Griffith Observatory is open Thursday-Sunday. The grounds, terraces, and sidewalks are generally open every day. Visitor capacity control for the building will be used during very busy times; this may result in waits of 10-20 minutes.
Visitors age 12 and older are still required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the building and adjacent terrace areas (per City of Los Angeles ordinance). This requirement remains in place because the Observatory is a City of Los Angeles-operated facility. Here are the requirements:
|Age 18 and over
||Proof of full vaccination and valid ID (with picture)
||Proof of full vaccination
|Age 4 and under
Partial vaccination, exemptions, and negative COVID tests will NOT be accepted as a substitute for proof of full vaccination, per Department requirement. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final shot in their primary vaccine series (e.g., second shots for vaccines like Moderna and Pfizer, first shot for vaccines like J&J). Boosters are NOT required. The vaccination record MUST include the full name, type of vaccination, and date the last dose was administered (a QR code without this accompanying information will not be sufficient). Anyone 18 or older must also show a current ID, which must show the person’s name and picture; the name on the ID must match that on the vaccination record.
On days the Observatory building is open, there is a perimeter in front of the Observatory. The perimeter area includes the building, terraces, and front sidewalk. You must show proof of full vaccination and ID to enter this area, which requires waiting in line to have your vaccine status verified. The process goes fairly quickly, but wait times vary by day of the week and time of day. It will take longer during holiday periods. Visitor capacity control for the building will be used during very busy times; this may result in waits of 10-20 minutes. You must wear a mask while in the verification line. Once your status is verified, you will be admitted inside the perimeter. If you leave the perimeter area, you must be re-verified to reenter.
Once inside the perimeter area, ALL visitors must still wear a face mask at all times while inside the Observatory building and on the roof. By entering the building, visitors are agreeing to follow this requirement. Please be aware the building is often busy, and the galleries and theaters may be crowded.
There is limited parking near the Observatory. Road closures are likely when traffic becomes congested. See below for more details.