Only until my Dad, Team Pacquiao and I jogged the Griffith trail with Manny Pacquiao did I find out about the Griffith Observatory.

I recommend visiting the Griffith Observatory if you are into the following: hiking, sight-seeing, astronomy or all the above.

From the Griffith Observatory, you can see Hollywood, Downtown LA and the Pacific Ocean. It is definitely one of LA’s greatest attractions.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m at the beeeeeeautiful and well-kept, Griffith Observatory:

Griffith Observatory | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Actually, visitors don’t even need to enter the Griffith Observatory to become “observers”. The exterior of the building offers a mix of exhibits and features that draw the eye and fuel the imagination.

Oh yeah, you need to know that I’ll be posting other bloggers’ photographs because I went to the Griffith Observatory on a Sunday-Fam Day. Mind you, the place was festival-packed. If it was hard to get around the area, how much more take photographs! (Sigh)

I know you’re busy with work, school and / or kids, but just go after your shift / class. Go on weekdays, guys. You’ll appreciate it more. AND BRING YOUR DOGGIES! Hihi. It’s a family and pet-friendly place. Taking your kids to the Griffith Observatory would be a smart decision as well because of the wealth of knowledge they’ll breathe.

The day and night trips are equally beautiful in their own ways. But I went during the afternoon.

Make sure to bring water, snacks to nibble on, a hat and sunblock! Don’t bring a big bag– think of it as a museum trip, you’ll be walking around a lot. No need to bring money because you don’t need to pay for entrance / parking! FREE. FREE. FREE. FREE.

I had to wait for 10 minutes for this area to clear up so I could at least take a decent photograph.

The observatory is a popular tourist attraction which means, the later you wait to go, the busier it gets. However, it’s nice to go there during sunset. Check your Weather App the morning you decide to go. And I suggest going on a weekday if you have the Social Anxiety Disorder.

Detail of the final rendering of Griffith Observatory, for the architecture firm of John C. Austin and Frederick Ashley | Photo © Griffith Observatory

The observatory and accompanying exhibits were opened to the public on May 14, 1935. In its first five days of operation, the observatory welcomed more than 13,000 visitors.

On the lower left is where some celebrities hike. Like Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani, Shay Mitchell, Manny Pacquiao and many more.

The Griffith Observatory’s grounds, exhibits, and telescopes are open and free to the public each day the building is open..

I wouldn’t mind designing my bedroom ceiling like this:

Here’s what you see when you first enter the building. (Photo by: Maven’s Photoblog)

The exterior and interior designs are candy to the eyes. They leave your mind stimulated

The story of the Griffith Observatory begins with Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, who donated 3,015 acres of land surrounding the observatory to the City of Los Angeles in December 1896. His goal was to make astronomy accessible to the public.

Portrait of Col. Griffith J.Griffith, © Griffith Observatory

The building was expanded underground, with a lower level that features completely new exhibits, a café, gift shop, and the new Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theatre. The Café at the End of the Universe, an homage to Douglas Adams’ Restaurant at the End of the Universe, is one of many cafés run by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck!

Lower level of the Griffith Observatory | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Lower level of the Griffith Observatory | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory


Samuel Oschin Planetarium | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Samuel Oschin Planetarium | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

The Samuel Oschin Planetarium features an array of cutting edge technologies that present world-class scientific educational programming for audiences of all ages.  For more info about current shows, showtimes and ticket prices, visit:



Zeiss Telescope | Photo by Griffith Observatory Astronomical Observer Anthony Cook, © Griffith Observatory

Since the observatory’s opening in 1935, millions of visitors have looked through the 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope that’s located in the rooftop dome on the building’s east end.

Intended mainly for nighttime viewing by the general public, the telescope usually targets the Moon, planets, and the brightest objects in the Milky Way.

The telescope serves up to 600 visitors per night.


Hall of the Eye | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

Located on the observatory’s main level, the Hall of the Eye illustrates the nature and progress of human observation of the sky and the tools used for that exploration.


Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon is a 200-seat multi-media theatre that provides a modern venue for lectures, demonstrations, films, museum guide talks, and a variety of other activities.

The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon is also an important venue for the observatory’s school programs. The theatre uses a stadium-style seating configuration, which enables each audience member to feel close to the presenter.


The Big Picture telescopes | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

The Big Picture is one of the highlights of the Gunther Depths of Space exhibit hall, located on the lower level.

The highly detailed image depicts the core of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and contains nearly a million faint galaxies, about half a million stars in our own galaxy (the Milky Way), a thousand distant quasars, a thousand asteroids in our own Solar System, and at least one comet.

Visitors can explore The Big Picture from within arm’s reach or through telescopes placed 60 feet away.


Gottlieb Transit Corridor | Photo courtesy Alma Recinto, Flickr

Gottlieb Transit Corridor | Photo courtesy Alma Recinto, Flickr

The Robert J. and Suzanne Gottlieb Transit Corridor is a monumental 150-foot-long, 10-foot-wide glass-walled passageway that immerses visitors in the motions of the Sun, Moon, and stars across the sky and demonstrates how these motions are linked with time and the calendar.


James Dean bust | Photo courtesy of Candice AKA Bessie Smith, Flickr

James Dean bust | Photo courtesy of Candice AKA Bessie Smith, Flickr

The Griffith Observatory has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, perhaps most famously in two major sequences of Rebel Without a Cause (1955), starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. A bust of James Dean is located at the west side of the observatory grounds. Other observatory film appearances include The Terminator (1984), The Rocketeer (1991), The People vs. Larry Flynt(1996), and Transformers (2007).


Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 1 (213) 473-0800


Tuesday – Friday 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m.  – 10:00 p.m.
Mondays CLOSED

ENTRANCE / parking

FREE. Parking is very difficult during peak hours. Come early.



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