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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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+1 928-774-3358
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research...

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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Observatory is located at the top end of a residential street. My son went to NAU and suggested we visit, and I'm so glad we made the trip while we were staying in Sedona. What a... read more

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Observatory is located at the top end of a residential street. My son went to NAU and suggested we visit, and I'm so glad we made the trip while we were staying in Sedona. What a surprise to learn so much in a campus setting. Pluto was first determined to be a planet here, and the observatory is huge. Really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited here back in April 2012, went up at night and observed Saturn and M104 the Sombrero Galaxy through the great Clark Telescope which is a huge refractor telescope. This telescope discovered Pluto and was also once used by Carl Sagan! Outside they had a 16" reflector setup which they were showing people some globular clusters. I was impressed with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lowell Observatory is a great place for amateurs and enthusiasts to learn more about the skies and stars above. There is serious hometown pride for the discovery of Pluto, which is reflected in the programs they offer as part of the admission. The only piece of advice I would offer visitors is if you're going during chilly months, make... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour had a great time just don't go when it's cloudy because they have a huge telescope where you can look up to the sky but when I went sadly I wasn't able to due to the rain.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the observatory just a short drive up a hill out of town. Nice visitors center. Watched a slide show about the sun given by a astrophysics grad student. After the sun presentation a small observatory was opened to see venus. This was during the day with some high cloud cover. Very interesting that part of the meteor that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You will find a great deal of educational programs available. Even if it is cloudy! We visited in the evening hoping to see some stars, but no luck. Still there was a great presentation about the solar system and we went to see the telescope that was used to discover Pluto. Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to go January 2nd and encountered a sign on the door saying closed due to weather. Ended up going the next day. Compared to Kitt Peak this is a historical observatory with a lot more focus on their guests. The tour guide we had was very knowledgeable despite having worked there only 1 year. If you're into astronomy this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always looked to the stars and finding an observatory that dates back to the early 1900's was wonderful. I never realized that PLUTO was discovered by our own astronomers. Was well work the trip through the mountains from Sedona (89A) to visit a distinctly unique town and lovely place to reach the stars.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful visit with hands-on activities for people of all ages. Went here with young kids and they loved the visit. Make sure you visit when they have their telescope up so you can take a peak! A major plus is the view you get at the top.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place one of my all time favorite places to go when in Flagstaff I love science and technology so much you can learn and teach your kids here

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