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Free in Los Angeles: The Griffith Observatory

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Open to the public everyday but Monday, the Griffith Observatory was one of the first public observatories in the United States. Originally, built in 1930s using money from a grant by a wealthy mining speculator, Griffith J. Griffith. He believed that a person became enlightened when they had a chance to look at the skies. The Griffith Observatory also has an amazing planetarium, which was used by the original Apollo Astronauts when they were training to go into space.

Between 1930 and 2002 the Griffith Observatory had millions of visitors, causing the Observatory to need a $93-million renovation project. Having completed a massive renovation and expansion in 2006, The Griffith Observatory makes learning about astronomy and science accessible to everyone. They updated the planetarium to include a new dome, seats, and projectors.

The Griffith Observatory also houses more than 60 exhibits on everything from astronomy through the years to a Foucault pendulum and a Tesla Coil. At night they allow guest to view the stars through one of the various telescopes on the property and see breathtaking views of the city.

Most of the observatory's features are free to the public but some of the shows or special events do have a fee.


The Griffith Observatory


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