Griffith Observatory

Planetarium, Scenic Lookout, and Science Museum
2800 E Observatory Ave (at Griffith Park), Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Fri
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
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Griffith Observatory is sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in L.A.'s Griffith Park. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an extensive array of space and science-related displays.


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    Diego W.
    "You can have a great view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign!"(31 Tips)
    Alesha D.
    "Best views of LA and the perfect way to end a night!"(24 Tips)
    Steve S.
    "Centered in the Universe planetarium show is a must!"(13 Tips)
    Go Find Alice
    "Amazing night view of the entire city!"(8 Tips)
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  • scenic views
  • hollywood sign
  • hiking
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  • trails
  • architecture
  • landmarks
  • museums
  • picnics
  • good for dates
  • free admission
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  • rooftop
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  • cansu u.

    We had chance to see the tiny venus

    cansu ugurlu · 1 week ago
  • Jéssica T.

    closed on Mondays :(

    Jéssica Thedoc · 2 weeks ago
  • Paul S.

    Great views of the city and Hollywood sign. Parking is a bear so get there early.

    Paul Smith · 3 weeks ago
  • AWILL T.

    Bring a camera!!

    AWILL TRAXX · 3 weeks ago
  • Steve J.

    Top of the world, Ma! There's so many reasons to visit the Observatory - you might forget it's a museum, or a breathtaking way to see Los Angeles, or a place to hike, or a popular movie location.

    Steve Johnston · October 27
  • Trent R.

    Great place to spend an afternoon, then choose one of the many walking tracks back down to the park.

    Trent Ripper · October 26
  • Andrey K.

    Come early on the sunny day to enjoy the sunset and Hollywood sign view

    Andrey Klesov · October 18
  • Candice R.

    Beautiful view of the city of LA

    Candice Rose · October 14
  • Gloria A.

    The view is amazing! Specially in the night. All the city lights!

    Gloria A · October 12
  • Gina E.

    Come with time to see everything 😁

    Gina Estrada · October 12
  • Alex C.

    Beautiful architecture. Hopefully you can catch LA on a less smoggy day.

    Alex Chen · October 10
  • Andee F.

    Being able to see the particles/rays falling through our atmosphere with your own eyes in the new basement blows my friggin mind. It's amazing.

    Andee Fonder · October 8
  • Alex K.

    Take your out of town friends here instead of Hollywood

    Alex Kalinin · October 4
  • ZenFoodster Eats

    Yrs of lovely, romantic moments here :) #1 spot for the most spectacular views of LA! Go watch the sunset, visit Planetarium, & see the stars w/ the lawn telescopes instead of lining up 4 Zeiss.

    ZenFoodster Eats · October 3
  • Danny T.

    Great place to take your child and learn. Also great view of LA.

    Danny Trejo · September 24
  • Vanessa C.

    Fun and interesting exhibits

    Vanessa Cardona · September 18
  • Vanessa C.

    You learn alot about astronomy and you experience some pretty cool stuff.

    Vanessa Cardona · September 18
  • Chris C.

    Parking's a pain in the ass, if you can, take a bus over and walk up otherwise come early. Definitely see the sunset and the shows in the planetarium are absolutely breathtaking, really cheap too!

    Chris Cookson · September 15
  • C B.

    Absolutely loved being here. Beautiful views and great exhibits. Hike the trails nearby and watch the sunset. Bring a flashlight

    C Bailey · September 15
  • Keith W.

    Amazing view if you are in LA you got to stop here

    Keith Williams · September 12
  • Connor D.

    Beautiful views, amazing hike to get there.

    Connor Delaney · September 7
  • Mary S.

    Great view of the city. Worth the drive

    Mary S · August 25
  • Ben V.

    One of the best view in LA

    Ben Villoz · August 25
  • Jonathan M.

    Good for a stroll with family or date

    Jonathan Mora · August 19
  • Matei P.

    Beautiful building. Beautiful views. Take your kids. Watch the shows.

    Matei P. · August 18
  • rianna e.

    Great views of LA at night!

    rianna engel · August 18
  • Anna Q.

    Its nice if ur really crazy about science... But on a hot day like this.. Id rather stay home

    Anna Quinto · August 15
  • Sara A.

    A must visit, the view is amazing and so much cool scientific stuff and shows.

    Sara AlNasser · August 12
  • Alex M.

    Best view of LA.

    Alex Malov · August 10
  • Henrique P.

    One hour wait for the shuttle. Small and long lines. Don't take it. Walk 1 mile up hill.

    Henrique Pinto · August 10
  • Henrique P.

    Walk to the observatory if you have to. Don't take the shuttle. 1h wait to get there. Walking would be just 20min. The bus is small and the line is long.

    Henrique Pinto · August 10
  • Julia S.

    Super crowded on Saturday but nice hiking paths

    Julia Seaman · August 4
  • Marisa M.

    Great view

    Marisa Moran · July 29
  • Charley T.

    The people working inside are especially friendly and knowledgeable. Make sure to ask them questions and watch them show off exhibits!

    Charley Todd · July 29
  • The Standard

    A blanket of twinkling city lights at your feet

    The Standard · July 24
  • Edzel R.

    Loved this place

    Edzel Rebamontan · July 20
  • Bruno S.

    You should come to Griffith! The view is amazing!

  • Douglas C.

    Great place for the kids and adults alike~ great learning experience~

    Douglas Chun · July 14
  • Cassie X.

    Incredible views, especially at the golden hour. The drive up was breathtaking.

    Cassie Xie · July 13
  • Bérenger

    A good view of LA and Hollywood sign. The content of the exhibits could be much better

    Bérenger · July 13
  • Aline C.

    Great view!

    Aline Chi · July 4
  • Food52

    Free admission and gorgeous views make this the perfect spot for a picnic lunch, whether you picked something up from a food truck or packed yours from home. Read more

    Food52 · June 22
  • Venkatramreddy D.

    Everyone should visit this one, if come.for los angeles

  • Cliff V.

    Just passing through

    Cliff Vaniman · June 19
  • Ashley P.

    Cool place to learn about astronomy. Good view of the Hollywood sign but definitely not the best and you have to wait in a long line to get up there.

    Ashley Pitcock · June 17
  • James Z.

    Great view of the city!

    James Zamora · June 11
  • Néstor

    Beware on sunny days or bank holidays, it can get crowded and the walk from the "extra parking" can be 20 or more minutes. However the views are great. I thought the hollywood sign was bigger.

    Néstor · June 11
  • Aidana K.

    We spent there a wonderful time last Saturday! There were gorgeous and breathtaking views from the roof) parking is terrible though! But will be going again for sure!😍😍😍

    Aidana Kozhoeva · June 10
  • Karl F.

    It's a historic landmark and a great place to learn about science

    Karl Forbin · May 30
  • Samuel J.

    Come take the same picture for Instagram as every other visitor to the east side of LA!

    Samuel Jackson · May 29

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