Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. Admission to the building and grounds is free. Free public telescopes are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear.
One Saturday a month, the Observatory hosts a public star party from 2-9:45 p.m. It’s a chance for the whole family to look at the sun, moon, visible planets and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes, and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers. Check out their Star Party dates here.
Sunset Walk & Talk Events
On select Wednesdays of each month the Observatory offers a sunset hike led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide. The hike starts on the Observatory’s West Terrace, proceeds up the Charlie Turner trail to the Berlin Forest on the hill just north of the Observatory, and then returns to the West Terrace. The distance covered is about half a mile over the course of an hour at a very moderate pace with stops along the way to discuss the highlights and history of Griffith Park and objects visible in the evening sky. Times change to match sunset, so be sure to check their calendar before you go. Don’t forget your walking shoes!
All Space Considered
Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, FREE public program on the first Friday of every month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Join the Observatory’s curatorial staff as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first served.