Explore the universe for free in the heart of Los Angeles!

Griffith Observatory by day. Photo by Cameron Venti (https://unsplash.com/photos/c5GkEd-j5vI).
Griffith Observatory by night. Photo by Cameron Venti (https://unsplash.com/photos/PiqHSHYO3Uw).

Griffith Observatory is currently closed.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Local Noon – 12:55 p.m.

Sunset – 8:08 p.m.

Explore the Observatory

Samuel Oschin Planetarium at the Griffith Observatory.

Samuel Oschin Planetarium

Travel to the farthest reaches of the universe and into the microscopic building blocks of life. Live presentations immerse you in the wonder and meaning of the cosmos.

A statue of Einstein at the Griffith Observatory. Photo by Crisoforo Gaspar Hernandez (https://unsplash.com/photos/xbFD61FLofk).

Exhibits

People have always looked at the sky and wondered what is really out there. Our 60 exhibits make you an observer and show you what we know.

Griffith Park

The largest urban-wilderness municipal park in the United States, Griffith Park is filled with trails, trees, trains, attractions… and the Hollywood Sign!

A boy looks through a telescope at the Griffith Observatory.

Observing the Sky

Anyone can be an observer, and we are here to help. You may look through our free public telescopes or use our astronomical information to observe from your own backyard. Check out the weekly Sky Report to see what you can observe in Los Angeles.

Programs and Events

A telescope at the Griffith Observatory.

Daily Programs

Live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, live Tesla Coil demonstrations, and your chance to observe with our public telescope observing are offered every day. Check the schedule!

A crowd watches a live science demonstration at the Griffith Observatory.

Recurring Events

Virtual and in-person programs – including public star parties, All Space Considered, and the Sunset Walk-and-Talk – return each month as reliably as the phases of the Moon!

2020 Summer Solstice Line at Sunset.

Special Events

Griffith Observatory reliably connects you to unusual sights in the sky, the changing seasons, visiting astronomers and their latest discoveries, and more.

People on the lawn of the Griffith Observatory. Photo by Jaredd Craig (https://unsplash.com/photos/kgpsPqZUb04).

Planning a Visit? We Can Help!

Located on the south slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory is literally in the center of metropolitan Los Angeles. While public transportation is the easiest way to visit, you may also walk, bike, drive, or take a shared-ride service up to the Observatory. There’s paid parking near the Observatory and free parking downhill. Be sure to plan your visit in advance, because roads and parking get busy.

Upcoming Events

June 20, 2021

Summer Solstice – Local Noon

Join us at local noon to mark the start of Summer!

Online

June 20, 2021

Summer Solstice – Sunset

Join us at sunset to mark the start of Summer!

Online

About the Observatory

Griffith Observatory is southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors may look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800

Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday)
Open 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.

Weekends (Saturday – Sunday)
Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Closed on Mondays