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Is that a Meteorite?

What is showing in the Samuel Oschin PlanetariumCentered in the UniverseLight of the ValkyriesWater is LifeBe sure to see one of the Observatory's four exciting, live programs!Time's UpShows are presented every 60-90 minutes when the building is open.FOTO Members Only! Reserve Samuel Oschin Planetarium Tickets


Shuttle to the Hollywood Sign

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing
Observatory Lawn, Sidewalks and Terraces
2:07-4:39 p.m.
Free Admission
(Live webcast online from 2:00-4:45 p.m.)

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Public Star Party
Observatory Sidewalks and Terraces
2:00-9:45 p.m.
Free Admission

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Sunset Walk and Talk
(with Park Ranger and Museum Guide)
Start at Observatory West Terrace,
then walk up to Berlin Forest and return
4:40-5:40 p.m.
Free Admission

Friday, November 7, 2014
All Space Considered
Monthly Astronomy Update
Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Free Admission

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Veteran's Day Holiday
Observatory Building OPEN

For other activities, please click here to view the Calendar.


On October 8, 2014, Griffith Observatory broadcast the entire total lunar eclipse. Relive the amazing experience on our Griffith TV page, including a one-minute time-lapse film of the whole event!

Dr. Krupp was interviewed recently by the online science magazine Nautilus about how people use astronomy. The interview is broken up into 10 "questions" which are each played one at a time.



Free public telescopes viewing is available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear.


Open Tuesday-Friday 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.
Open Saturday-Sunday  10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed on all Mondays  

Griffith Park inbound gates close each evening at 10:00 p.m. If you are being picked up by a cab or friend, please make sure they are in the park before 10:00 p.m.

Griffith Observatory is located at:
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800
(323) 661-8269 TTY (hearing impaired)
Click here for a map showing how to get to the Observatory

The address above can be entered into GPS or mapping programs to get directions to the Observatory.

Tickets for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium
We currently offer a selection of four live shows scheduled every 60 to 90 minutes each day the Observatory is open. Show tickets may be purchased ONLY at the Observatory, only for that day's shows. Tickets are available at the main ticket counter inside or at automated ticket machines around the building. No advance purchases or phone transactions are possible, though members of Friends Of The Observatory may make advance reservations. (Click here for information on joining and to learn how Friends Of The Observatory supports Griffith Observatory). Children under 5 are admitted ONLY to the first show each day. Tickets for each show are sold until 10 minutes before the listed start time of that show, unless tickets have been sold out prior to that time. Once you have purchased planetarium tickets, there will be NO refunds (unless the show is canceled). You must be in line for your show at least 10 minutes before the show time printed on your ticket. There will be building announcements as a reminder, but you are ultimately responsible for being on time. There will be absolutely no late admission to the theater. Once the doors have closed, the show is underway and must not be interrupted. If you must leave the theater during the show, you cannot be readmitted.

Be Aware of Greek Theatre Traffic
The Greek Theatre season runs from April-October.  Heavy traffic on concert nights may affect how quickly you are able to reach the Observatory. A northbound lane on Vermont Avenue is always open for Observatory traffic to bypass those trying to park at the Greek. For the schedule of Greek Theatre shows, please click here.

Admission and Parking Are Free
Those wishing to visit Griffith Observatory may drive up to the Observatory and park in the parking lot or on the adjacent roads. No shuttles are required. Admission to the Observatory building and grounds is FREE! Advance reservations are not needed (or possible). For more information on how to visit, click here.

Mobile Phone Reception Spotty at Observatory
Please be aware that most mobile phones seem to have difficulty getting a clear signal while in and around the Observatory. This appears to be more of an issue for voice calls than for data reception.

Weekend Public Bus Service
The DASH Weekend Observatory Shuttle (operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation) operates every Saturday and Sunday, except holidays, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station to the Observatory. There is NO parking available in or around the Metro station. For more information, click here.

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