The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

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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
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About The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Situated in the Los Angeles Griffith Park in the southern location of Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory is an observational facility of space and scientific study in the Los Angeles. It looks like the four major landmarks and landscapes of Los Angeles, namely- the Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the Pacific Ocean, and a grand view of the Los Angeles Basin. It was designed to bring the knowledge and the features of astronomy as familiarities to everybody.

The most famous exhibits of the Griffith Observatory are the Foucault pendulum which illustrates the rotation mechanism and its features of the rotation of earth, the Zeiss Telescope which works on the principle of refraction, and a Solar Telescope named Coelostat. Also displayed is a giant model of the northern pole of the moon. A large planetarium which features the solar system and its various components and their mechanisms is also an attraction of the Observatory.

Samuel Oschin Observatory holds some amazing shows and they are held frequently throughout the week. Do check out their schedule and catch a show here.

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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

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  • Excellent experience! Love this place! Great for people all ages. A few words to describe would be: informative, educational, fun, scientific, astronomical. Beautiful views of: LA, the ocean, sunsets, cityscape, the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood hills, etc. Check out a video presentation of how the Observatory was upgraded at the Leonard Nimoy theater. Incredible! The Planetarium Show was cool as well. You can see a live demonstration of a Tesla Coil that produces wireless electricity. Lots of great exhibits to see. You can see a projection of our sun inside. Since it is a live projection, be sure to be here and see it while the sun is still up. (We missed it. Bummer.) At 7pm you can look through the 12” telescope on the roof. The line grows really fast and the wait time can be very long. A staff member mentioned that there are a couple 11” newer telescopes on the lawn available to look through. So we went down and had a look. Minimal line up and the image quality was really good. So if you don’t want to wait in a long line for hours, definitely check out the telescopes on the front lawn. ***** PARKING NOTICE: I’d recommend using the pay parking option closer to the Observatory. We parked at a “Free” lot farther down and returned to a $58 parking ticket on our rental car. There were no warning signs anywhere in the lot about not parking after sunset, but we received a ticket regardless. Therefore, the better cost would be to pay for parking at the top if you’re planning on returning to your car after sunset. *****

  • I took my future wife here on one of our first dates in 1978. She was a pretty, tall young lady with flowing long brunette hair. She had a sweet sense of humor and temperament. We came on a weekend when they were presenting the laser light show on the domed planetarium ceiling with accompanying music. One of the songs played was "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, which had become popular around that time. Virginia and I leaned back in our seats to watch the display and she soon fell asleep. She was weaving dreams to the psychedelic display and I was glad she was so comfortable. Later, we went out to the walkway that encircled the observatory and strolled along hand in hand and shared a kiss or two. The city lights of L.A. glistened below us like a magic carpet of sparkling gems. We had brought a few beers and drank them while leaning against the handrail, talking and laughing together. At that time there were no security cameras and things were a little more laid back. Some of you may recall the movie; "Rebel without a cause." with James Dean and Natalie Wood from the 50's and the scene where James Dean is in a switchblade fight with some hard guys in this very spot. Well, we can't all really be quite as cool as James Dean or Natalie Wood but you could weave a dream of your own while floating high above the twinkling sea of lights at the edge of the City of Angels.

  • They have new parking meters which makes it much easier to park. But be careful because the road is a one way only. It's a great place to take the family. It's free and parking is only $4/hr. Great place for a date and have a picnic too.

  • This is a real special place to go. Went here one evening and didn't even pay to look through the telescopes. We just wandered around he facility and looked over the city once the sun went down. It was pretty magical. There were hundreds of people all lined up along the rear balcony overlooking the city, everyone standing there in utter silence, just looking and enjoying the moment. Definitely worth a visit even if you don't want to pay anything for the extras there.

  • This place is a great place to go if you are a science lover. The best part of all, in my opinion, is the beautiful view that you get to experience as you are able to see all of city of LA from high above. The planetarium was not as I expected as the show that I attended was a bit boring. Entrance price is fairly cheap ($7 for adult non-students).

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