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Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the city. It is fully owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles and offers high-quality Zeiss and solar telescopes for use, as well as an extensive array of space and science related displays

The Observatory was the dream of Col. Griffith J. Griffith, who donated money and land in 1896. The construction of this art deco observatory began on June 20, 1933 and was formally opened to public on May 14, 1935. It logged more than 13,000 visitors in its first five days of operation. The Observatory has since undergone a major renovation in 2002. Griffith Observatory has been featured in some films, making it also of interest to film fans - Rebel Without a Cause, Bowfinger, Terminator Salvation, Transformers, The Rocketeer, and more.

Aside from the various exhibits, visitors also get to enjoy the Observatory?s story telling and picture museum, planetarium and theatre, exhibits and hands-on classrooms. Centered in the Universe is a 30-minute high-resolution immersive video projected by an innovative laser system, along with a short night sky simulation projected by the Zeiss Universarium. Samuel Oschin Planetarium blasts off amazing light shows providing a visual feast for the eyes. The Big Picture is a wall inside the building covered with the largest astronomically accurate image ever constructed the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. The Griffith Observatory provides outstanding views of the area both day and night. Anyone even vaguely interested in astronomy will find the exhibits and planetarium shows fascinating.

Looking for a cool drink, full meal or dessert, the Caf? at the End of the Universe is conveniently available, or visit the Stellar Emporium Gift shop and brows through a cosmic array of Observatory insignia items, astronomy and space-themed books, gifts, clothing, toys, and other items. Admission to the Observatory building and grounds is still free.
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