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Programs

For a calendar of public programs, please click here.

Griffith Observatory presents daily programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. Hearing assist devices are available upon request in both theaters.

The Observatory also hosts monthly public star parties, daily talks and presentations, and periodic special events.


Now Showing in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium

Centered in the Universe

Show Times:  
Tuesday - Friday: 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m.
Closed Monday

Water Is Life

Show Times:  
Tuesday - Friday: 12:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Closed Monday

Light of the Valkyries

Show Times:  
Tuesday - Friday: 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Closed Monday

Time's Up - This show ran from 2012 to 2014 and is now closed.


Now Showing in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon

The Once and Future Griffith Observatory (Daily)

The Once and Future Griffith Observatory provides an exciting and compelling introduction to the history and unique public offerings of the Observatory. This 24-minute film, entertainingly narrated by Leonard Nimoy, reveals how the vision of one man led to the creation of an architectural, cultural, and astronomical icon for southern California.

Show Times: Every hour on the hour.

All Space Considered (First Friday of Every Month)

On the first Friday of each month, the Observatory presents All Space Considered, an inside look at the most talked-about subjects in astronomy, space science, and space exploration. Observatory curatorial staff and special guests bring visitors up to date on what is going on in space. The presentations are offered free to the public.

Show Times: First Friday of each month, 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Let's Make a Comet (Not currently offered)

Let's Make a Comet is a 25-minute demonstration program that mixes common household ingredients with dry ice to make a small comet that's just like the real thing. The program explores the nature of water in all its forms - solid, liquid, and gas - and discusses why water is so important to life on Earth. Recent images and discoveries from NASA missions reveal where we might find water - and possibly life - on other worlds in our solar system. Families with children will especially enjoy Let's Make a Comet.


Free Public Telescopes

Free telescope viewing is available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing. Please be aware that the demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope at 9:30 p.m. or earlier to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).


Public Star Parties

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

2017 Schedule
January 7 February 4 March 4
April 1 May 6 June 3
July 29 August 26 September 30
October 21 November 18 December 16


The Gottlieb Transit Corridor Local Noon Talk

When the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky, directly overhead the Observatory's meridian line, we celebrate local noon. A Museum Guide gives a 15-minute presentation explaining how we use the Sun's light in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor to tell us what day it is and where the Sun is located in its pathway across the sky.


 For future local noon times, check out our page on the Sun


Tesla Coil Demonstration

Periodically each day, Observatory staff make brief presentations while operating our historic Tesla Coil in the Hall of the Eye. For more information about the Tesla Coil, got to the Tesla Coil exhibit page.

Tuesday - Friday:
12:20 p.m.3:50 p.m. 7:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m. 4:50 p.m.8:20 p.m.
2:30 p.m.5:50 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:
10:20 a.m.1:50 p.m.4:50 p.m. 8:20 p.m.
11:20 a.m.2:50 p.m.6:20 p.m.9:30 p.m.
12:20 p.m.3:50 p.m.7:20 p.m. 



The Big Picture

Each day, Museum Guides use the largest astronomical image in the world to help explain our place in space.

Daily Schedule  
Tuesday - Sunday: 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
Closed Monday

Sunset Walk & Talk Events

Each month the Observatory offers a sunset hike led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide. The hike starts on the Observatory's West Terrace, proceeds up the Charlie Turner trail to the Berlin Forest on the hill just north of the Observatory, and then returns to the West Terrace. The distance covered is about half a mile over the course of an hour at a very moderate pace with stops along the way to discuss the highlights and history of Griffith Park and objects visible in the evening sky.

NOTE: The Charlie Turner trail is a moderately steep earthen trail. We recommend footwear appropriate for hiking.

2017 Schedule (Wednesdays)
January 11 4:50-5:50 p.m. May 3 7:25-8:25 p.m. September 27 6:30-7:30 p.m.
February 8 5:15-6:15 p.m. June 7 7:45-8:45 p.m. October 4 6:10-7:10 p.m.
March 8 5:40-6:40 p.m. July 5 7:55-8:55 p.m. November 29 4:30-5:30 p.m.
April 5 7:00-8:00 p.m. August 2 7:35-8:35 p.m. December 27 4:40-5:40 p.m.