Petit Futé's opinion on GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY
The Observatory, located at the top of the Griffith Park since 1935, offers a surprising blend of Art Deco architecture and advanced technology. This mythical place was immortalized on many occasions in the cinema. James Dean appeared in 1955 on the occasion of the masterpiece of the fury of living and making it one of the city's top places. More recently, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are turning a scene of trumpets that became mythical for the film La La Land. Its eclectic architecture, typically angeleno, combines Art Decco and ancient Egyptian architecture; the building was renovated for four years, between 2003 and 2006. Visitors are welcomed by a pendulum of Foucault which oscillates infinitely in the lobby. The planetarium and the exhibitions will propel you into the intergalactic universe: You can discover how much you weigh on other planets, see real meteorites and explore the Milky Way… while keeping your feet on Earth! On the spot, you can also eat a drink or eat a quick dish on a terrace overlooking the Hollywood letters on one side, and the city of the other.
The Griffith Observatory is a true icon in Los Angeles, a popular gathering place and one of the most popular attractions in California. It is located on the south slope of the Hollywood mountain in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz area, at 345 m altitude. Its terraces offer one of the best views to observe the famous Hollywood panel. It is also a free public facility, owned by the Leisure and Parks Department of the city. It is the most visited public observatory in the world with 1.5 million visitors per year. It consists of a public observatory, a planetarium and an exhibition space. It was built in the 1930 s with the legacy of Griffith J. Griffith's legacy, famous philanthropist, who offered the city in 1896. Among the conditions imposed by Griffith, it was imperative that it be operated for the public free of charge. At the time of his opening in 1935, he was one of the first US institutions devoted to public science and owned the country's third largest planetarium. Since then, he has welcomed over 81 million visitors, including a significant proportion of astronomy enthusiasts. The site worked without interruption until 2002, when it closed its doors to renovate and rehabilitate some of its buildings. $ 93 million was invested in the extension of its extension activities, including upgrades to its planetarium, and a redevelopment of its landscaped areas. He reopened on November 2, 2006.
Griffith Park is probably one of the worst sites to build an observatory and yet we strongly recommend taking a tour! Set up just a few blocks from Glendale, it truly offers a breathtaking view of the city and its light (pests) from the dusk, and an amazing architecture (mixing art deco and Egyptian style) with its funny brown domes! The 7 th art lovers will soon recognize those places that have seen some of the most famous scenes of cinema: James Dean and Natalie Wood in the planetarium in the fury of living in 1955, Terminator in the simplest aircraft in 1984, or more recently Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in tasty benefits for La La Land. A bucket of James Dean sits on the lawn, before the observatory, with the Hollywood panel.
In addition to the unique atmosphere that permeates the scene, astronomy is practiced every night when it is beautiful, with telescopes installed and service facilitators for the circumstance. Better still, a Saturday a month a star party is organized, often draining quite a few people… The unique opportunity to observe planets and some objects from the deep sky, from a magical place above the city of angels. On the veritable visits, planetarium sessions are worth a visit, just like the visit of the cupola to a rather atypical solar telescope and a splendid Zeiss bezel!
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Open Tuesday to Friday from noon to 10pm; the weekend from 10am to 10pm. Closed on Monday. Closed for Thanksgiving and on December 25th. Free admission, except for the sessions of planetarium: US$7 (adults), US$3 (from 5 to 12 years old children).