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Review of Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory
Ranked #3 of 109 things to do in Flagstaff
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 17, 2014

We decided to stop here over Spring Break 2014 as a fun and educational activity for our child. After our experience, I doubt my child will ever have any future interest in astronomy. We ended up spending $30 for a family of three to do the tour. They first led us into an old building that was supposed to be an observatory. It didn't even have the telescope in it, just a stand where the telescope should be. We were next shuffled to another building that resembled more of a church. We had to listen to a long, boring story about Mr. Lowell, his life, his wife, his money, yadda yadda yadda. I thought we were supposed to learn about and see Pluto, Mars and the Sun. Nope, just some old photos and antique telescopes. My family and two other groups left after this part even though the tour continued on. I went to ask for my money back since I felt this was a complete misrepresentation of what they were going to offer and learned that conveniently the sale ticket area closes right after the tour begins. Guess they get a lot of complaints about refunds.

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Reviewed March 9, 2014

we made sure to come after dark, and were not dissapointed. the main telescope is out of service, but the smaller 16 in telescope provided an awesome experience. There were alos smaller telescopes set up to look at various night sky standouts, and a great talk/show in the main center.

1  Thank fabdog
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Enjoyed our visit. Got to see Jupiter, the moon and Orion through the telescopes. Would had been a better visit had there not been 150 kids on a school field trip the evening we were there. But other than that a great place to visit. A must if you are in Flagstaff.

Thank Kimsansone
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Always an interesting place to visit. In addition to a great view of the stars, the drive down the hill provides a wonderful view of the City of Flagstaff.

1  Thank Rasfarmer
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

If you are visiting the Grand Canyon, take some time to come here. Located high up on a hill, that has a great view of Flagstaff. They have hourly tours. There is plenty of parking. Our tour guide was a young lady that had so much knowledge of the observatory and made the tour very interesting. The tour is in 2 parts. 1st we went to Mars Hill to see the Clark Telescope that was built in 1896 by men who built bicycles. Our tour guide gave a chance to go down and move the telescope. My son went down and really enjoyed it. Nearby is Percival Lowell’s Mausoleum.

We learned that there are lots of PHD offices. This is a happening place! We found fascinating, the Abert Squirrels that were very busy collecting their stash of nuts for the winter.

Next we went to the Rotunda Museum. Check out the hanging light fixture inside. It is stunning, very Art Deco.

Then we went to see the scope that found Pluto on the Pluto Walk. Clyde Tombaugh from Kansas was the person who did the discovery & didn’t have a formal education. In fact, he worked for free - doing tours, repairs in addition to his studies. He did go on to get his bachelors and masters degrees.

The grounds are lovely; you could spend as much time as you have free, to enjoy this whole complex. It is very well worth the visit. They have Daytime Programs and Evening Programs. Next time we visit, we will do the evening tour.

The cost was $ 12.00 for the tour. You get a discount if you are a senior citizen.

4  Thank limey52
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