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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
+1 213-473-0800
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
+1 213-473-0800
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Reviewed yesterday

I confess - we visited this because of La La Land! We saw it featured in the movie, and decided to visit. I'm so glad we did! I was stunned to find out that all of the exhibit halls and telescope viewing platforms are free...More

Thank e_recruiter
Reviewed yesterday

We had planned to visit the Griffith Observatory in the morning, but parking proved to be an issue, so we came back in the afternoon and managed to score a carpark pretty quickly. We would have loved to have stayed for the night time viewing,...More

Thank Edleg
Reviewed yesterday

Although the views are amazing, parking was horrible, they block off about 30% of the spots for staff even at night after the observatory has closed, so you can easily waste 30 minutes searching for a car spot. Not well operated at all :(

Thank Tarquin M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good exhibition and very informative. You can spend hours over there. You still can take the Hollywood sign from quite a distance. The only challenge is to find a parking.

Thank Jeffrey_Teh_2000
Reviewed yesterday

This place was super cool, but VERY touristy. Big crowds, but the cool museum atmosphere is worth it. It is a very LARGE place, and you can do a number of hikes. Again though, if you aren't into big crowds of tourists, don't come too...More

Thank Gordon S
Reviewed yesterday

Had not been to the Observatory in twenty years, imagine my surprise when I saw the updates. Building was raised , the grounds were improved and the new displays are everywhere. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theatre is informative and The Big Picture display is...More

Thank Thomas P
Reviewed yesterday

We visited the Observatory to get a look at the Hollywood sign. What we found was so much more! We started out on our hike toward the sign and upon realizing we couldn't get the picture we wanted decided to hike a little more. When...More

Thank jamihayes95
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We hiked up here after travelling for 24hrs we needed to street our legs. It's really beautiful up there. Great views of the city & to see & do inside. It was a Friday night & it as packed so be prepared for tourists! Great...More

Thank amandamonkey
Reviewed yesterday

Our A DAY IN LA TOURS took us to Griffith Observatory, they were able to get us right in, dropped off in front of Observatory and let us have a nice visit of the place after giving us much of the history as we drove...More

Thank Barbara C
Reviewed yesterday

A 'must see' on a trip to LA. Beautiful building (loved the entrance hall ceiling murals) stunning views, excellent exhibits. Only downside is parking, however we were directed back down the hill to a free parking area where we easily picked up the shuttle bus...More

Thank Jo W
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Is this the best place to watch the sunrise in September? Or should I head to Mount Hollywood ?
6 May 2017|
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Response from Don S | Reviewed this property |
It is best for sunset view to the west. I am not sure if sunrise view to the east is possible. I think the mountains to the east would block the low eastern horizon.
Lucy P
Can you give some specific directions which metro stop/station and how to get the shuttle going up? Do you know how to get down as well?
23 April 2017|
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Response from Angel D | Reviewed this property |
Take the Metro Rail Red line train (Hollywood/Western direction) and get off on Hollywood/Western. Follow signs for Hollywood/Western Ave and take Metro Local 181 bus line (eastbound toward Sierra Madre) and exit Bus on Los... More
Hello: We will be visiting during early April and will have an SUV. Can we just drive to the observatory, park and tour on our own? What is the price of admission and the best time to visit? Thank you so very much!
19 March 2017|
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Response from Renee C | Reviewed this property |
Uber is the way to go! Trust Me