Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is a public observatory, owned by the city of Los Angeles, located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. The observatory will delight astronomers both young and old thanks to its interactive telescopes and educative space and science exhibits. Even if you’re not a science buff, a visit is worth it alone for the views across Los Angeles and coming here for sunset is highly recommended.

Shows

Visitors are welcome to explore the observatory at their own pace hopping from one space display to the next, exploring the night sky as you go. For a more in-depth insight into our solar system, the observatory runs eight to ten live shows each day in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and the Leonard Nimoy Horizon Theatre. Check the website in advance to see if there’s any special events or monthly programmes running.

Admission

General admission here is always free, but there’s a small charge to attend the planetarium shows. The observatory can be directly accessed by car, and the large parking lot makes for easy parking. Bus tours also run from the centre of LA and the DASH Observatory Public bus leaves form the sunset Metro Red Line station at regular intervals.