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Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, California 90027 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Sun 10a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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“See the stars in this unique Observatory”

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. 

Griffith Observatory's unique architecture and setting, compelling programmatic offerings, and cinematic exposure have made it one of the most famous and visited landmarks in southern California. Tens of millions have come to walk the inside of the building, view the live planetarium shows, or simply gaze out towards the coast and the heavens. This cultural and scientific icon owes its existence to the dream of one man, Griffith Jenkins Griffith, and to the dedicated scientists and public servants who worked to fulfill his vision of making astronomy and observation accessible to all.

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Reviewed by
spookyamd

  • 28 Reviews
  • 59 Helpful
June 6, 2014

I love this place! Free admission, incredible views, and science! Be sure to catch the short movie about the observatory with Leonard Nimoy, watch the sunset on the patio with a cup of coffee, and peer through the giant telescope after dark.

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Anna Hider

  • Blogger
  • 1,254 Reviews
  • 378 Helpful
April 29, 2014

At night, the line to use the big telescope is SUPER long, so get there early if you're set on that. Or you can amuse yourself with one of the smaller ones which are still awesome. Also, it's basically free, which I love.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sacae

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

Closed on Mondays. DOES have free wifi. Great views!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
big_john

  • 58 Reviews
  • 45 Helpful
October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is one place to go and see the beauty from above! Without any entrance fee you will be able to become one with the telescope and explore what happens above the earth...among the stars!

Very educational, but so worth it. If you are afraid of the heights I would not recommend it.

The Planetarium Show is fantastic to see and the views from up there just one in a million!!

Do not miss it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Luisa

  • 332 Reviews
  • 165 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

On a clear day you can see almost the entire city (including the Hollywood sign!) from up here. Going up right before sunset is apparently pretty spectacular.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

  • Road Warrior
  • 273 Reviews
  • 231 Helpful
September 2, 2014
Rated 5.0

I loved visiting the Griffith Park observatory when I traveled to L.A. Along the drive up to the observatory you get some great views of the Hollywood sign, and once you get to the top you get an amazing panorama of the Los Angeles area. The observatory itself is also pretty cool, and included a huge telescope that you can wait in line to use.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,166 Reviews
  • 593 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

In the game "Grand Theft Auto VI" this is the Los Santos Observatory, located on Verdant Bluffs. In real-life there's no major gang activity to speak of, and no safe houses. This place is super easy to visit in real-life as it’s modeled after Griffith Observatory, a popular tourist attraction in L.A. with loads of spacey and sciencey stuffs.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,166 Reviews
  • 593 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is where the Terminator crash lands at Griffith Park Observatory. It was also featured in Grand Theft Auto V.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
elg5131

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 9, 2014

Great view of the Hollywood sign.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
shannonpettis

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

The Griffith Observatory was a great place to take my science-loving kids. Parking was a nightmare but just park in the lower level lot, the hike up the hill is worth it and it's FREE! We went when they were hosting a public star party and my kids were able to see the moon and Mars through the telescopes that were set up on the lawn. The Observatory was recently renovated/expanded so make sure to catch the movie in the Leonard Nimoy Theater to see how it was done, very interesting! My kids enjoyed seeing what they weighed on each of the planets and also seeing real moon rocks and learning where meteorites often hit. The interactive periodic table of elements was my son's personal favorite. The view of L.A. from the top deck is unbelievable! Bring quarters so your kids can look through the observation deck binoculars and don't forget to get a photo of the Hollywood sign in the background. This stop is perfect for a day trip!

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Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, California
90027 USA

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Closed Now
  • Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking

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