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Date posted: 01/10/2013

Visit Griffith Observatory in Hollywood!

Have you visited Griffith Observatory yet? If you are staying in hotels near Hollywood CA, the museum is a great educational stop if you have a few hours in the late afternoon or evening. The observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, one of Southern California’s most popular attractions and a leader nationwide in public astronomy. It is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, and has a spectacular view of the city.

The mission of Griffith Observatory is to inspire the public to observe, ponder, and understand the sky. Admission to the observatory is free. There are several special shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium that charge $3-$7 for all shows. With a Zeiss star projector, laser digital system, aluminum dome, comfy seats, sound system and theatrical lighting, the planetarium is definitely worth a visit. Current shows include Centered in the Universe: a cosmic exploration, Water is Life: the search for water and life beyond Earth, Light of the Valkyries: a journey through the wonders of the northern lights, and Time’s Up: about the future beyond 2012. For more information on planetarium shows, click here.

Griffith Observatory

Parking is free in front of the observatory, or along the roads below. The DASH weekend Observatiry Shuttle operates on Saturdays and Sundays except holidays between 10am and 10pm from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station to the Observatory. For more information, click here.

Free public star parties are held every month with the support of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers at the observatory from 2pm to 9:45pm. Families are invited to look at the sun, moon, planets and other cosmic objects using a variety of telescopes and talk to knowledgeable astronomers about the sky and their equipment. Viewings must be completed by 9:45pm so that the observatory can close at 10pm. Public star party dates for 2013 are: January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 7.

Hope you take some time to visit Griffith Observatory during your stay in Los Angeles!

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