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Griffith Observatory

Planetarium, Scenic Lookout, and Science Museum
2800 E Observatory Ave (at Griffith Park), Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Closed until Noon tomorrow (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!"(34 Tips)
    Alesha D.
    "Best views of LA and the perfect way to end a night!"(28 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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  • Alejandro L.

    The best view of LA.

    Alejandro Llano · 4 days ago
  • ChezBlackstar

    It's free so come one , come all! Remember to park along the road as its closer parking is paid. Great view of the Hollywood sign!

    ChezBlackstar · 6 days ago
  • Ricardo L.

    If you're on a visit at L.A. is a wonderful sightseeing of the city!!

    Ricardo Luciano · 1 week ago
  • Tolga S.

    Too crowded , difficult to find Parking space . Nice view and museum .

    Tolga S · 2 weeks ago
  • Trish

    My favorite place in Los Angeles. Hands down.

    Trish · 2 weeks ago
  • Arpita J.

    Amazing view, nice trails, good scientific stuff. For trails visit during day time and to get a amazing view of LA city in night. Don't forget to take your love one's along 😉

    Arpita Jain · 2 weeks ago
  • Edward T.

    Don't leave LA without a trip here. The best views and interesting place to be. A++++

    Edward Teddy · January 7
  • Staff Picks

    Head over to the Griffith Observatory for All Space Considered, a discussion panel on everything from water on Mars to sky reports. The best part: it's free! Fri, 1/8, 7:30pm, free. Read more

    Staff Picks · January 7
  • Michelle Z.

    You can see the hollywood sign from here but when you go to take a picture you cant see it in the picture lol

    Michelle Zoltan · January 6
  • sabler

    It's almost cliche to say it at this point, but the view of LA is fantastic no matter how many times you see it.

    sabler · January 6
  • Katia K.

    Free admissions, amazing views

    Katia Kolodeznikova · December 30, 2015
  • Julie H.

    Everything with outer space.

    Julie Hendon · December 30, 2015
  • Alex T.

    Beautiful view, walking to the place is better downhill than up

    Alex Turner · December 30, 2015
  • Marty O.

    Awesome views

    Marty O. · December 27, 2015
  • Brandon L.

    One of the best views of LA hands down!

    Brandon Lee · December 27, 2015
  • Staff Picks

    Snag tickets to see Chet Faker in LA. Hear his woozy, jazz-inflected electronic soul music live at the Observatory as he promotes his debut album, Built on Glass, released last April. Mon, 12/28. Read more

    Staff Picks · December 23, 2015
  • Carla C.

    I love this place! It's fun for a date, for families or even to go by yourself.

    Carla Chadwick · December 20, 2015
  • Alberto J S M.

    Love to walk around and take pictures of the city

    Alberto J S Moreau D · December 17, 2015
  • Kevin T.

    The view of Los Angeles and Hollywood from up here is amazing, but don't forget to walk inside the observatory for the main attraction. The Griffith Observatory houses some great, must see exhibits!

    Kevin To · December 16, 2015
  • kyle r.

    Cool place at dusk. Nice sunset and city view. Free. Lots of trails.

    kyle root · December 10, 2015
  • Kevin S.

    Beautiful building, beautiful view of LA and the sunset, free science exhibit with a lot to explore, great hikes around it. Must stop here.

    Kevin Skobac · December 9, 2015
  • Daniel Patrick S.

    Beautiful views of the Los Angeles.

    Daniel Patrick Simmons · December 9, 2015
  • Charles T S.

    Iconic LA Landmark. Don't miss visiting!!!!!

    Charles T Sebesta · December 8, 2015
  • Sal

    Great views of Hollywood sign and the perfect place to appreciate how ginormous is LA

    Sal · November 28, 2015
  • cansu u.

    We had chance to see the tiny venus

    cansu ugurlu · November 12, 2015
  • Jéssica T.

    closed on Mondays :(

    Jéssica Thedoc · November 10, 2015
  • Paul S.

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

    Paul Smith · October 29, 2015
  • AWILL T.

    Bring a camera!!

    AWILL TRAXX · October 29, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Andrey K.

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

    Andrey Klesov · October 18, 2015
  • Candice R.

    Beautiful view of the city of LA

    Candice Rose · October 14, 2015
  • Gloria A.

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

    Gloria A · October 12, 2015
  • Gina E.

    Come with time to see everything 😁

    Gina Estrada · October 12, 2015
  • Alex C.

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

    Alex Chen · October 10, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Alex K.

    Take your out of town friends here instead of Hollywood

    Alex Kalinin · October 4, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Danny T.

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

    Danny Trejo · September 24, 2015
  • Vanessa C.

    Fun and interesting exhibits

    Vanessa Cardona · September 18, 2015
  • Vanessa C.

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

    Vanessa Cardona · September 18, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Keith W.

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

    Keith Williams · September 12, 2015
  • Connor D.

    Beautiful views, amazing hike to get there.

    Connor Delaney · September 7, 2015
  • Mary S.

    Great view of the city. Worth the drive

    Mary S · August 25, 2015
  • Ben V.

    One of the best view in LA

    Ben Villoz · August 25, 2015
  • Jonathan M.

    Good for a stroll with family or date

    Jonathan Mora · August 19, 2015
  • Matei P.

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

    Matei P. · August 18, 2015
  • rianna e.

    Great views of LA at night!

    rianna engel · August 18, 2015

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