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.