Griffith Observatory Los Angeles
Where is it at?
2800 East Observatory Road
Tel: (213) 473-0800
Where are we going today?
Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. Sparking imagination and inquiry through exposure to the awe and wonder inherent in astronomy is the goal of the new Griffith Observatory exhibit program. Each visitor is cast in the role of an observer and provided with opportunities to see and do real observing in authentic environments.
By exploring fundamental questions: what do we observe, how do we observe it, and why it is important ? the exhibits prompt visitors to ponder their own relationship with the universe.The Hall of the Eye illustrates the nature and progress of human observation of the sky and the tools used for that exploration. This exhibit gallery focuses on how people have observed the sky and the often profound impact those observations have had on people and society. There are lots of exhibits that the kids can get their hands on and play with. We literally had to drag our kids out as they didn't want to leave. Also lots of great fun classroom events with engaging and humorous science teachers such as the 'make a comet' workshop. Highly recommended.
When can we go?
Weekdays (Tuesday-Friday): Open 12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m. Weekends from 10.00am
Teacher Resources on our website provide information to help coordinate your classroom activities with the content presented during the fifth grade student field trip program and help your students get the most out of their visit to Griffith Observatory..
Cafe on site with hot and cold food.Eating only allowed in certain areas..
Some healthy eating options are available..
Any Top Tips?
Visitors may drive directly to Griffith Observatory and park in its parking lot or on the adjacent roads. As always, there is no admission charge to enter the Observatory building and no reservation is required to visit.Visitors don't need to enter Griffith Observatory to become observers; the exterior of the building offers a mix of compelling favorites and new features to draw the eye and imagination..
Need a little extra help?
The Observatory has designated disabled parking spaces for those with official plates and/or placards. To access these spaces, please approach the checkpoint in the parking lot and speak with the traffic staff. Disabled access shuttles coming to the Observatory will be passed through at all times (even when the parking lot is full) and will drop off at the horseshoe driveway in front of the building. Such shuttles may not park at the Observatory..
Can I get one of those?
Gift shop with lots of souvenirs on site..
What people are saying?
"Educational and fun!"
by Carolinep on Apr 04th, 2013
Great fun for all the family, our two kids aged 6 and 9 had a great time, lots of interactive hands on exhibits, and the how to make a comet talk/demonstration was awesome, they learnt loads and had a lot of fun doing it, great for all ages!