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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number:
+1 213-473-0800
12:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the...

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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Great view

Great view. It tend to get very crowded as the day goes on, so get there early to get a park. The view of downtown is amazing. Inside the observatory there's a pendulum and some... read more

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Great view. It tend to get very crowded as the day goes on, so get there early to get a park. The view of downtown is amazing. Inside the observatory there's a pendulum and some other exhibits inside that educate you.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have seen La La Land, Griffith Observatory was a prominent feature of this wonderful movie. Getting up to the observatory is difficult has there are cars parked everywhere and people walking up the mountain. Lots of traffic. The Observatory itself is a marvel in itself. Lots of great exhibits to see and a spectacular view of L.A. that... More 

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Just standing here where part of terminator was filmed was enough to excite me! Absolutely loved the view! I can't remember much about the inside of the building as I think I was mesmerised but everything else. Would definitely visit again!

Thank Wynter B
Laguna Hills, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It took us an hour to get to the observatory from the bottom of the hill. There was zero parking places and we had to turn around and come back down. It was horrible how the security guys just stood around and didn't help direct traffic. They have a parking lot on top but decided to close it so only... More 

Thank Goli P
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressive facility and the views are amazing at night and in daylight. Parking can be a challenge so be prepared to park down the mountain and have to walk up.

Thank mim-1966
Fremont, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good family outing after a good drive around LA. Very good for family getaways on a good sunny weekend.

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Fairhope, Alabama
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place offers the very best of iconic views of the LA area. From here you can see the famous "Hollywood Sign", downtown LA and other sights. Parking can be quite tricky. Try parking at the very top near the observatory. If space exists, you will be glad for the short, level walk to the observatory.

Thank Jay B
Troy, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Aside from a good view of the Hollywood sign and being able to touch a meteorite one of the best things about visiting Griffith Observatory is the Art Deco Building itself. Lovely touches of Art Deco are in details throughout the building. Another unexpected but exciting experience I had during my visit is seeing a Tesla Coil. Why you might... More 

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Although I didn't go inside - I made a point of taking a drive up there at 6am to beat the crowds! It's probably THE best location for taking photos of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign/surrounding areas. It was a Saturday morning and although there were quite a few joggers and sightseers up there - it was a lot... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Let me start by saying that the parking situation was horrendous the night that we went. It was getting close to sunset so that may have been the problem, but we were stuck in traffic and fighting for a parking spot for an hour and a half. We ended up finding one on the side of the road a mile... More 

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