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Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

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Observatory Museum
Explore the wonders of our solar system and the galaxy at Griffith Observatory. Donated to the city over a century ago, the observatory offers free admission to an array of space and science exhibits, including a nationally recognized planetarium and public telescopes. Situated high on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood, the complex offers views of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean. Secure a spot outside after visiting the observatory to enjoy views of the Hollywood sign or the dramatic coastline. Put Griffith Observatory into our Los Angeles vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Los Angeles.
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  • the best part is the 3d movie --its must. although the telescope is interesting but not always open depends on the weather. the view is special .  more »
  • Just a quick trip inside not much to enjoy for me. But the views of Los Angeles are amazing. We took some very beautiful pictures.  more »
  • The Griffith Observatory is an amazing day time attraction. I went for the first time around 5-6 months ago and it was an amazing. What is one of the coolest parts of this museum is that it has the pe...  more »
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  • One of the best places to visit in LA. Location of Griffith observatory is the key attraction. Clear view of LA and Hollywood sign. Must visit. Tip: Best time to visit 5.30 pm to 9 pm. 4$ per hour parking. Do not miss the Centered in the Universe show it's at 6.15pm on weekdays, that's the only show i would recommend. Stay till 9 to see LA lit. Plus the sunset is worth a shot.
  • Good view of the Hollywood sign. Good view of Los Angeles and the nearby mountains. Nice sunset views. Seems to have some good hiking trails but we didn't try any. It's also free entrance with access to free exhibits and presentations. We didn't watch one but I imagine this would be great for astronomy buffs. Parking is limited and can be a problem if there is an event. We nearly had to park on the road maybe a kilometer away. This might be an issue if you have children as there is no sidewalk and it's pretty much a cliff with rails. Good thing we tried to park again and the event was done. Visited April 2015
  • One of the best places to see the whole city of LA at night together with the HOLLYWOOD sign. Really awesome and fun time we had here. Only downside was having to park really far away from the top so we had to walk around 20 minutes, but still really worth it!
  • Amazing! It's worth coming up here for the views of Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. There's excellent viewing day and night. The museum inside is also very interesting, with a wide variety of exhibits. There's an excellent view of the HOLLYWOOD sign as well
  • Perched atop a hill, this observatory has as much to offer on the inside as it does on the outside. Very interesting exhibits that can educate well read people and enthusiasts alike. Great view of the city and the hollywood hills. Public transport is on a lax schedule, advisable to bring your own vehicle.