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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
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+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 is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.

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Interesting and great views

The observatory has a lot of shows going on each day that are very well done and interesting. Plus, there are displays on each level where you can meander around and actually... read more

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Nashville, Tennessee
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The observatory has a lot of shows going on each day that are very well done and interesting. Plus, there are displays on each level where you can meander around and actually learn something new. Surrounding the observatory are spectacular views of LA. It is something you shouldn't miss while in LA.

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Brisbane, Australia
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244 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is an amazing LA institution and you could spend all day here if interested in space and astronomy. Secondly, the views are out of this world. In one direction you can see up to the Hollywood sign and you have unbeatable views out to Greater LA in the other direction. The Planetarium show (get your tickets early, it's popular... More 

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Thank WorldTravla7
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I hike from Griffith park to the observatory, landscaping wise is not impressive but you can see the city while going up. Building is pretty from outside but nothing special in the inside. It is free to get in but you have to pay for exhibitions, as usual.

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Thank Josué N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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We googled "Hollywood Sign" and wound up here, paid $4.00 an hour and hiked up a steep mountain side only to find NO Hollywood Sign!!! Not the Observatories fault. Since we had already paid the parking we decided to partake in the Observatories amenities. My Daughter enjoyed it and it made for great memories!

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Thank Trish P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time in LA. Local friend decided this would be my first LA experience. It did NOT disappoint. For any astronomy lovers, this place is everything. And I strongly suggest staying for the sunset. Apparently sunsets are a thing in LA... who knew?!

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Thank Maxx C
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great outing for both Tourist and Locals. The museum, park grounds and spectacular views are free. Parking is limited and difficult. We parked on the street and walked 30+ minutes to the observatory. more notes: access to the observatory was through residential streets. dress in layers and comfortable shoes. bring water.

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Thank 2016visi2r
New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice way to spend an afternoon. Views of LA are great. Hollywood sign is still pretty far in the distance so pictures of it from here arent great. Parking and visiting is free. Keep in mind the altitude, it gets really windy and significantly colder.

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Thank Donna S
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth the visit. It gives you a great view of Los Angeles to get your bearings of the area. It is always best on a clear day.

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Thank khjohnson
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great views of L.A. take you time strolling or hiking the area at your leisure. Pack a picnic if you like and just lay down a blanket on the front lawn area. Hiking trails and horseback rentals nearby. There's a theater and museum like displays inside the observatory.

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Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best place to view the city of LA, also the best place to learn about our planet and universe and other very interesting stuff to learn and explore, loved the full moving model and the pendulum in the main entrance.

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