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Lowell Observatory

1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
+1 928-774-3358
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Informativ, engaging and understandable

Arrived for the sun-viewing ‘tour’ at 10am. Jim was so enthusiastic and easy to understand, we... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
An educational evening albeit a little boring

Booked on the day and attended a couple of evening talks - one was particularly boring and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of Flagstaff, Arizona. For visitors, the Observatory offers telescope viewing, exhibits and science center, daytime guided tours, safe viewing of the Sun, multimedia programs, shows in the McAllister Space Theatre, special events throughout the year, and an astronomy gift shop.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“night sky” (94 reviews)
“pluto tour” (58 reviews)
“solar system” (84 reviews)
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1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
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Reviewed yesterday

Arrived for the sun-viewing ‘tour’ at 10am. Jim was so enthusiastic and easy to understand, we stayed for the Discovering Pluto and the Lowell History - all presented by him in clear, understandable language, plus a few jokes. Even on a cold, breezy morning it...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Booked on the day and attended a couple of evening talks - one was particularly boring and monotonous and it wasn't helped by the exessive heat and lack of air con.

Thank TheHappyHikers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came on a clear night and it's very dark. I was excited that I would be able to see some far-away galaxy or some planets. After standing in a slow-moving line for one of the telescopes, when I finally got to take a peek...More

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see in Flagstaff. We were there on an overcast day, but attended two very informative presentations during the day. We returned at night for anther, and a look through a telescope- amazing is the only word I can use to describe...More

Thank brn2trvl2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped off early at the Lowell Observatory and caught the 11am talk on Pluto, given by Kevin, who was extremely knowledgeable and humorous. He built up a picture of Percival Lowell and Clyde Tombaugh which was fascinating, and brought the story of Pluto's discovery...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been living in flag for a year now and just went to the observatory. Right before the entrance there is a spot to stop and look over the town, and once inside there are plenty of telescopes to look through! They re-adjust the...More

Thank kovarwithak
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went in the afternoon for a tour of the grounds and a lecture. Decided to return at night as the clouds cleared and enjoyed looking through a telescope that the moon astronauts looked through plus several other devices. Lectures were good although a little...More

Thank MindVisions
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Since the 18th century astronomers had predicted a ninth planet but could not find it. So Percivel Lowell decided to set up a telescope to look for the ninth planet. Along the way he made his name looking at Mars and seeing cities and canals...More

Thank Robert S E
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Sometimes I come here alone, sometimes with friends. I like to pick up dinner and sit while watching the lights and town move. It's a really cute spot right bellow the actual observatory. The observatory itself is cute too, they usually have events for kids...More

Thank Whitney W
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Great stop in Flagstaff. Had an overnight stay and this is one of the stops we made and very happy we did! Very interesting and guide was great!

Thank JTBR
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Doug W
18 August 2017|
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Response from akm0722 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I do not remember Cost. I do remember it was Affordable for me. I'd suggest calling them of going to website
Lauren M
31 July 2017|
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Response from azkimPhoenix | Reviewed this property |
My kids were 10 and 3. 10 year old is totally into space so loved it. 3 year old liked it but had a hard time listening to the talks.
Bryanna E
30 May 2017|
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Response from danf552017 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can return several times in one day. Make certain you get your wrist stamped when you purchase your admission.