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Griffith Observatory

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(23 Reviews)

2800 E Observatory Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

(213) 473-0800

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Today: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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General Info
Griffith Observatory has been the leader of public astronomy in southern California and around the world since it opened in 1935. More people have looked through Griffith Observatory’s telescope than any other telescope on Earth. In addition, its iconic façade has been featured in more than 300 films and television shows. The Observatory is a Los Angeles landmark and worldwide tourist destination for over a million visitors a year. Our mission, “Griffith Observatory inspires everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky,” is realized each day in the exhibit halls and the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and each night as visitors gaze at the cosmos with their own eyes through the historical 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope or our lawn telescopes.
Hours

Regular Hours

MonClosed

Services/Products
Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.
Payment method
amex, cash, check, discover, master card, visa
Location
The easiest and fastest way is via public transportation. You can also hike, bike, take a shared ride vehicle, or walk up from parking elsewhere in the park.
Neighborhoods
Central LA, Greater Griffith Park
Amenities
Admission to the building and grounds is always FREE.
Associations
Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO)
Categories
Observatories, Planetariums
Other Information

Parking: Lot

Bike Parking: Yes

Pets Allowed: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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Dj B.

07/16/2017

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What a great way to spend a casual day. It's best to go on a clear day so you can really take in the sights of the city but good luck with that. You should plan on a few hours and take in the show and Tesla experiment as they are definatley worth it.

Jacek D.

10/14/2010

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Best views and best park around!

Take a 30 minutes hike up the mountain to check out the observatory and get a feeling of what LA might have felt like in the 50s. This building is plain beautiful and the location is one of the most comforting places the huge city of LA has to offer.

nikkic68

06/25/2010

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Must See

I've been to many observatories but this one by far is the best. I was lucky enough to come the first Saturday after the full moon and there were many people with their own personal telescopes set up on the lawn....that they allowed you to use!!! It was amazing!! We were able to see Jupiter up close and personal as well as several different starts etc. Great place to visit and definitely come the first Saturday after the full moon...you wont regret it!

knakayama76

11/30/2009

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great to hike up to and look out

this is a great place to hike up to and view the city, there are always tours and exhibits to learn from. great place to relax, make a day of it.

jay2002

10/30/2009

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The cafe & terrace are awsome! one of the best views

As you walk towards the observatory from the parking lot, to the right the steps lead you to the cafe which is perched on the side of the hill along with a terrace and white umbrellas... i uploaded a photo). Wolf Gang Puck sandwiches and salads are fresh and yummy (though basic and inexpensive), and the views are the best you can get. I bring guests here (like my parents type thing).

jheiss

10/05/2009

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Unique, quintessential LA experience

I've been up to Griffith a few times since the renovations. I've been to the planetarium show, looked at the exhibits, and just admired the view. And what a view: downtown, the city and the ocean in front of you, the mountains and the Hollywood sign behind you. The planetarium show is well done, as are the exhibits. The first time we went up was shortly after they reopened and the shuttle bus was a bit of a hassle (ours broke down), but more recently we've just driven up and been able to park with no problem. The Wolfgang Puck cafe is decent if not exceptional. All-in-all a great experience.

jacqueline-89

09/17/2009

Overall
Awesome

I came from Canada and as a child, growing up, our family would go to Los Angeles to see my grandparents once a year. Going to Griffith Observatory and Third Street were always the highlights of the trip. Griffith Observatory is really not explainable to someone that has never been there. I still think the best time to visit the Observatory is on Christmas eve at sunset. Looking over the city, through the binoculars with the sun setting behind you and the feel of the night coming alive is something AMAZING. Apart from Disney Land the Observatory is the only place in California I know of that truly casts a 'magic' spell on you.

