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Shows, Telescopes, Exhibits, and More

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.

A boy looks through a telescope at the Griffith Observatory.

Griffith Observatory is open today from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Local Noon – 12:51 p.m.

Sunset – 7:54 p.m.

When to Visit

Weekday (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 – Thursday

Daily Programs

While our most prominent daily programs are the shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, the Observatory offers many other stellar experiences while you visit. During the day, you can see the live image of the Sun on our coelostat (solar telescope) in the Ahmanson Hall of the Sky. Each evening, there are free public telescopes on the roof and lawn for you to observe the night sky. Leonard Nimoy narrates The Once and Future Griffith Observatory movie profiling the Observatory’s history, renovation, and current offerings. You can join our staff for talks about local noon, the Tesla Coil, and The Big Picture, or just walk through the exhibit galleries. Don’t forget to take in the views of Los Angeles, get a bite to eat in the Café at the End of the Universe, or buy a souvenir at the Stellar Emporium. That’s a busy day!

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium

Box Office Schedule for Sunday, May 22, 2022
Show Times Show Tickets on Sale *
10:45 a.m. Water Is Life 10:00 a.m.12:35 p.m.
11:45 a.m. Signs of Life
12:45 p.m. Signs of Life
2:15 p.m. Signs of Life 1:30 p.m.3:05 p.m.
3:15 p.m. Signs of Life
4:15 p.m. Signs of Life 3:30 p.m.5:05 p.m.
5:15 p.m. Signs of Life
6:45 p.m. Signs of Life 6:00 p.m.8:35 p.m.
7:45 p.m. Signs of Life
8:45 p.m. Signs of Life

Public Telescope Observing

Free telescope viewing is available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing.

Observing usually begins around 7:00 p.m. Please be aware the demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope at 9:30 p.m. or earlier to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

Show Times

Weekdays
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Weekends
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Leonard Nimoy

The Once and Future Griffith Observatory

The film offers an overview of the Observatory’s programs and exhibits and discusses how the building was renewed during the 2002-2006 renovation and expansion project.

Show Times

Weekdays
1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.

Weekends
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.

Local Noon in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor

When the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, directly overhead the Observatory’s meridian line, we celebrate local noon. A Museum Guide gives a free 15-minute presentation explaining how we use the Sun’s light in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor to tell us what day it is and where the Sun is located in its pathway across the sky.

Upcoming Show Times

Sunday, May 22
12:41 p.m. (Local Noon: 12:51 p.m.)

Friday, May 27
12:41 p.m. (Local Noon: 12:51 p.m.)

Saturday, May 28
12:41 p.m. (Local Noon: 12:51 p.m.)

Big picture

Big Picture Talk

Museum Guides use The Big Picture – the largest astronomical image in the world – to help explain the nature of the universe and our place in space.

Show Times

Weekdays
12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Weekends
12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Tesla Coil Demonstration

With its giant arcing sparks and unnerving noise, Griffith Observatory's Tesla coil is one of its most memorable and iconic exhibits. Millions have seen it in operation, throwing its lightning-like discharges to the walls of its alcove.

Show Times

Weekdays
12:20 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Weekends
10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Let’s Make a Comet

A short demonstration program that shows how household ingredients can be mixed with dry ice to make a small comet. Fun for the whole family! Offered during summer and holiday periods.

There are no shows currently scheduled.

Samuel Oschin Planetarium

Signs of Life

Signs of Life is an astronomical detective story that propels visitors to uncover what it took to put life in the universe. Earth is the launchpad to Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and planets beyond our Milky Way Galaxy in a search for answers to the mysteries that captivate our imagination.

Show Times

Weekdays
1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

Weekends
11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m.

Centered in the Universe

We often imagine ourselves at the center of things. That includes our place in the universe, ever since the first people looked up at the sky. Even as our scientific observation has shown the cosmos does not revolve around us, our ongoing investigations continue to keep us Centered in the Universe.

There are no shows currently scheduled.

Water Is Life

Water Is Life was written and produced for Griffith Observatory’s fifth grade school field trip program. Drawing on the fifth grade science content standards, Water Is Life explores where our water in California comes from, and how water on Earth keeps us alive.

Show Times

Weekdays
12:45 p.m.

Weekends
10:45 a.m.