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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number: +1 213-473-0800
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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
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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 and parking are free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.

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I didn't plan on a visit to the Observatory, but was pleasantly surprised when I did. For anyone with even a mild interest in astronomy and the stars, it provides a wealth of... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I didn't plan on a visit to the Observatory, but was pleasantly surprised when I did. For anyone with even a mild interest in astronomy and the stars, it provides a wealth of information as well as staff keen to impart their knowledge. It's also an excellent vantage point for views across the city to the ocean and selfie spot... More 

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Thank Tracy H
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

No entrance fee required. Also, you can touch rocks that's from Mars and Moon in the Observatory. Also, You could take pictures Hollywood sign here. Great scenery is easily accessed here and worth spending whole evening here. Definitely a must go spot.

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Thank BaculoVirus
Los Angeles
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love the observatory! Once a month, they have the amateur planetary groups out there with their telescopes and you can look through them and see various planets and stars. Also, they have short interesting movies about our solar system or planet that is fun to go to. Get there after dark but before closing to see the planets through... More 

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Thank LisaLosAngeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is a really impresive place!!! You can watch all LA landscape when the hollywood sign is in your behind. There is a space museum on downstairs. A rock which came from the Moon is shown and lots of information about the galaxy. But it was hard to find a park place for car on September!!!

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Thank Tolga K
Columbus, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My sister and I decided to head to Griffith Observatory because we'd heard it had a great view of the Hollywood sign. (And this seemed better than driving around in bad traffic searching for a good vantage point / disrespectfully hiking through yards.) We got so much more than we bargained for - a beautiful drive through Griffith Park as... More 

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Thank schroederjt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great view over LA and the Hollywood sign. We only stayed for a short while, really wish had more time to plan to walk one of the trails.

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Thank Suzana B
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great views, very informative. Didn't realise the hills behind were used in the opening credits of MASH!

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Thank Rudy24
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the trip up the hill for the awesome views from the ocean to the mountains. The Observatory is a beautiful and iconic structure. Exhibits and Planetarium are a bit tired, but still very educational for budding astronomers. Parking can be difficult. Be careful - they like to ticket if you don't follow the rules.

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Thank Tom C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you can go when its open even better! It will be crowded if its during the holidays but it still is one of the best sites in Los Angeles! One a clear day which is most days great views!

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Thank Tricia T
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The observatory is one of those nice locations in Los Angeles you don't want to miss. I brought here some friends from Europe, they loved it. The view is incredible (unfortunately also that one of the smog!) I strongly suggested it to everyone stopping by in L.A.

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