The Griffith Observatory is a public observatory located on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. Since opening in 1935, it has been a world leader in public astronomy and has an extensive array of space and science-related displays. This southern California icon offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore and the best views of Los Angeles. Admission is always free and you can drive directly up to the observatory and park in its lots and roads.

Griffith Observatory


"If all mankind could look through that telescope, it would change the world!” — Griffith J. Griffith


Fun Facts

  • It has a close view of the Hollywood Sign.
  • Admission has been free since opening in 1935.
  • During World War II it was used to train pilots in celestial navigation.
  • The building combines Greek and Beaux-Arts influences.


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