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Lowell Observatory

1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Thu 9a
  • Independent
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“one of the world's 100 most important places”

Lowell Observatory is an astronomical observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Lowell Observatory was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. In 2011, the Observatory was named one of "The World's 100 Most Important Places" by TIME. The Observatory's original 24-inch (0.61 m) Alvan Clark Telescope is still in use today for public education. Lowell Observatory hosts 80,000 visitors per year at their Steele Visitors Center who take guided daytime tours and view various wonders of the night sky through the Clark Telescope and other telescopes. It was founded by astronomer Percival Lowell, and run for a time by his third cousin Guy Lowell of Boston's well-known Lowell family. The current trustee of Lowell Observatory is William Lowell Putnam III, grandnephew of founder Percival Lowell and son of long-time trustee Roger Putnam. The position of trustee is historically handed down through the family.

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Reviewed by
Kallie

  • Road Warrior
  • 13 Reviews
  • 24 Helpful
June 26, 2013

We went when they were doing a night time view out of the big telescope. They had several smaller telescopes set up to view things and they had the big one set up to view Saturn. It was beautiful. They even set up a smaller one to view Saturn so you could really see the difference in the magnification.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jesscoop05

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 05, 2014
Rated 5.0

Plan on a couple hours minimum, with two forty five minute shows plus time to explore the exhibits and take in views through the telescopes. Extremely informative and educational presentation. Got the opportunity to see where Apollo 13 landed on the moon, Saturn, Mars, and a star cluster 300,000 light years away - awesome!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 448 Helpful
July 02, 2014

This is a really cool facility! I believe its every other night its open to the public! Good for astrophotography although a train comes below and lights up the landscape once per hour!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
beckyrovenstine

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
October 10, 2017

Hours are wrong. We drove up expecting it to be open at 9am. Wrong. Big sign in front doesn't open until 10am. Had to find something else to do while we waited.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Chrystal42

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
April 11, 2017
Rated 5.0

My kids and I loved it. They had 4 or 5 small telescopes set up to see close things. Than they had 3 big ones, looking at Jupiter and star clusters. My hubby also go a family pass for $60 which would let us in to 2 or 3 more space place in other states. I would do this again anytime.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 702 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great place for a photo-op, especially at night. However, if you're bringing kids be aware that not all the shows are kid-friendly. Also, before you pay, ask if there's going to be a telescope viewing. Try to visit during a clear sky evening. And remember to wear comfortable walking shoes.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
quinolin

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 07, 2014
Rated 5.0

I was in Phoenix for work and made a trip to Flagstaff on a weekend. I toured the Hubble exhibit, walked the grounds, and saw a lecture on young exoplanets before catching views of the stars by eye and telescope. The combination of historical information and current research is a particularly nice touch. I really enjoyed visit to

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kimicalwife

  • 17 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
August 09, 2014

We just stopped (during the morning) because my daughter loves space, yet it turned out to be a highlight of our road trip. The Pluto was discovered here along with other astro milestones. Wish we could have stayed into the night.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
megahtay

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 05, 2018
Rated 4.0

This place is definitely worth the $15 it costs to get in. The staff were all very knowledgeable and seemed passionate about what they were doing. You get to look through 4-5 different telescopes. Some were at stars and two were of Saturn. It was really crowded though. I recommend going before the sun sets so you can get pics and then staying through dark.

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Reviewed by
fmasias

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
December 29, 2017
Rated 5.0

This place was great! A fun place to stop at if you want some amazing stargazing views! Catch the presentation if you can!

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Lowell Observatory

1400 W Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, Arizona
86001 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking

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