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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number: +1 213-473-0800
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10:00 - 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
Description:

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 and parking are free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.

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Best viewpoint for downtown LA and hollywood sign.

This attraction is on the mountain overlooking both LA downtown and hollywood sign. The building is neoclassic architecture with exhibition about astronomy, at the first glance... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bangkok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This attraction is on the mountain overlooking both LA downtown and hollywood sign. The building is neoclassic architecture with exhibition about astronomy, at the first glance when you pass the gate , it's the vault of pendulum which is the amazing tool for telling time and there is exhibition about out earth and solar system on the basement.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This give you an amazing view over Los Angeles and you can see Hollywood sign as well. Free parking as well.

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Denver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited on Friday evening after Thanksgiving. It was extremely crowded. We parked in the shuttle lot and it was about 1/2 hour wait for a shuttle. We waited in line for viewing through the telescope.

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Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The views from the observatory were awesome! The science museum had informative and fun exhibits. On top of that the admission is free. As other reviewers have pointed out - it is crowded. However, don't let that stop you from going because the lines (if any) move quickly and it's a must see if you are in the area.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent remodel and re do. All is very well kept and clean. Beautiful views of LA and Hollywood Hills

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a nice place to visit and in front of it you can see Los Angeles from above, it's an interest place and they show you a Tesla experiment which is really exciting It's a good place for kids and the family in general

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband really wanted to come here at night, and I'm so glad that we did. There were 3 telescopes set up out front where you could glimpse different stars & planets (we saw Uranus & Vega that night) and the guides were very informative. Also amazing views of the city lights from above. Worth a visit, despite having to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The view is better than any sky scraper. You can see a hundred miles on a clear day. Snow on the distant peaks. A windy day might be less desirable as you are exposed to the sky. The observatory was closed on Monday...we should have checked ahead. I don't know of any transportation other than paid tours. Take an Uber... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The actual place to go into was closed but the view at the top of the observatory is absolutely breathtaking! This was my first time visiting California and it wouldn't haven't been complete without making this stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Experiencing the sunset and the LA city lights from the Griffith Observatory was breathtaking. Parking was a pain though. Also, it's a no-fly zone for drones.

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