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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51.34% 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
Love that the Observatory and surrounding areas are open to the public for free. Some nice hiking trails and incredible views from the observatory deck. Check out some of the free exhibits inside too. Be prepared to park far away and walk up the hill, which is actually fun in itself.
Was surprised that this place was packed with people at night. Lucky enough to see through two small telescopes pointing at double stars and one nebula. The staff was super patient and informative when we asked her about what we're seeing. Very good experience! The parking lot was also very spacious so it was easy to find a parking spot.
General entrance is free. The views up here are amazing. There is a lot to learn and experience within the observatory. You can also see the Hollywood signs from here. In close proximity there are a lot of nice hiking trails. Within the facilities public toilets are available.
Best Social Media Cover Photo. Very nice view of downtown LA. You can also see the Hollywood sign. It’s a very nice drive, or you can park and hike various distances, depending on what you want to do. Pay to park near, but we were able to find spot at the top.
Definitely worth a visit if you've never visited. I generally make sure to arrive earlier than later due to the extremely limited parking at the top and the hit and miss parking along the road up along the way to the observatory. Try to reserve a viewing of the indoor show once you arrive so you can walk around the two floors while you wait. If you come at sunset you can usually catch a really nice sunset and a view of LA at night. See my attached photo.