If you are planning a trip to California make sure you include the Griffith Observatory in you 'places to visit' list..

abatap27

09/15/2009

Overall
Great time

I may be biased, because I love observatories, but the experience at GO was very cool. The view is really great, especially at night. However, what impressed me the most was the video presentation, which included a live narrator, chairs that lean back and a massive dome on which the movie is projected. Overall the experience was well worth the few dollars and the trip to get there.

jparsons06

02/13/2009

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Don't Be Late!! Ripoff Alert

I was EXTREMELY disappointed with my experience here; I came on a rainy day looking for something to do - my first time since it reopened in 4 years. Bought 3 tickets to the planetarium show for myself and my brothers who were visiting from the east coast. Decided to grab a bite to eat before the show and was horrified by the ridiculous prices at the cafe -- $2.75 for a small bottle of soda? $3 for a snack bag sized chips? I spent more on one small meal than on three show tickets (as the prices were not all listed). Then when we went back upstairs for the planetarium show, we were about 30 seconds late, and the door was already closed and locked. I asked the girl at the front desk, and she told me rudely to look at the clock, I was two minutes late and would not be let in. I said, well then when's the next show? She tells me it doesn't matter because my tickets would not be valid for any other show. No refunds. No late entry. No seeing a later show if you are 30 seconds late. I was stunned; then said I would never be coming back, ripped up my tickets and left them on the counter. The girl says ""Thank you"" on my way out. She was rude and snippy. I was severely disappointed; not only was it a rainy day, and there was hardly anyone there -- but they are rude to some of the few customers they have? Their policy should at least be that if you are late getting to a show you should be able to exchange your tickets for a later show. And it was raining and I'm sure that theater was only half full if that! I felt so ripped off! After they gouged me for the food in the cafe, I ended up spending $40 on the food and tickets for a show that I did not get to see. Boy, if Griffith J. Griffith could see this I think he'd turn over in his grave. I don't think he gave money for an observatory to swindle as much money as possible from people interested in what I was hoping would be a wonderful astronomical experience. Observatory Management, you should be ashamed.

wankervon

08/28/2008

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A beautiful workout with great city views

The observatory hike can start from either the Ferndell section of the park or from a trail next to the Greek Theatre. Both trails offer spectacular views that change throughout the year. This hike can be done by most anyone and offers a unique look at the city. I highly recommend it.

doll83

06/17/2008

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Highly interesting plus stunning LA skyline view from the patio

The observatory is certainly an unmissable sight. It is located in the beautiful Griffith park and offers besides the exhibits also a stunning LA skyline view from the observatory's extensive patios which are accessible on every floor. The observatory's guide was conversational, knowledegable and available for questions at any time. Interactive exhibits made the exhibition more interesting and fun.

MidwestNative

03/03/2008

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What a blast - even for locals.

My date and I decided to do something out of the norm and went to the new observatory on a Saturday night. It was SO much fun. Totally out of the norm. And really, really interesting/educational. Kind of mind blowing. What a fun date, double date, event for out of towners, family, kids. So cool. Beautiful view. Romantic if you want it to be. A ""must do"".

porkjello

11/17/2007

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The renovations are superb!

The Griffith Observatory has reopened this year after 5 year, multi billion dollar renovation project. I finally was able to visit it to see what was done and I was very happy to see that this landmark got the upgrade that it was in dire need for. The building and courtyard look almost the same and the pendulum is still in the center of the main lobby. But the big changes are the new underground exhibit area featuring an enourmous photo of outer space called ""the Big Picture"". The new planetarium show is a definite must see and you get a good crash course in astronomy 101 with all the observatory exhibits. The views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign are always picturesque (smog permitting) and the addition of the new cafe allows for a nice afternoon outing at the top of Griffith Park.

anekab

10/31/2007

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Still a city star

After having gone through extensive and costly renovation, and then almost being engulfed by a park fire, the Observatory was again ""newly"" opened to the public. Very much like the Getty when it opened, you have to make reservations to visit the Observatory these days. You park at the Los Angeles Zoo and they shuttle you to the top of the hill. (Your reservation is actually for the shuttle...not for admission to the shows.) The mosaics in the rotunda are stunningly beautiful now that they've been restored/cleaned, and it's still fun to watch the pendulum knock down the pegs. Of course, the newest and most impressive of the renovations is the planetarium. Where once we watched cool laserium shows in extremely uncomfortable wooden chairs, we now watch versions of the sky on a newly construction dome ceiling with an amazingly impressive new Zeiss projector. Anyone who knows cameras/binoculars or any type of implement that uses high quality focal glass knows the name Zeiss. Even though the parking situation is a little cumbersome right now...it's totally worth sitting back in a plush seat staring at a night sky you can see no other place.

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