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Griffith Observatory from the air, March 2006 © Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

LATITUDE = 34° 07' 6.0" north (or 34.11834° N)
LONGITUDE = 118° 18' 1.2" west (or 118.30034° W)
ELEVATION = 1134 ft = 345.5 m

Since opening in 1935, Griffith Observatory has been a world leader in public astronomy, an icon of Los Angeles, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. Visitors can look though a telescope, see a live show in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, explore the exhibits, and enjoy the spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.

Griffith Observatory from the lawn, March 2006 © Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory has been the leader of public astronomy in southern California and around the world since it opened in 1935. More people have looked through Griffith Observatory’s telescope than any other telescope on Earth. In addition, its iconic façade has been featured in more than 300 films and television shows. The Observatory is a Los Angeles landmark and worldwide tourist destination for over a million visitors a year. Our mission, “Griffith Observatory inspires everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky,” is realized each day in the exhibit halls and the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and each night as visitors gaze at the cosmos with their own eyes through the historical 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope or our lawn telescopes.

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Friends Of The Observatory

Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO) is Griffith Observatory’s essential partner, a member-based support organization. Founded in 1978 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, FOTO’s members, employees, volunteers and Board of Directors work to ensure that Griffith Observatory has the resources to Inspire the Future, One Imagination at a Time. FOTO supports Griffith Observatory and its mission of being a vital community and international centerpiece of learning, discovery, and inspiration about astronomy.

Griffith Observatory Guide Marvin Vargas and Assistant Park Services Attendant Aleazar Arragon-Torres create their own public eclipse with flashlight and spheres while the sun, moon, and earth manage the same enterprise in the sky.


Full-time and part-time employees work at Griffith Observatory. ALL Observatory staff are employees of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks, which is an equal opportunity employer. Open positions are advertised on the Observatory's website.

Media vehicles take the high ground at Griffith Observatory for an early evening press conference on Wednesday, 9 May 2007.

Media Inquiries

The Observatory is prepared to assist credentialed members of the media.

Ultimate Cake Off

Rental Events

The Observatory occasionally permits outside organizations to use our facilities for some purpose aligned with the Observatory’s astronomical and civic mission. That said, the Observatory is not an event facility nor do we have an event staff. Mondays are the only possible days for rental events. In addition to schedule availability, any proposed rental events must demonstrate a distinct and clear relevance to the Observatory’s mission.

Rebel without a Cause, 1955, planetarium show, James Dean

Commercial Filming and Photography

Griffith Observatory has a long heritage of commercial filming and photography. Because we are open six days a week, 10-12 hours a day serving the public, we are only able to schedule filming or photography at times (almost exclusively Mondays) which do not disrupt public operation or other scheduled Observatory activities. That makes advance planning critical. The sooner you contact us, the more planning you have done, and the faster you can provide requested information, the better able we may be to help you.

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Griffith Park

Given to the City of Los Angeles in 1896 by Griffith J. Griffith, Griffith Park now has over 4,210 acres of both natural chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas, making it the largest municipal park with urban wilderness area in the United States. Situated in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range, the Park’s elevations range from 384 to 1,625 feet above sea level. Over the years recreational attractions have been developed throughout the Park, including numerous family attractions, an assortment of educational and cultural institutions, and miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, all providing visitors an ideal environment for enjoyable recreation.

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Department of Recreation and Parks

The Department of Recreation and Parks is the most comprehensive social service agency in the City of Los Angeles. The Department establishes, operates and maintains hundreds of parks, 187 recreation centers, 61 swimming pools, 11 lakes, 12 public golf courses, more than a dozen museums and historic sites (including Griffith Observatory), 7 youth camps, and tennis courts, sports programs, and programs for senior citizens. It also supervises construction of new facilities and improvements to existing ones.