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Griffith Observatory

In a city associated with stars, it is perhaps appropriate that this observatory is one of LA’s most popular attractions, with a focus on our fascinating universe.

The Griffith Observatory is another notable building perched upon the hill which overlooks the city of Angels, with the observatory actually being located adjacent to the iconic Hollywood sign. The Griffith Observatory gives visitors a truly fascinating insight into the universe, along with some light-hearted and entertaining exhibits that make the experience of peering into this extra-terrestrial ether both fun and informative. There is also the opportunity to gaze upon the actual constellations and planets by using the observatory’s telescopes which are fully available to visitors.

First opened in 1935, the Griffith Observatory has become one of the most famous landmarks in Los Angeles, not least because it has appeared in numerous feature films. It is perhaps most famous for appearing in the Arnold Schwarzenegger flick ‘The Terminator’ along with James Dean’s infamous movie ‘Rebel Without a Cause’.

The Griffith Observatory is also famed for its contribution to space exploration. The Apollo astronauts in particular spent a significant amount of time learning about the universe that they would be encountering aboard the space shuttle. As well as 60 space-related exhibits held within the observatory’s walls, the observatory also houses a 300-seat planetarium beneath the Griffith Observation’s central dome. There is also a multimedia theatre which offers a range of educational programmes and activities.

The Zeiss refracting telescope and a range of solar telescopes, housed within the complex allow visitors to scan the skies to try to spot some of the universe’s notable bodies. The observatory also holds monthly star parties which allow you to peer at the moon, stars and other celestial bodies with other space enthusiasts. There are also observatory areas set throughout the grounds to give different vantage points on the universe.

The Griffith Observatory is a fascinating and educational attraction for any Los Angeles visitor, and as well as offering the opportunity to gaze at the stars, the twinkling lights of the city below at night is another spectacular sight to behold. Open five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday, the observatory is generally closed during public holidays. Admission is free.

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