Turning Visitors Into Observers

From daily Samuel Oschin Planetarium shows and public telescope observing to monthly and special events, Griffith Observatory has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking at the sky, the exhibits, or the Hollywood Sign, we can help you be an observer.

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Griffith Observatory is closed today

Monday, July 22, 2024

Local Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Sunset – 8:02 p.m.

When to Visit

Weekday (Tuesday - Friday) Hours
Open 12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m.

Weekend (Saturday - Sunday) Hours
Open 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Closed Monday

Enjoy a Show

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.

Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater

Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater

The 190-seat Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater dramatically expands the Observatory's programming and education capabilities. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon realizes an unfulfilled intention of the Observatory's original architects to have a second theater to complement the planetarium.

Explore the Observatory

A boy looks through a telescope at Griffith Observatory.

Daily Programs

Whether you experience the universe in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, observe the sky through a telescope, explore the exhibits, listen to a talk about the Tesla Coil, or pose with the Hollywood Sign, each day there’s something to engage and inspire you at Griffith Observatory.

Einstein statue


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.

Director Dr. E.C. Krupp makes an announcement to a large crowd.


Are you looking for latest discoveries about the universe, what leading astronomers are saying, or when Sun is at its highest point each day? We’ve got you covered. Whether our events are on the lawn, in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon, or online, we’ll make sure you know what’s up in the cosmos.

Explore Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory with the Downton Los Angeles Skyline in the background. Photo by Dhoomil Sheta (https://unsplash.com/photos/dpNyp0OBuiQ)

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!

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Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign has become one of the most recognizable images of Los Angeles and California. Located on a steep hillside in southwestern Griffith Park, it faces toward Hollywood and the Los Angeles Basin, making it visible for miles.

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

Weekday (Tuesday - Friday) Hours
Open 12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m.

Weekend (Saturday - Sunday) Hours
Open 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Closed Monday