The Griffith Observatory

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  • Address: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2134730800
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Science Museum, Park, Landmark, Observatory, Family And Kids, Architecture

About The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Opened in 1935, Griffith Observatory is located on the slopes of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park of Los Angeles. The observatory and its surroundings occupy a vast land of 3,015 acre and from the grounds of the observatory, you can treat yourself to picturesque views of the Los Angeles Basin, Hollywood sign, and Pacific Ocean. If you are interested in astronomy, then Griffith Observatory will prove to be a paradise since its extensive collection give you an insight into space and science. The observatory is divided into six sections, namely The Wilder Hall of the Eye, the Ahmanson Hall of the Sky, the W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda, the Cosmic Connection, the Gunther Depths of Space Hall, and the Edge of Space Mezzanine. Each section has interactive displays that would keep you engaged for hours together. Many high resolution telescopes that let you peek at the sky are included in the collection of the observatory. A few of the most popular exhibits here include the Foucault Pendulum, the Zeiss Telescope, Tesla’s Coil, and a Solar Telescope named Coelostat. Planetarium shows are also held here, offering you knowledge about the outer space. Entrance to Griffith Observatory is free of cost which attracts even more visitors.

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The Griffith Observatory Information

  • Children under 5 are admitted to the first show of the day, only, and must sit on an adult’s lap.
  • FOTO members receive a discounted rate of $5.
  • Tickets may only be purchased at the Observatory on the day of the show (Samuel Oschin Planetarium Tickets).

The Griffith Observatory Ticket Prices

  • Samuel Oschin Planetarium Shows: Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students with I.D and seniors, and $3 for children between 5 - 12 years old.
  • There are no charges for entry, it is free.

The Griffith Observatory Opening and Closing Hours

  • Please visit official website for timing details.

How To reach The Griffith Observatory by Public Transport

  • Sunset/Vermont Red Line Subway station

Restaurants Near The Griffith Observatory

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Things to Know Before Visiting The Griffith Observatory

  • 76.86% of people who visit Los Angeles include The Griffith Observatory in their plan

  • 40.61% of people start their The Griffith Observatory visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see The Griffith Observatory

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92.7% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Griffith Observatory

People normally club together Universal Studios and Hollywood Walk Of Fame while planning their visit to The Griffith Observatory.

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The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Reviews

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  • We had a great time here. Parking can be a little tricky but we quickly wished that we had more than an hour. There are fantastic views all around the observatory where you can see the city. The observatory itself was also quite interesting. Lots of great information and a fun gift shop. A very good place to visit.

  • Amazing views of LA along with several hiking trails. The Iconic Hollywood Sign is around the corner. The Observatory has interesting exhibits with an impressive Tesla Coil. An ideal spot for a sunset and watching the city light up the night. The place would have 5 stars. Yet the crowds and expensive metered parking. make it different to access on weekends. The admission is Free. Be sure to come on a clear day.

  • Great views but not worth the trip. Maybe we went on a busy day but we drove to the top only to find out we had to park in the lot at the bottom of the hill and take a bus back up. We waited while 3 buses picked up loads of people maybe 4-5 at a time (we ended up just taking a Lyft back down to our car because the line for the bus at the top was atrocious). Some of the exhibits were cool but with so many people around not really caring if they step in front of you or cut in line its makes viewing everything a chore. The only reason I went to Griffith Observatory was for extra credit for a college class. The trails below the Observatory look fun and less crowded but I will definitely not be back for any type of visit.

  • We drive up to the Observatory at least once a year. The views in the afternoon are amazing. When the sun just starts to go down, shining against the buildings in DT....so cool. The kids like checking out all the different rooms and interactive displays. Parking can be an issue depending on what time of the day you are there. We've had to park on the road and walk up a few times but it's worth it.

  • Very romantic and beautiful place. It's a whole family place not only for couples but for the entire family. Sunset view for couples and inside its a lot to learn about our solar system which is very interesting for all ages. I enjoyed it. A bit cold up there so if you plan to go with kids, make sure to have a jacket or a blanket for them. We parked the car at the free parking lot and took the dash to the observatory because the top lot was full.

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