The Griffith ObservatoryCurrently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Please visit official website for timing details.
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51.63% of people who visit Los Angeles include The Griffith Observatory in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
50.24% of people start their The Griffith Observatory visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see The Griffith Observatory
93.03% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Griffith Observatory
A landmark in the greater Los Angeles area, historical and educational. Great outdoors, breathtaking views of downtown skyscrapers and the iconic Hollywood sign. There’s so much kids and grownups can learn about our universe at the observatory, ideal for a picnic with the family. At night you can take amazing photos of the Los Angeles city lights!
Breathtaking at night and a must visit in LA. I’ve been here four times in one year. If you choose to hike, it’s an easy half hour walk up. Parking is very very difficult, so I recommend either hiking or parking at the base and taking a shuttle up.
This is a definite must go to see the panoramic view of LA as well as the Hollywood sign. If you can find an appropriate day, mid to late afternoon is great allowing you to see LA from sunseting to nightfall. The observatory itself is also very interesting with exhibits and captions explaining physical phenomena of time, calendars, seasons, planets, etc. One can easily spend 3 or more hours here inclusive of both in and outside spaces. Best of all it is free! Whilst one can trek all the way up most will prefer to drive. And tourists are able to use the DASH service from the red line changing at Vermont / Sunset. One thing of note, not all DASH services go back to Vermont / Sunset. It is best to clarify as you board. Also note the observatory is not open everyday!
Finally is understand why I can see moon during the daytime and why moon is growing and it amazing experience. Pendulum is nice as well. They do have a lot of stuff inside there. And history of observatory itself very impressive.
I took an entire semester class on a course that I saw in 1 hours. This place has detailed information about the solar system and a little bit of the universe. Totally a place you want to go to. It's free to go in here. And you'll meet all sorts of different people. There will be some guides to ask questions inside.