Become a Member
Experience all that the Observatory has to offer – as a member. Members enjoy
- NEW virtual benefit: The Member-only Content Portal. Exclusive access to video content and other digital delights. Enjoy the Observatory from home!
- Parking privileges include complimentary options that vary with level of membership purchased
- Reservations and priority seating at shows and programs, including member-only advance reservations to shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium
- Discounts at the Stellar Emporium and the Café at the End of the Universe
- Exclusive invitations to special events and astronomical travel adventures and so much more!
COVID-19 Update: Onsite member benefits are unavailable during the temporary building closure.
Your membership helps Griffith Observatory continue as a strong community centerpiece of scientific education and public astronomy for the people of southern California and millions of visitors from around the world.
FOTO member dues support
- The Fifth-grade School Field Trip Program, which serves 28,000 students annually at no-cost to kids or their schools
- Finishing Signs of Life, the spectacular new Samuel Oschin Planetarium show that we will premiere when it is safe to do so
- Equipment for live-streaming astronomical events and programs
- Technological updates and upgrades to theaters and exhibits
- Computers, software, and so much more.
Music by Spirit Music Collective.
Video by Nathan Brunskill www.buildvisuals.com
Membership Levels and Benefits
- Exclusive access to the Member-only Content Portal
- Exclusive member-only access to advance reservations (up to eight people) for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium shows (Reservation requests must be submitted at least 72 hours in advance of show time.)
- Free parking with planetarium show reservation
- "Speed-of-light" priority seating line in South Gallery for shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium
- One-year subscription to the Griffith Observer magazine
- Discounted tickets to FOTO's Cosmic Musings presentations
- 10 percent discount at the Café at the End of the Universe and at the Stellar Emporium
- E-mail updates on Griffith Observatory astronomical events and invitations to special lectures and member events
- Acknowledgment of your support for Griffith Observatory on the FOTO website (updated monthly) and one personalized membership card
- $2.00 off adult tickets (age 13-59) to shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium
- TWO FREE tickets to a Cosmic Musings lecture series
- TWO FREE additional tickets (FOUR total) to the Cosmic Musings lecture series
- Preferred parking by reservation (ONE space per membership per visit, subject to availability)
- Priority seating line at most Griffith Observatory programs
- TWO FREE additional tickets (SIX total) to the Cosmic Musings lecture series
- Priority notification for astronomy travel programs
- Recognition on donor wall located in Griffith Observatory
- Invitation for you and a guest to the Griffith Observatory Director’s Luncheon
- Pre-arranged, after-hours private Zeiss telescope viewing for up to ten guests at Griffith Observatory
- Personal concierge service for Griffith Observatory activities including access to reserved parking and Samuel Oschin Planetarium show reservations
- Behind-the-scenes tour of Griffith Observatory
- Invitations to all Astronomers Society exclusive special events
- Telescope “Star Party” with trained Telescope Demonstrator at your home or location of your choice in greater Los Angeles area for you and your guests
- Recognition in annually-published Astronomers Society Honor Roll
Member Benefits are subject to change or substitution without notice.
Friends Of The Observatory is a Federal and California public benefit organization (501(c)(3) non-profit). FOTO's Federal tax ID# is 95-3374645. The portion of any contribution equal to the value of the membership benefits provided by FOTO is not tax deductible. The tax deductible contribution for each membership level is noted above and in the mailed membership card letter.