NO RESERVATION NEEDED: Groups are encouraged to visit the Observatory, whether via school buses, private charter buses, or tour buses. Groups do not need to make any kind of reservation to visit the Observatory or notify the Observatory in advance of their visit.
NO BUS OR SHUTTLE PARKING: Groups in buses coming to the Observatory will be passed through (even when the road is closed) and must drop off at the designated area near the building. NO buses may park or wait at the Observatory at any time. Buses must leave after dropping off passengers and return when they are ready to pick up visitors; there simply is not room at the Observatory for safe parking. There is generally parking available around the Greek Theatre, though this is not guaranteed.
SELF-GUIDED TOURS: We welcome and encourage school and camp groups to visit during public hours of operation. While we are not able to provide tour guides for group tours, our knowledgeable and experienced Museum Guides are located around the building to help make your visit successful.
CHAPERONE RESPONSIBILITIES: Groups with children must have sufficient adult chaperones (1 adult for every 10 children) who must stay with the children at all times. Chaperones must ensure the safety of all children by prohibiting horseplay, running, climbing on exhibits, or other disruptive activity. Chaperones must ensure children do not bring food, drinks, or gum into the building.
BUYING SAMUEL OSCHIN PLANETARIUM SHOW TICKETS: See the guidelines. We are not able to make ticket reservations in advance. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets only for group members who have already arrived, as there can be no refunds, exchanges, or late seating.