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- FOTO membership benefits
- Samuel Oschin Planetarium reservations
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Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO)

FOTO is a non-profit, membership-based organization, whose role is to support Griffith Observatory and its mission of being a vital community and international centerpiece of learning, discovery, and inspiration about astronomy. FOTO aims to Inspire the Future, One Imagination at a Time.

Join FOTO now and receive all the following valuable benefits. ONLY members can…

« Make online, advance Samuel Oschin Planetarium show reservations for the date and time of your choice. (See instructions below).
« Avoid standing in line to buy your tickets OR waiting outside for your show.
« Be seated first for your planetarium show.
« Participate in COSMIC MUSINGS, the FOTO programming series designed to enhance your experience of the cosmos.
« Receive discounts on adult planetarium show tickets AND at the Stellar Emporium AND at the Café at the End of the Universe.

And there is so much more that a FOTO membership offers you. Become a member now and take advantage of being a supporter of Griffith Observatory.

Go to and click on Join Now!

Make Advance Reservations for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium!
As an active member of FOTO, you may make advance reservations for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Please follow these simple steps:

  • You must make your reservation for the show at least 72 hours in advance of your visit to allow time for processing and return email confirmation.
  • You may reserve up to eight (8) tickets to Samuel Oschin Planetarium shows per visit.
  • You are only making a reservation; you may not pay for the tickets until the day you visit.
  • Please print out and bring your reservation confirmation email with you on your visit. You will need it to ensure parking at busy times.
  • Reserved tickets must be purchased and picked up ONLY at the Center of Gravity desk at least 45 minutes prior to show time. Payment may only be by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or American Express).
Go to and click on the Reserve Planetarium Tickets Now button at the top of the home page.

A Committment to Public Astronomy

Friends Of The Observatory was founded in December 1978 by Debra Griffith, the wife of Harold Griffith, grandson of Observatory founder Griffith J. Griffith. She was assisted in FOTO's creation by Harold Griffith, Griffith Observatory Director Dr. Ed Krupp, and a small group of dedicated supporters. The intent of the organization was to support the Observatory in its mission and to advocate for its restoration and renewal. Over the years, with support from its volunteer Board and thousands of members, FOTO provided funds for purchase of equipment, artifacts, materials, and services not covered by the annual City operating funds.

FOTO partnered with the City of Los Angeles to renovate and expand Griffith Observatory. FOTO played four primary roles in the renovation and expansion project. First, FOTO was (and remains) the designated fundraising organization for the project, directly raising over $30 million, including over $26 million in private funds. It was also active in securing much of the remainder of the funding needed for the project. Second, FOTO negotiated, managed, and funded contracts for the purchase of all equipment in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Third, FOTO managed the design, content development, acquisition, and installation of the new exhibit program. Finally, FOTO managed the media relations and advertising (creative and media planning only) efforts associated with reopening. In addition, four senior members of FOTO served on the Renovation Steering Committee, which guided planning and implementation for the entire renovation and expansion project.