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Day 333: Griffith Observatory

Day 333 of 365 Things To Do In Pasadena takes us to the Griffith Observatory located just 14 miles from Pasadena on top of Griffith Park. Not only is it a great place to visit to capture the most spectacular photos of Los Angeles, but it’s also the best place to be if you are a star gazer. The majestic beauty of the night sky is captured magically at the top of the south facing slope of Mt. Hollywood!

Griffith Observatory
Night Sky – Photography by Sasha Netchaev

Admission to the Observatory building and grounds is free making it a great tourist and local attraction. However, my favorite thing to do at the Observatory is to take in a Planetarium Show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.

With its spectacular Zeiss star projector, laser digital projection system, state-of-the-art aluminum dome, comfy seats, sound system, and theatrical lighting, the 285-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater is the finest planetarium in the world.

They currently offer three exciting live shows. The re-opening show – Centered in the Universe – takes visitors on a journey of cosmic exploration and discovery.  Their second program – Water Is Life – leads viewers on a search for water – and possibly life – beyond Earth. And, the 75th anniversary show is about the northern lights – Light of the Valkyries – opened May 18, 2010. For more detailed show descriptions and show times, click here.

SHOW SCHEDULE: Live presentations of these programs are scheduled every 60 to 90 minutes each day the Observatory is open. Eight shows are offered each weekday (Wednesday-Friday), with the first show at 12:45 p.m. and the last show at 8:45 p.m. Ten shows are offered each weekend day (Saturday-Sunday), with the first show at 10:45 a.m. and the last show at 8:45 p.m. Children under 5 are admitted ONLY to the first show each day (12:45 p.m. on weekdays, 10:45 a.m. on weekends).

BUYING TICKETS: Show tickets may be purchased ONLY at the Observatory, only for that day’s shows. Tickets are available at the main ticket counter inside or at automated ticket machines around the building. You can not purchase these tickets in advance and they are usually sold 2 to 3 times a day on a first come, first serve basis. They run about $7 each.

So take in a show at the Planetarium and let us know what you think!

Griffith Observatory
2800 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800

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