The dream of one man, Griffith Jenkins Griffith, and his love for science and astronomy built the legendary Los Angeles attraction the Griffith Observatory. Scan the gorgeous night skies through free public telescopes every open evening. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to answer your questions and help you get the most out of your viewing experience.
Special events abound at the Observatory so be sure to check the schedule online for monthly astronomy updates, “Let’s Make a Comet!” programs, and lunar eclipse viewing events. Take advantage of FREE parking and admission to attend the popular monthly public star parties, assisted by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers.
The Samuel Oschin Planetarium currently offers $7 tickets to three exciting live shows: Centered in the Universe, Water is Life, and Light of the Valkyries. Be on the lookout for special events and shows at the new Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater, now playing “The Once and Future Griffith Observatory.”
If you’re in the mood for a workout, hike any of the trailheads from the Greek Theatre or Fern Dell to get your heartbeat racing before stargazing ensues. Both educational and inspirational in its resources, the Griffith Observatory never fails to leave each visitor in awe of the magic of the universe.
The Observatory hours are Wednesdays through Fridays 12pm-10pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-10pm, and remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.