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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
+1 213-473-0800
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Reviewed yesterday

It's a great way to spend a Saturday or a Sunday: hike up the hill leading to the Observatory (or just drive up if you're short on time); stand on the roof and the sides of the Observatory to take in the view at various...More

Thank Matthew R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One of my favorites places in LA, you can take pictures of the Hollywood sign and you can improve your knowledge about astronomy. All ages.

Thank Milena T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Walked there from the car park near the Greek Theatre yo watch sunset (took about 15min walk, it's fine). Beautiful sunset, beautiful views over LA, great view of the Hollywood sign. Very crowded though, you have to fight to get a nice spot with a...More

Thank babsd33
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful views all angles on any side of the observatory. From downtown to the mountains bring some extra memory for your pics. You are definitely going to need it.

Thank miller9115
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I went to the Griffith Observatory in the evening to see the Hollywood sign and look around. Travel tip: you cannot see the Hollywood sign at night, it isn’t lit up like it is in the movies, which sadly I didn’t know...More

Thank TheAverageTourist
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a famous place in Hollywood film history. Parts of Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean were filmed here. This is worth it even if you don't go into the Observatory. You can see Downtown LA one way and the Hollywood sign another.

Thank 20anad15
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved this view of everything, come early as the parking gets hard and can be a hike to get here. Up close to the Hollywood Sign...

Thank Dnnklly
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Would highly recommend going to see the movies they show. Check out the Tesla Coil, the so turn it on at different times. Very nice views, which include the Hollywood sign.

Thank pmt1234
Reviewed 3 days ago

Traffic was congested getting here, and the weather was like 100 degrees, but once inside it was nice & cool. Plenty star gazing to be had!

Thank TipiHaereNZ
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There are few free things to do in LA... however this one is and a must see if you are in LA. If you can see through the smog... the LA skyline is nice to see. The Hollywood sign is Next to you and the...More

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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)