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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
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+1 928-774-3358
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00

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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Lowell observatory is a great place to visit at night. I spent about 1.5 hours here, basically until they closed. I wished I had allocated more time here. The guided star tour is... read more

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lowell observatory is a great place to visit at night. I spent about 1.5 hours here, basically until they closed. I wished I had allocated more time here. The guided star tour is great. Pretty cold when I went, so bring a coat. Would highly recommend visiting.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to see the stars through the many telescopes they have set up at night for visitors. Staff was very helpful, they pointed out stars and constellations and were very patient with questions.

Thank MJBX101
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here with our 10 and 4 year old and had a great time. My son loves space and he enjoyed every aspect of this. Wish we would have come a bit earlier and seen more.

Thank azkimPhoenix
Brenham, Texas
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband the Astronomy professor was very disappointed.exhibits closed or loaned out. Misinformation in lectures. High point was the fact he found some books to purchase in the giftshop.

Thank Patty G
Death Valley National Park, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited the observatory in the evening. I attended a talk on the universe. The presentations are delivered by college students. I also walked through the Solar System, Galaxy, and Universe walk. It wasn't quite dark yet, so I spent some time in the visitor center. It seemed to be geared towards children--so I was excited! You are invited to... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I wanted to visit the observatory because in November 1916 my grandfather visited while crossing the country in a 1916 a Maxwell touring car. The staff was helpful in pointing out what buildings were standing in 1916. I got to look through the same telescope my grandfather did. The staff was very informative. Go in the evening for best viewing.

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went to the Lowell Observatory because I had a few hours to kill before heading back home to Phoenix. The staff there was so helpful and explained the different things to look at and where to go. I was really shocked how beautiful and peaceful it was at night. This is a great way to send a few hours.

Thank Gabrielle S
Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a pleasant morning at this historic Observatory. Of importance to note is that you are free to roam the grounds and visitor center but you can only access the buildings with your tour guide. We arrived at the 10am opening and saw the sun through a telescope but then we had to sit around until the 11am Pluto... More 

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austin tx
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The staff were all so helpful and enthusiastic. They seemed to know their subject very well. The history of Pluto began here at Lowell Observatory. Several educational opportunities to choose from.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lowell Observatory was a great stop for taking a break in the middle of our long road trip. I thought the admission ($58) was a bit high for two adults and two college students, but then we learned that we could purchase a family membership for $60 that would also give us admission several other science museums we plan... More 

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