Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles

4.5

Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, located in the Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory has also exhibitions like Foucault pendulum, which was designed to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. Griffith Observatory's grounds, exhibits, and telescopes are available free to the public each day the building is open. There are 8 - 10 live shows each day in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Griffith also offers daily and monthly programs, special events, and public star parties. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Admission has been free since the observatory's opening in 1935.

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Open Hours:

  • Tue

    12:00 - 22:00

  • Wed

    12:00 - 22:00

  • Thu

    12:00 - 22:00

  • Fri

    12:00 - 22:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 22:00

  • Sun

    10:00 - 22:00

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Reviews

  • Neha Dogra

    5
    - 07 September 2018 -

    This place should be on every tourist list to visit! I loved stopping here and seeing the amazing view! You can also see the Hollywood sign since it’s across from the observatory. I went Labor Day weekend so parking was difficult to find and we had to park about a mile down the road and walk all the way up here. The place itself was maintained clean and friendly. There is so much information and knowledge to be obtained from here. All the workers are well informed about their facts. They also do shows every hour so we were right in time for one. If your an Astronomy nerd or looking for a nice outdoor view then this place it just for you!

  • Marc Beltrán

    5
    - 04 September 2018 -

    Hiking is super fun here! More so when you know your way around or shall I say know all those awesome trails. My wife and I would hike here with one of her friends back when we were dating, she shared with us all those wonderful (secret) trails I was mentioning. The Observatory is super cool too! My dad would bring my brother and I when we were children, their laser shows are the most awesome! Our all time favorite was (don't know if they still show it) Pink Floyd's THE WALL, we'll never forget it, especially because we saw it more than once.

  • Salma

    5
    - 31 August 2018 -

    What’s not to love about this place? Perfect free activity to do. Beautiful views, lots of cool stuff to learn. My only complaint would be the fact that there wasn’t any parking and we had to park down the hill which made for a steep walk. Still a small price to pay for the fun experience

  • Adam Dachman

    5
    - 21 August 2018 -

    If you are anywhere near the Griffith you must make the pilgrimage. The astronomical features are world class and can occupy your mind for hours if you allow the time. The architecture alone is stunning and the location outstanding. You WILL see the HOLLYWOOD sign clearly during the daytime. During the evening, the sign is NOT lit. But, the HOLLYWOOD sign is the least important item here anyway. Check the hours of operation and be sure to arrive early to secure parking. I usually park as close to the top as I can, but seldom go all the way to the lot closest as it is likely full when you arrive. The parking along the road leading up is 8.00 per hour and expect an up hill walk. Once you arrive, the stunning views, amazing structure and the astronomy will thrill you especially if you are a star gazer or science geek like me. Today I visited and just hung around outside. If you can spend half a day then buy tickets to the shows and you will not be disappointed. One of the great planetariums in the USA, the Griffith is not just a location from La La Land, but it is an outstanding testament to astronomical science and architecture.

  • Linus Gustafsson

    5
    - 20 August 2018 -

    Great view over LA and you can see the Hollywood sign from here as well. There's a lot of parking and there is even a shuttle that will take you all the way to the top. Great architecture. Went here on a Monday and then it's closed so go here on another day if you want to see the observatory from the inside, I'm sad I didn't, I'll have to come back! There's also a lot of hiking trails that is beautiful and you can walk to the sign from here, it's about 6,4 km (4 miles). If you're in LA you must go here!

  • Meagan Tudja

    5
    - 13 August 2018 -

    Really cool views of LA! Definitely worth the hike! Since the Greek Theater is on the same grounds, I would recommend checking their schedule before visiting. An event at the Greek theater posed a lot of traffic for us. Also if you are looking to go towards sunset or sunrise you can only use the entrance at Vermont. Otherwise there is parking all along the drive up and even a lot at the top.

