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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 Tickets 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 Get To The Griffith Observatory by Public Transport

  • Sunset/Vermont Red Line Subway station

Restaurants Near The Griffith Observatory

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Address: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States

Phone: +1-2134730800

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

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  • A memorable visit in LA. You can see the entire city from the observatory! If you are fit enough, you could hike all the way up by going on nearby trails, or just take a cab or the Dash bus line to go all the way up. There are lots of things to see inside the observatory for free, like small games, information about planets and even a Tesla coil in some specific times (I think it is activated every hour). Some presentations take place every hour as well, and I watched one called Centered in the Universe, which was truly amazing and unforgettable. The adult ticket costs just 7 dollars, and it lasts for about 45 minutes, where the presenter discusses about our own existence. If you like science, astronomy, or if you are just curious and want to have an amazing experience, this can't be missed! One important note: don't forget to bring a hat and water! If you are waiting on the outside for your cab, or for a bus down, you need to be careful with the sun, as there is almost no shade to hide from it. Data reception is also pretty poor.

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  • We spent the day at the observatory. Thoroughly enjoyed the show Centered in the Universe. The exhibits were very informative for young and old alike. I left the observatory with information overload. It is well worth a trip back just for the educational value. And, oh yes, the views were amazing. Our day was sunny at the observatory but there was quite a bit if haze over the city. Would definitely return.

  • Its on top of the world.Look at LA below. See sunset behind Hollywood hill. If aliens were to land in LA it will be in Griffith park. And what great architecture the Griffith observatory provides.And see the hues of sunset all around. And it is not just us on this hill. See the rush of humanity here.every square inch. Throbbing. To get the top of the world view and beyond the world view through the telescope.

  • The observatory itself is a five star must see place. However, parking is a nightmare and unorganized! (I went on a Tuesday in July, I can't imagine how it's like on a weekend.) If you are traveling with small children or disabled family members, plan to arrive at least 40 minutes before the observatory is open to find closer parking. If you park closer, they charge you $4/hr. You can only use credit card to pay the machine. I parked about about a mile away and it took me 20 minutes to get to the observatory. So, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes if you are going to be the one dropping everyone off and walk up to the observatory.

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  • Pros - The observatory was really cool - The telescope is a must! Go see Saturn's rings before its position changes :) - The staff were really nice - It's a treat that the admission fee is free - The Centre of the Universe show was amazing and very affordable - The view of LA is incredible Cons - BRING A SWEATER since you will wait forever for the bus back to the parking site - Bring $0.50 each way to ride the bus back to the parking location (they did accept $1.00 bills if you happen to be a pair) - Beware of roaming coyotes before you decide to hike it to the top - It's definitely crowded at night - No thanks to the smog, you can faintly see the Hollywood sign (it won't even show up in pictures) and you can't hike there.

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