Griffith Observatory

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10 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

Take advantage of the many free features inside the observatory including a working tesla coil, an interactive solar system display, and, on clear evenings, free public telescopes. Full review →



This 72-year-old Greek Revival landmark on a hilltop in Griffith Park is one of L.A.'s most recognizable icons, forever enshrined in the zeitgeist by the movie Rebel Without a Cause.



High on a hillside overlooking the city, the Griffith Observatory is one of the most celebrated icons of Los Angeles. Full review →


Frommer's 33

Made world-famous in the film Rebel Without a Cause, Griffith Observatory's bronze domes have been Hollywood Hills landmarks since 1935. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Its planetarium boasts the world’s most advanced star projector, and astronomical displays touch on the evolution of the telescope, and the ultraviolet x-rays used to map our solar system. Full review →


Michelin Guide 54

From a promontory on the south slope of 1,625ft Mt. Hollywood, Griffith Park's highest peak, this Art Deco observatory (1935) was donated by Col. Griffith at a cost of $255,780. Full review →


Not For Tourists

Get your science on. Full review →


On the Grid

The Griffith Observatory is one of the best places to see the sunset, the Hollywood sign or observe the night sky. Full review →


Time Out Tick Critics' Choice

"If every person could look through that telescope," declared Griffith J Griffith, "it would revolutionize the world". Full review →


Travel + Leisure

Los Angeles institution, the Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with the mission of “inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.” Full review →

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