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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 closed today

Monday, November 29, 2021

Local Noon – 11:43 a.m.

Sunset – 4:45 p.m.

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!

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

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

Friday, December 3
11:34 a.m. (Local Noon: 11:44 a.m.)

Saturday, December 4
11:35 a.m. (Local Noon: 11:45 a.m.)

Sunday, December 5
11:35 a.m. (Local Noon: 11:45 a.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.