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The Exhibits at Griffith Observatory

Sparking imagination and inquiry through exposure to the awe and wonder inherent in astronomy is the goal of the new Griffith Observatory exhibit program. Each visitor is cast in the role of an observer and provided with opportunities to see and do real observing in authentic environments. By exploring fundamental questions - what do we observe, how do we observe it, and why it is important - the exhibits prompt visitors to ponder their own relationship with the universe.

C & G Partners LLC designed the exhibit program and content between 2000-2006. Maltbie, Inc. fabricated and installed most of the exhibits between 2004-2006. For more information regarding how the exhibit program was conceived and developed, please check out the Exhibit Approach and Major Participants page.

Griffith Observatory's major exhibit areas each focus on a unique aspect of observation. To go to the complete page for each exhibit area, click on the area on the map or use the list at the bottom.

Map of Griffith Observatory Main floor Samuel Oschin Planetarium Samuel Oschin Planetarium - no roof access Wilder Hall of the Eye Ahmanson Hall of the Sky W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda South Gallery Gottlieb Transit Corridor Exhibits on the Lower levels Rebel Without a Cause Monument Solar System Lawn Model East Terrace West Terrace Roof Terrace Promenade Walkway Hollywood Sign Terrace Mt. Wilson Terrace Sunset and Moonset Radial Lines Astronomers Monument and Sundial Zeiss Telescope Coelostat / Solar Telescopes - no roof access

Exhibits on the Main Level, Roof, and Exterior

Samuel Oschin Planetarium South Gallery Gottlieb Transit Corridor
Wilder Hall of the Eye W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda Ahmanson Hall of the Sky
Telescopes Solar System Lawn Model Sunset and Moonset Lines
Roof and Terraces Astronomers Monument and Sundial Rebel Without a Cause Monument
Cosmic Connection Lenard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater Edge of Space Gunther Depths of Space Stellar Emporium Gift Shop Gottlieb Transit Corridor Exhibits on the Historic level and Roof Cafe at the End of the Universe

Exhibits on the Lower Levels

Cosmic Connection Edge of Space Café at the End of the Universe
Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater Gunther Depths of Space Stellar Emporium Gift Shop
  Gottlieb Transit Corridor  

Observatory Floor Plan

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Samuel Oschin Planetarium Wilder Hall of the Eye Ahmanson Hall of the Sky W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda South Gallery Gottlieb Transit Corridor Rebel Without a Cause Monument Solar System Lawn Model Observatory Terraces Observatory Terraces Observatory Terraces Observatory Terraces Promenade Walkway Mt. Wilson Terrace Hollywood Sign Terrace Sunset and Moonset Radial Lines Astronomers Monument and Sundial Zeiss Telescope Telescopes Coelostat Telescope Lower Level Map Cosmic Connection Lenard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater Gunther Depths of Space Edge of Space Stellar Emporium Gift Shop Gottlieb Transit Corridor Stairs to Main Level Cafe at the End of the Universe