Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff
Categories: Observatories, Museums
Some of the most important astronomical discoveries in history have been made at Lowell Observatory. Established in 1894, it is one the oldest observatories in the United States. Among other instruments, it is the home of the original, 19th-century Clark telescope and the famous astrograph used for discovering Pluto in 1930. During the day, the solar telescope allows you to take a close look at the sun, while at night you can view the stars, the moon, and the planets. Some programs might not be available at the time of your visit, due to weather conditions. The observatory is located at an altitude of 2,194 m (7,200 ft) and the sun can be very bright during the daytime while nights can be pretty cold, so don’t forget to bring sunscreen and dress in layered clothes. Arrange your visit to Lowell Observatory and discover more family-friendly attractions in Flagstaff using our Flagstaff trip itinerary maker.
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Visited with our two NAU students. Though we did not take a tour, we found the views of Flagstaff wonderful. There are fun walking paths complete with the history of discovery of our stars. Some up an... read more »
We were unable to use the telescopes due to it being very cloudy, but the presentations we sat through were excellent. I encourage everyone to visit this site.
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We went at night to star gaze. We went to each of the talks. The campus is beautiful and well kept price was just right.
Sarah Jean Kutzler
It's a really great and neat place for those even vaguely interested in astronomy. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. My daughter just turned 11 and we came up from Phoenix to go here for her birthday. My only issue with it is they are limited in staff so sometimes it can be hard to find someone to answer your questions adequately. Also, sometimes the tours run long and then you miss the start of the next one. Or if you can't/don't want to be there all day, you have to choose between seeing certain things/tours. Really neat place, a little steep in price for what is offered, though. They do offer veteran's discount though, we appreciated that.
Amazing, found it by fluke when I had a spare day and such a wealth of information here. Great for 3 hours or so and they have done lots with it, a real gem. If you have any interest in this kind of thing, even if you don't, definitely worth a visit! Loved it, the story or finding Pluto is just so good.
Taylor was our tour guide. He did a fantastic job. He was very enthusiastic and informative. We ended up coming back at night to look through the telescope. They had 3 different telescopes set up and moved them to different objects of cloud coverage covered something up. We ended up seeing a star cluster, jupiter, mars and Saturn.
One needs to bear in mind that this place is first and foremost a research facility. Don't expect awesome exhibits or really great tour guides. In fact, I wouldn't recommend this for families with small children. The interactive exhibit in the visitor center is big on flashy touch screens but the content is best suited for older kids. That being said if you are a sky nerd then you will probably love this place and the staff really knows there stuff! The stargazing events are really cool if you like big telescopes and talking details.
Lowell observatory, a birthplace of Pluto, is a must visit place in Flagstaff. We went there around 6 pm and stayed until 10 pm. The staff was friendly and very informative. We attended a lecture on discovery of pluto, and went on to see Jupiter and a newly formed star cluster through their powerful telescopes. I would recommend to carry warm clothes as it gets chilly late evening and you have to wait outside to access telescopes.
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