A popular tourist attraction with various scientific displays and great views.
The Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with the goal of making astronomy accessible to the public in a time where such things were remote and reserved for scientists. This goal was achieved and has been a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike ever since. Griffith Observatory was one of only three planetariums in the country when it opened. Throughout its life, this has been the filming location for dozens of movies and television shows including Rebel Without a Cause, Back to the Future, The Terminator, Transformers, and La La Land. During World War II, the planetarium was used to train pilots for celestial navigation and was again used to train astronauts for the first lunar missions in the Apollo program in the 1960s.
There is plenty to do and see at Griffith Observatory. Learn all about space and our place in it by wandering through the various exhibits both inside and outside and enjoy looking through public telescopes or catch a live show that plays daily about the wonders of the cosmos. There are many sights to be seen outside the observatory, such as views of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the Hollywood Sign, and the Pacific Ocean. Admission to Griffith Observatory is and always has been free to the public. Hours are from 12 PM - 10 PM Tuesday through Friday and 10 AM - 10 PM Saturday and Sunday, and it is closed on Mondays.