Observatiories and Planetariums

Astronomy exhibits, educational programs, telescope viewing and planetarium shows.


Griffith Observatory – Daily Tesla Coil demos and free monthly Star Parties. Closed Monday. Admission is free; tickets required for some programs. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles. (213) 473-0800. www.griffithobservatory.org


Mount Wilson Observatory – Self and guided (April – November) tours. Closed December 1 – March 31. Red Box – Mount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson. (626) 440-9016. www.mtwilson.edu


Palomar Observatory – Self (daily) and guided tours (weekends, April – October) and special events. 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain. (760) 742-2119. www.tinyurl.com/palomarobs


Randall Planetarium at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) – Admission: $1-6. 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut. (909) 274-5795. www.mtsacplanetarium.com


Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College – Admission: $6-7. 1530 W. 17th, Building M, Santa Ana. (714) 564-6356. www.tinyurl.com/TessmannPlanetarium


UCLA Planetariums – Free planetarium shows every Wednesday night followed by telescope viewing, plus special events and workshops. 8th floor of the math building, telescopes on 9th floor. UCLA, Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 8224. www.astro.ucla.edu/planetarium