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Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, California 90027 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Sat 10a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

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Our Take

This beautiful observatory building in the Hollywood Hills is a mecca for science lovers and film buffs alike (and also fans of GTA V). Its myriad of exhibits, including a Tesla coil, a Foucault Pendulum, and a giant telescope among others, are totally free to the public... and the countless number of projects filmed here (including, most famously, "Rebel Without a Cause") add to the interest. The stellar views of the city don't hurt, either.

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“See the stars in this unique Observatory”

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.  Griffith Observatory's unique architecture and setting, compelling programmatic offerings, and cinematic exposure have made it one of the most famous and visited landmarks in southern California. Tens of millions have come to walk the inside of the building, view the live planetarium shows, or simply gaze out towards the coast and the heavens. This cultural and scientific icon owes its existence to the dream of one man, Griffith Jenkins Griffith, and to the dedicated scientists and public servants who worked to fulfill his vision of making astronomy and observation accessible to all.

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Reviewed by
spookyamd

  • 28 Reviews
  • 69 Helpful
June 06, 2014

I love this place! Free admission, incredible views, and science! Be sure to catch the short movie about the observatory with Leonard Nimoy, watch the sunset on the patio with a cup of coffee, and peer through the giant telescope after dark.

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Anna Hider

  • Blogger
  • 1,408 Reviews
  • 548 Helpful
April 29, 2014

At night, the line to use the big telescope is SUPER long, so get there early if you're set on that. Or you can amuse yourself with one of the smaller ones which are still awesome. Also, it's basically free, which I love.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sacae

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

Closed on Mondays. DOES have free wifi. Great views!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
big_john

  • 58 Reviews
  • 50 Helpful
October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is one place to go and see the beauty from above! Without any entrance fee you will be able to become one with the telescope and explore what happens above the earth...among the stars!

Very educational, but so worth it. If you are afraid of the heights I would not recommend it.

The Planetarium Show is fantastic to see and the views from up there just one in a million!!

Do not miss it!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Luisa

  • 332 Reviews
  • 181 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

On a clear day you can see almost the entire city (including the Hollywood sign!) from up here. Going up right before sunset is apparently pretty spectacular.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

  • Road Warrior
  • 273 Reviews
  • 275 Helpful
September 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

I loved visiting the Griffith Park observatory when I traveled to L.A. Along the drive up to the observatory you get some great views of the Hollywood sign, and once you get to the top you get an amazing panorama of the Los Angeles area. The observatory itself is also pretty cool, and included a huge telescope that you can wait in line to use.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,169 Reviews
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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

In the game "Grand Theft Auto VI" this is the Los Santos Observatory, located on Verdant Bluffs. In real-life there's no major gang activity to speak of, and no safe houses. This place is super easy to visit in real-life as it’s modeled after Griffith Observatory, a popular tourist attraction in L.A. with loads of spacey and sciencey stuffs.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 781 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is where the Terminator crash lands at Griffith Park Observatory. It was also featured in Grand Theft Auto V.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
elg5131

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 09, 2014

Great view of the Hollywood sign.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Casey

  • 14 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 15, 2020
Rated 5.0

Amazing place! Totally free, great views, awesome exhibits...10/10! The parking lot gets packed extremely fast, so either arrive early or plan on parking along the street and hiking up. Bring water because the LA heat will get you.

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Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, California
90027 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Good for cultural-travelers. Has a historic vibe.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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