General Information

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 Los Angeles basin.

Griffith Observatory was made possible by a bequest in the 1919 will of Griffith J. Griffith, who also donated the land for Griffith Park (in 1896). The building opened to the public May 14, 1935, and operated continuously until January 6, 2002, when it closed for a comprehensive renovation and expansion. The renewed building reopened to the public in November 2006. More than 75 million people have entered the Observatory building over nearly eight decades.

MISSION: Griffith Observatory inspires everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800

This address can be entered into GPS or mapping programs to get to the Observatory.

Admission to the Observatory building and grounds is FREE. There is a nominal charge to see shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.

Griffith Observatory is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. The Director of Griffith Observatory is Dr. E. C. Krupp. The Observatory Deputy Director is Mark Pine. The Curator is Dr. Laura Danly.

Address and Contact Numbers

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
General Information Line: 213-473-0800
L.A. City's "311" Information Line: 866-4LACITY

The address above can be entered into GPS or mapping programs to get directions to the Observatory. You can also see a map of the Observatory area by clicking here.
LATITUDE = 34° 07' 6.0" North (or 34.11834° N)
LONGITUDE = 118° 18' 1.2" West (or 118.30034° W)
ELEVATION = 1134 ft = 345.5 m
MAGNETIC DEVIATION = 14° 7.5' E

Persons With Disabilities and/or Special Needs

Griffith Observatory provides extensive access for persons with disabilities. The Observatory has designated disabled parking spaces for those with official plates and/or placards. All levels of the building and grounds are accessible to all visitors. Each level has elevator access, and some are also accessible by ramp. Both of our theaters - Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon - offer assisted listening devices (ALDs) upon request. The regularly scheduled film (The Once and Future Griffith Observatory) in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon also has open captioning upon request. The Observatory can also make additional accommodations for visitors with special needs with advance notice; please call (213) 473-0800, and ask for the Operations staff.

Filming, Rentals, and Special Events

Observatory facilities may occasionally be made available for rental usage (events or commercial filming) by outside organizations. Use of space at the Observatory requires a clear linkage to the Observatory's mission of public astronomy and science. Available dates are extremely limited, as the Observatory is open to the public six days a week, 10-12 hours a day.
No rentals are possible at any time for personal events or corporate parties. For more information, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about visiting Griffith Observatory or regarding the Observatory and its history, please click here.