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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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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 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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Really enjoy going to the observatory to see the telescopes. It's open until 10p and on clear nights, they usually have something unique set up on one or two of the scopes. Very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The observatory is awesome for kids and adults alike. The views through the telescope are amazing. The staff/educators re very knowledgeable and encourage participation and question. Saturn is awesome to see. The rotunda at the top moves as the planets move. Get there earlier and plan to stay a while. the lines get long and you will miss the other... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoy going to the observatory to see the telescopes. It's open until 10p and on clear nights, they usually have something unique set up on one or two of the scopes. Very enjoyable

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first time at an observatory. I loved it! Clouds prevented us from viewing anything with the telescopes, but we learned so much from the staff. I can't wait to visit again when the weather is better!

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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The service employees and students was excellent. We could not use any of the telescopes it was cloudy . But the guidance of students and the passion that they do infect anyone to love astronomy .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved this place. We were able to have a tour of the telescope room. It is great to see the dome that moves around on truck tires. For astronomy buffs it is a must do. Older children or those into stars and planets would be very interested in this attraction.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our 7 year olds enjoyed the visit but they were a touch young for the place. We the adults really enjoyed ourselves. We still feel Pluto is a planet. Non of the binary planet stuff.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great stop in Flagstaff. Attended 2 different programs; saw stars and planets ; great location. Staff and presenters were great.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a field trip with my 3rd grade daughter, awesome place for kids! It could be a very good venue for weddings or special occasions. Visit often when we have friends in town!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went in the morning for a solar viewing since it wasn't cloudy or raining. So many things to learn. Numerous amounts of tours and presentations during the day/evening. Wish the weather would have been better so we could have came back at night for a look in the telescopes. Nice grounds to walk around with different plaques of information... More 

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Wilton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went at the end of April on a very cold day, 43 degrees! We had a wonderful experience though. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The observatories we visited were not heated so we got to experience life the way Tombaugh did when he discovered Pluto! The whole visit was science for the layman, everything was described in terms... More 

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