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Visiting Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

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  • Cost: Admission to the Griffith Observatory is free, but you have to buy tickets to the planetarium show
  • Location: Griffith Park (see below)
  • How Long: Depends on your interest but at least a couple of hours - if you're scientifically curious, it could take much longer
  • Best Time to Visit: Griffith Observatory is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving1 and December 25

Visiting Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory features space-related exhibits, star shows in the planetarium and often hosts special events. Downstairs you'll find exhibits about the universe and you can actually look through the telescopes on the roof. On the main floor, you can get the answers to all those pesky questions: why moon has phases, what causes an eclipse or how tides form.

Tips for the Griffith Observatory

  • Many folks miss the planetary orbits inscribed in sidewalk out front, but they're a good way to get a sense of cosmic size.

  • For a time, Griffith Observatory visitors had to reserve a space on a shuttle bus just to get there, but that limitation is no longer in effect. However, weekend shuttles are a good way to avoid parking hassles.

  • The Griffith Observatory planetarium show isn't designed for small children, and kids less than 5 years old are admitted only to the first show of the day.

  • The Griffith Observatory is open late and you can get great city views from outside. Bring an extra clothing layer in case it cools off too much.

Special Events at the Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory frequently hosts special Star Parties and other events.

Griffith Observatory in the Movies

Griffith Observatory has appeared in many films, but perhaps its most memorable role was in the ending of Rebel Without a Cause. Other Griffith Observatory film credits include Transformers, the 1984 Terminator film and Jurassic Park.

Getting to Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA
Griffith Observatory Website

The Griffith Observatory is in Griffith Park. You can approach it through the Vermont or Fern Dell entrances. Park in the Griffith Observatory parking lot or on the nearby streets. The Fern Dell entrance closes at dark - after that, use Vermont.

On weekends, you can also get bus service to the Griffith Observatory from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station. It runs on Saturday and Sunday, except holidays, about every half hour.

1 Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

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