  • dannaumann

    5
    - 28 July 2018 -

    Amazing, humbling, unforgettable, and free! Visited on a July weekday morning. Scouted out parking on Fern Dell Rd for free and hiking up the trails, but decided no as I was recovering from a fractured foot. We saw plenty of available spaces though. We drove up to Western Canyon Rd where everyone was pay-parking but still had to hike a ways. At the intersection of W Observatory Rd we were told by staff that the observatory pay parking was (unsurprisingly) full. BUT they suggested we try parking at the Greek Theatre for free. At the theatre the parking staff said no problem until 130pm as after there was an event. There was even a bus shuttle every 10-15 minutes! 50 cents!! Air-conditined!!! What luck. As the shuttle went to the observatory, Western Canyon Rd had become grid-locked. So I highly recommend checking if the Greek Theatre can offer free parking when you go, and use N Vermont Canyon Rd to get in and out, unless of course you want to see Western Canyon Rd and/or the hiking trails. We spent a good 2 hours at the observatory. The views of the surrounding hills and cities was grand and the installations were informative and wonderful. I found the Meridian Arc outside really cool. My favourite areas were the Hall of the Sky and Depths of Space. They both awed me and made me feel small. I left with the strong feeling that more than acquisition of wealth and fighting wars, everyone should study and be aware of astronomy and how it affects the human race. I won’t give any details about the installations-go and be amazed and delighted. Next time I’ll be sure to go to the Planetarium (free to $7) and the Event Horizon Theatre (free!). I didn’t try the cafe (Wolfgang Puck? No thanks, we hit In-N-Out after). The gift shop had some unique and fun souvenir items. Re the science ’toys', pay more at a proper store for better quality. I give this a 5/5-it was the highlight of my 5 day sightseeing trip.

  • Kyle Wit

    5
    - 27 July 2018 -

    Gorgeous view of Los Angeles that extends from the Pacific Ocean in the west to Long Beach in the south and far to the east and southeast in a mountain setting. Excellent view of the Hollywood sign northwest with hiking trail accessible from observatory. Parking is difficult, so take the DASH Observatory red line bus for 50 cents from the city just east of Hollywood, it will take you directly to the observatory and back. I met some beautiful people on the observatory with a stunning view as our conversational backdrop. There is even a charger outlet on the patio with a view! Anyone who has the opportunity to go here I am jealous of you. God I wish I was back there.

  • Nathan Ramirez

    5
    - 16 July 2018 -

    Absolutely stunning Observatory with beautiful architecture and breathtaking views of L.A day or night. Parking is free and there is a shuttle that will take you right up to the Observatory, however you can do as we did and take a nice stroll to the top and enjoy the twists and turns of the mountain. The deco style building is stunning and can outshine the views of L.A and the Hollywood sign, inside are a ton of exhibits that are interesting for the whole family. There is a cafe and gift shop, I high recommend checking this out... its one of the few times I wished I had bought a souvenir and didn’t. Take your time and enjoy the history of the Observatory you’ll be glad you did!

  • Nancy Elias

    5
    - 03 July 2018 -

    I remember coming here when I was in preschool. Now my kids like racing and hiking to the top. The old observatory was huge and the AC Unit provided the park with a nice stream throughout the park. Since the restoration the Griffith Observatory has grown double in size. Also, did you know that during WWII the Observatory was used to train pilots in star navigation. The Apollo 11 crew also trained here before their mom landing. Amazing right?

  • Mary Payne

    - 19 May 2018 -

    Not only do they have amazing views of the city but the have so much on astrology, be sure to visit inside and get your mind blown!

  • Edykat

    - 16 May 2018 -

    The best place to visit the entire scenery of LA. And also the best place to catch the Hollywood sign ever!!! If you have time visit one of the show while you’re there, very informative

  • Eric Stein

    - 04 May 2018 -

    Very cool place for a date or to take your kids

  • Agu Estrada

    - 08 April 2018 -

    try to go when the sun is out. a couple of the observatory items ("look through the eyepiece") can only be viewed when the sun is out.

  • Christina Christodoulou

    - 02 April 2018 -

    I love this place! It’s brilliant that there is an opportunity to look through the 12-inch Zeiss telescope most evenings depending upon the weather. A great location with good views of LA too.

  • Stefan S

    - 31 March 2018 -

    The view, the sunrise 🌅

  • Oleg Zhoglo

    - 28 February 2018 -

    Don't wait in traffic, take a walk up to the top, only takes about 20 minutes

  • johnny kreveta

    - 27 February 2018 -

    one of the LA must go place

  • Muteb M

    - 27 February 2018 -

    With a nice weather it will be a unforgettable day.

  • Rebecca S.

    - 26 February 2018 -

    Amazing views! Will definitely go here again!

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