Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles

One of the most popular tourist destinations here in Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory, located high up in the hills above Hollywood.  Since opening in 1935, over 76 million visitors have enjoyed this L.A. treasure.

Tours of Hollywood Griffith Observatory

Einstein inside the main exhibition hall.

Here’s just a few things to do at this amazing venue.  For more information, and updated calendar, visit the Griffith Observatory website:

The Exhibits at Griffith Observatory

Sparking imagination and inquiry through exposure to the awe and wonder inherent in astronomy is the goal of the new Griffith Observatory exhibit program. Each visitor is cast in the role of an observer and provided with opportunities to see and do real observing in authentic environments. By exploring fundamental questions – what do we observe, how do we observe it, and why it is important – the exhibits prompt visitors to ponder their own relationship with the universe.

Tours of L.A. and Griffith Observatory

Movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” have been filmed at Griffith Observatory.

Samuel Oschin Planetarium

With its spectacular Zeiss star projector, laser digital projection system, state-of-the-art aluminum dome, comfy seats, sound system, and theatrical lighting, the 290-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium theater is the finest planetarium in the world. Every show is presented by a live, engaging storyteller.

Things to do in Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory

Some of the best views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.

Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater

The 190-seat Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater offers a variety of programs. The opening public presentation – “The Once and Future Griffith Observatory” – is a 24-minute film which weaves the history, recent renovation, and future of the Observatory into a tale of observation and inspiration. The theater also hosts lectures, presentations, and demonstrations.

Seating for all events in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon is provided on a walk-in, first come, first served basis. Door generally open 10-15 minutes before a program begins. To the extent possible, shows will be presented on the posted schedule. However, it is possible that technical difficulties or required maintenance will cause the cancellation of one or more shows. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Almost all programs are free.

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