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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
+1 213-473-0800
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A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
+1 213-473-0800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must do in LA! After many visits, I finally made it there and it worth the beautiful, mythical view.

Thank Olivia K
Reviewed yesterday

Nice views from Los Angeles and Hollywood sign from the hill where this observatory is located. Watch out for parking as it gets filled up early Inside of course you will be treated to science and astronomy and tons of information

Thank Christian S
Reviewed yesterday

Amazing. Must see if you even visit the L.A. area. The drive through Griffith Park has magnificent views, but once you arrive at the observatory there are sights to behold! You can see the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Sign, most of L.A. county, and a...More

Thank Leaving_Samsara
Reviewed yesterday

This spot should be in anyone's top 3 things to do when visiting.I would definitely suggest a sunset from this location and to catch the shows .we had never seen Jupiter with this clarity before . I would also recommend a ride share as parking...More

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed yesterday

It is really a paradise for Space and Science lovers. Kids and adults would enjoy this expo of amazing tools and displays which you can interact and experiment with, and it is all for free. The show inside the Dome is spectacular, there are 4...More

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great experience with the best view of the city. Totally free unless you want to go into the auditorium for the talks, which are very reasonably priced. Very comfortable seats, it was hard not to fall asleep. Parking can be a bit difficult, but worth...More

Thank Vicky050268
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went here after work on a weekday because we thought it might be less busy. We got that wrong. The drive up the hill was slow because we were behind a line of cars. There were a lot of people hiking up the hill...More

Thank Fiona O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We unknowingly wandered in behind a school group, not realising the observatory was closed to the general public. Had we seen a sign indicating this we definitely wouldn't have made our way in. My friend approached the desk to ask a question and was rudely...More

Thank Maddy R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If not timed properly it can get quiet crowded up here to see the Hollywood sign. Beautiful breath taking scenery everywhere..on a clear day you get to see good view of los Angeles and also take snaps with Hollywood sign.

Thank Ipsita D
Reviewed 2 days ago

I think most people go up so they can view the Hollywood sign but this is a great observatory. Two of the telescopes were viewing the sun and the moon. Cool exhibits. The building is beautiful. Love the statue of the astronomers out front. Very...More

Thank klbrownee
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Beneciaaa C
23 September 2017|
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Response from abeillesgee | Reviewed this property |
The area outside of Griffith observatory is open and freely accessible, but you will have to pay for parking.
Beneciaaa C
23 September 2017|
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Response from qube30815 | Reviewed this property |
There is not a closed off area to the outside, so you'll be fine to go at any time but just in case you wanted to know the hours they are: monday: closed, tueday-friday 12pm-10pm, saturday-sunday 10am-10pm I would also... More
Cath H
15 September 2017|
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Response from elanach | Reviewed this property |
I just called them for you and they said they will be open that Saturday and observe the holiday on Monday. (So closed on Monday)