Things to Do in Los Angeles
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We should all pay homage to Griffith J. Griffith. He looked into the night sky through a telescope and saw the stars, and he believed that everyone should have that privilege. “I want to make astronomy accessible to the public,” Griffiths said, and he did. His observatory on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles, opened in 1935, free to the public.
To this day, the Griffith Observatory, a visually arresting blend of Greek Revival and Art Deco design, in Griffith Park, does not charge for admission. Visitors have the best view of the Hollywood Sign from up here (no need for a telescope to see that giant work of letters), as well as seeing a superb panorama of much of Los Angeles.
The Griffith Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, live shows, a café and gift shop, and the ability to look through one of its telescopes. Watch a bit of ethereal entertainment in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. The Griffith Observatory is a gift to this planet, as it studies others, like showing live coverage of the 2008 Phoenix spacecraft landing on Mars!