Griffith Observatory is a landmark that even Angelenos don’t know enough about. Called “the hood ornament of Los Angeles,” it serves as a public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. Designed by some of its former employees, this tour will give you an introduction to the city that you’ll never forget.
Griffith Observatory is open Tuesday - Friday from 12 PM - 10 PM, Sat & Sun from 10 AM - 10 PM and closed all day Monday.
In front of Astronomers Monument (see "Getting Here" tab for image)
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.
When philanthropist Griffith J. Griffith viewed the 60-inch telescope at Mount Wilson in the early 1900's, he exclaimed, "If all mankind could look through that telescope, it would change the world!" For the remainder of his life, he toiled to realize his vision for a public observatory that would benefit future generations. Now, the Griffith Observatory is the most popular attraction of its kind in the world.
On this 3-hour walking tour, you’ll learn about Moderne Architecture, science, movie history, and the history of Los Angeles. We begin in the Observatory’s central rotunda, where you’ll gaze at overhead murals inspired by Greek myth. Next, you’ll learn about the inventor Nikola Tesla and his 50,000 volt Tesla Coil, which is on exhibit. In the West Hall, we’ll discover how our solar system works, and look through a telescope to see sun spots.
"The Tesla Coil is amazing!"
One of the world’s best planetariums, the Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater puts on spectacular shows with the help of a Zeiss star projector and a state-of-the-art digital projection system. Next we’ll descend Gunther Depths of Space where you’ll view the night sky like you’ve never before: experience the 152-ft display of galaxies and nebula as you would from the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about seismology and about L.A. earthquakes and the Pacific Rim of Fire as you stand next to an active seismograph. Pose for a photo with a bronze statue of Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in human history.
At night, wait in line for the Zeiss 12-inch telescope. One-of-a-kind and German-made, it gives viewers an unparalleled and intimate look at the planets and stars (depending on the weather and schedule).
Join us as we discover not just an L.A. landmark, but a place where you’ll have the chance to make memories. As fellow travelers, historians, and Angelenos ourselves, we at LA Tour1 will help you make the most of your time at Griffith Observatory.