space nerd like me, you'll love it!), then got to see the Orion Nebula out of their signature McAllister Telescope. Seeing the telescope where PlanetX (later Pluto) was discovered... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with our 7 year old daughter and we all had a wonderful time. The telescopes are well set up and the people are very informative and pleasant and helpful. Its great the way they have some of the scopes set to show through computer screen. Highly recommend this place.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the main stops while visiting Flagstaff, AZ was Lowell Observatory. I purchased a Groupon prior to my trip which cost only $19.00 and it was for 2 days and up to 4 people. So it was great. We ended up giving another family the other 2 tickets. Our first night in Flagstaff we were suppose to go to... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lowell property is very geared to tours, talks and education, as well as having a great gift-shop. Come and see the place where Pluto was discovered, attend some talks, walk the property, learn about astronomy and physics. Got kids? This is a MUST to increase their interest in STEM.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommended for anyone who shares the fascination of the cosmos! The scientists of the observatory are wonderful and they share their passion with their visitors. The different instruments let visitors see with their own eyes heavenly objects. LOVE IT!

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