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“Surprisingly Interesting”
Review of Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory
Ranked #3 of 108 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 July 31, 2014

Found the tour of the inside of the observatory very interesting, particularly that much of it is made of wood. Important to visit the museum to learn the history of the observatory and the scientists who established it.

Thank Thomas W
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

Had a great stop at Lowell. Very close to downtown flagstaff. Lots of neat old telescopes as well as working telescopes. Several informative demonstrations/tours. Skip the dvd presentations and do the demos/tours with real guides. Actual night sky viewing is apparently rare during July/Aug., but we got lucky and had a great view of saturn. Anyone would enjoy 90 mins here but if you have bit of space geek in you, then you could easily spend 4 hours. Bugs were surprisingly bad there. May want to bring spray. Some kids may get bored especially if they are not that interested in space.

Thank nolalollygagger
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Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Our family did two visits in one day. Price of admission covers return visits during the day....we arrived before noon and was able to view the sun through a special telescope and could see solar flares! Very nice walk through the grounds with great detail and info of our solar system and universe. Returned for the evening and was able to see Saturn and it's rings through a couple of different telescopes...absolutely amazing sight! Highly recommended for everyone. Also, a very nice exhibit of the Hubble Telescope. Were fortunate to have good weather with minimal clouds during the monsoon season of July!

Thank GHTfromHB
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

I went with my family during a little weekender to get out of the Phoenix heat. Not as great as we expected although the people who work there are really knowledgable. We were hoping to look through the telescope but it was too cloudy and sprinkling. Definitely not the observatory in Los Angeles but a nice little detour and the views of flagstaff as the sun was going down was breathtaking

Thank Twixythrasher
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

The cost of admission was $11. The setting was lovely and very peaceful. When we first arrived, we headed straight for the telescope they had because the sky had cleared up and they were showing Saturn. That was amazing and probably the highlight.
Then we watched the presentations called "Cosmic Zoom" at 8 and "Sky Tonight" at 9 p.m. These presentations were informative but the setting seemed antiquated. It was just a pull down screen at the front of the room and it was hot in that room. The doors were open to probably cool down the room but that just drove in these huge bugs, which was distracting. I guess I was expecting an IMAX theater or something but instead, it was just this antiquated screen. Still, I did learn a lot about constellations and the various planets. I wondered if the presenters were students at nearby NAU, they were very young.
The walk-through museum at the observatory was also very explanatory with cool exhibits.
Don't expect to do too much star gazing with the naked eye at the observatory because the lights kind of obstruct viewing. But the guide recommended we go to nearby Buffalo Park (2400 N Gemini Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86001) and that really was incredible. It was nearly pitch black and you could really see the night sky and all its stars. We even saw the milky way ring in the distance. Very cool.

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