Skip to main content
  1. Travel
  2. Budget Travel

Free in Los Angeles: The Griffith Observatory

See also

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


Today's top buzz...

  • Apps
    An aggressive public relations campaign is essential for new apps released each week
    8 Photos
  • Paul McCartney
    Take a look inside the Paul McCartney Out There tour soundcheck in Lincoln, Nebraska
    20 Photos
  • Parmesan crusted burger
    The burger makes a statement with its overflow of melted swiss cheese over a hot beef patty
    6 Photos
  • Marvel Comics news
    Marvel Comics news: 'Avengers NOW' with Falcon as Cap, and the new film schedule
    5 Photos
  • Using metalic paint
    Metallic paint can be used to refinish furniture or to create the illusion of a larger space
    5 Photos
  • Jacob Coker
    We are counting down our top 25 college quarterbacks for 2014
    Football Preview