Griffith Park Observatory

View the stars, above the land of stars, at the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles. This famous landmark is open for daytime viewing (which lets you also look out onto the entire Los Angeles basin) and nighttime enjoyment.

Griffith Park Observatory: A Window to the Stars

Industrialist and philanthropist Griffith J. Griffith said, “If every person could look through that telescope, it would revolutionize the world.” Mr. Griffith died in 1919, but his vision for humanity is still alive at the Griffith Park Observatory. At the Griffith Park Observatory, which opened in 1935, Los Angeles residents and tourists look out to the stars and imagine something better. Through a 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope, the public comes together to stare at space and wonder about our place in the world and beyond.

One of the United States’ Most Famous Landmarks

The Griffith Park Observatory is an iconic building that houses several galleries and exhibits. Inside, visitors explore the Hall of the Eye and Hall of the Sky, a set of displays that compliment each other and allow one to think about the relationship between man and the sky. The Foucault pendulum that sits in the entryway, beneath a famous Hugo Ballin mural painted on the main rotunda, draws guests in and begins the process of amazement that continues into the Cosmic Connection Corridor and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater.

After a visit to the Griffith Park Observatory, some travelers like to head down the hill and visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame.