Griffith Observatory

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Griffith Observatory is an iconic landmark and public observatory located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. The observatory was inaugurated in 1935 and has since become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, drawing more than a million visitors each year.

The observatory was made possible by the bequest of Griffith J. Griffith, a Welsh-American philanthropist and mining magnate who donated the land and funds for the construction of the building. The building was designed in Art Deco style by architect John C. Austin, and features a central rotunda with a prominent dome, as well as a number of smaller domes and towers.

In addition to its exhibits and displays, the observatory also offers a range of educational programs and public events, including star parties, lectures, and workshops. The observatory is also a popular filming location, and has been featured in a number of movies and TV shows over the years. Griffith Observatory is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in astronomy, science, or Los Angeles history and culture.

How to explore Griffith Observatory?

Explore the universe for free:

One of the most popular features of the observatory is the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, which offers a variety of multimedia shows that explore topics such as astronomy, cosmology, and space exploration.

The planetarium has a 290-seat theater and a state-of-the-art projection system that allows visitors to explore the night sky in stunning detail for free.

Explore the exhibits:

The observatory is home to a number of exhibits and displays, including a Foucault pendulum, a Tesla coil, and a seismograph.

It also houses a planetarium and several telescopes, including the historic Zeiss refracting telescope that was installed in 1935.

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    3 hours

Address of Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA, United States

Opening & Closing time of Griffith Observatory

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    12:00 PM-22:00
  • Friday
    12:00 PM-22:00
  • Saturday
    12:00 PM-22:00
  • Sunday
    12:00 PM-22:00

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