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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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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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This was an incredible place to visit. So much history and so many things to learn in such a beautiful setting. I will return again to spend even more time. My daughter is 21 and... read more

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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was an incredible place to visit. So much history and so many things to learn in such a beautiful setting. I will return again to spend even more time. My daughter is 21 and it was a great time for both of us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was alot of fun. Very informative. They let you look through telescopes at Saturn and Mars. We got their at 5 PM, which was the perfect time to fit everything in. Any later and we would have miss things.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was in flagstaff with a group of police explorers. (High school age kids) a few wanted to go to the observatory, I was weary that some would be bored. We ended up sitting through a walking tour of how Pluto was discovered. It was a fascinating story that was made interesting by the tour guide who was full of... More 

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Maricopa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went Nov 2015 and it was awesome. Clear skies, and great viewing. We went again July 2016 and it was raining and cloudy. So we didn't see anything. So choose a clear day. You'll learn lots!

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to explore the universe. My 2 boys love this place and have even gone to camp here. I only wish they had more exhibits as after 15 visits over the past 3 years, it's getting

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

We took a family day trip to flag and spent a few hours at lowell during the day. We toured the grounds and viewed some of the huge telescopes. The history of lowell and education/interaction center inside were fun and educational. The night viewing was amazing. We purchased a year pass to Lowell and found that we also have access... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I spent only an evening at the Lowell, but it was worth the admission price to hear two live lectures with multimedia, look through telescopes, and learn about the Lowell Telescope, all from local college students whose excitement about outer space is contagious.

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Thank MizMaryC
Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fascinating view of the history and use of the Lowell. The museum is superb. Be prepared to spend time and do make use of the docents who know so much of its history.

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Thank Karen B
Flagstaff, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lowell Observatory combines well presented sky research history with current happenings in a fun and engaging manner. The staff is knowledgeable, facilities are well kept, and the museum areas are outstanding. I'm a big fan!

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Thank Michael S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Just saw Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn through telescopes all in one night! Very nice experience. Also went on a constellation walk and saw the observatory where Pluto was discovered!

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