When Welsh immigrant Griffith Jenkins Griffith died, he gave his land to the city. The will specified that the land be used for leisure and relaxation. Built in 1935, the Observatory is a mix of Art Deco and Egyptian styles.
Besides an exceptional view of the stars, it offers a panoramic view of the city. Its very educational approach to the cosmos is remarkable. The Observatory organises scientific exhibitions and operates the popular planetarium. Nearly 70 million people have visited the Observatory since its reopening in 2006.
This celebrated building has been in a number of films, from Rebel Without a Cause to Charlie's Angels and, more recently, Yes Man. On the ground floor is the astronomy museum, whose central piece is a copy of Foucault's Pendulum, an experimental device designed to demonstrate the rotation of the earth.
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
+1 213 473 0800