Observatories and Planetariums

Astronomy exhibits, educational programs, telescope viewing and planetarium shows.
Griffith Observatory – Daily Tesla Coil demos and free monthly Star Parties. Closed Monday. 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. 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: $3-7. 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 (not offered during summer). UCLA, Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 8224. Plus, check out the UCLA Meteorite Collection in the geology building, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.astro.ucla.edu/planetarium