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Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California

With downtown Los Angeles in purple shades to the southeast, Griffith Observatory’s domes and Art Deco façade stand out in the foreground. The price of admission to this science-celebrating public space is the same today as it was when it opened in 1935: free. The building and grounds are an iconic part of the Los Angeles landscape, and the space has been used as a filming location for dozens of films and television shows. Most recently, it was the setting of a dance sequence in the film ‘La La Land.’

Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign, and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Since the observatory’s opening in 1935, admission has been free, in accordance with the benefactor’s will, after whom the observatory is named – Griffith J. Griffith.
Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (213) 473-0800
Hours: See opening and closing times on official site
Opened: May 14, 1935
Architects: John C. Austin · Frederick M. Ashley