Tour Guide of the Month: Barry Finnegan Barry joined LA Tour1 in 2017 and has been working as a Driving and Hiking Tour Guide. Barry is also a professional actor providing live narration to Planetarium shows at Griffith Observatory. He has also written and produced a couple of web series such as our favorite “Bad News” and many others. Questions: […]May 10, 2018
A personal introduction to the city you'll never forget
Griffith Observatory is a landmark that even Angelenos don’t know enough about. Called “the hood ornament of Los Angeles,” it serves as a public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. Designed by some of its former employees, this tour will give you an introduction to the city that you’ll never forget.
$150 PER PERSON5 and under are free (only admitted to first show of the day)
12 NOON OR LATER DAILY(Closed Mondays)
3 HOURS WITH SHOWApproximately
LOS FELIZIn front of Astronomers Monument Map of area
- Great views of the Hollywood Sign
- 500,000 Volt Tesla Coil
- 67,000 square feet of Science exhibits!
- Look through telescopes day or night!
- Panoramic views of the LA Basin
- World best Zeiss Mark IX Planetarium Projector
How late can we stay after the tour?
Griffith Observatory is open Tuesday - Friday from 12 PM - 10 PM, Sat & Sun from 10 AM - 10 PM and closed all day Monday.
In front of Astronomers Monument (see "Getting Here" tab for image)
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.
- Please arrive 10 minutes early as the tour starts on time.
- Just tell the guide your name. No need to print out the ticket or confirmation email.
- ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE: The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability) or offered a refund.
- ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS: Dress appropriately for the weather.
- We understand that your plans sometimes change. That is why we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible with our Flexible Reschedule Policy.
- Refund after rescheduling: Once you have been rescheduled, there can be no refunds if you decide not to take the tour.
When philanthropist Griffith J. Griffith viewed the 60-inch telescope at Mount Wilson in the early 1900's, he exclaimed, "If all mankind could look through that telescope, it would change the world!" For the remainder of his life, he toiled to realize his vision for a public observatory that would benefit future generations. Now, the Griffith Observatory is the most popular attraction of its kind in the world.
On this 3-hour walking tour, you’ll learn about Moderne Architecture, science, movie history, and the history of Los Angeles. We begin in the Observatory’s central rotunda, where you’ll gaze at overhead murals inspired by Greek myth. Next, you’ll learn about the inventor Nikola Tesla and his 50,000 volt Tesla Coil, which is on exhibit. In the West Hall, we’ll discover how our solar system works, and look through a telescope to see sun spots.
"The Tesla Coil is amazing!"
One of the world’s best planetariums, the Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater puts on spectacular shows with the help of a Zeiss star projector and a state-of-the-art digital projection system. Next we’ll descend Gunter Depths of Space where you’ll view the night sky like you’ve never before: experience the 152-ft display of galaxies and nebula as you would from the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about seismology and about L.A. earthquakes and the Pacific Rim of Fire as you stand next to an active seismograph. Pose for a photo with a bronze statue of Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in human history.
At night, wait in line for the Zeiss 12-inch telescope. One-of-a-kind and German-made, it gives viewers an unparalleled and intimate look at the planets and stars (depending on the weather and schedule).
Join us as we discover not just an L.A. landmark, but a place where you’ll have the chance to make memories. As fellow travelers, historians, and Angelenos ourselves, we at LA Tour1 will help you make the most of your time at Griffith Observatory.