Griffith Observatory is a Must-See Destination

Splendid Art Deco Architecture of Historic Griffith Observatory

Splendid Art Deco Architecture of Historic Griffith Observatory

Observatory Entrance

Observatory Entrance

Astronomical Dome

Astronomical Dome

Ballin Ceiling Mural Overhead

Ballin Ceiling Mural Overhead

Ballin Mural - Moon and Comet

Ballin Mural – Moon and Comet

Ballin Mural - Woman Holding Star of Bethlehem

Ballin Mural – Woman Holding Star of Bethlehem

Foucault Pendulum Demonstrating Rotation of Earth

Foucault Pendulum Demonstrating Rotation of Earth

2,200 Pieces of Celestial Jewelry on Ribbon of Time Wall

2,200 Pieces of Celestial Jewelry on Ribbon of Time Wall

View of Foggy Los Angeles Basin from Observatory

View of Foggy Los Angeles Basin from Observatory

Camera Zoom of Hollywood Sign from Observatory

Camera Zoom of Hollywood Sign from Observatory

Griffith Observatory is a must-see destination when visiting Los Angeles, California.  This historic building has beautiful art deco architecture, fabulous scientific displays, and views overlooking the entire Los Angeles basin and iconic Hollywood sign.  The views at sunset and evening are said to be particularly lovely.  Many famous movies and television shows were filmed at this location including Transformers, Terminator, and Rebel Without a Cause. 

The Observatory first opened in 1935, and general admission has always been free.  It was closed in 2002 for renovation, and reopened in November 2006 with expanded space and new exhibits.  Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame) and his wife Susan donated $1 million to the Observatory for renovation and science education for children.  The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater is named in their honor.  More info about Griffith Observatory is at:  http://www.griffithobservatory.org/   The TV show “Dancing with the Stars” performed an opening dance routine at Griffith Observatory in September 2016:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1_ucY0RjzI&app=desktop

More info about the Hollywood sign and seasonal viewing shuttles from Griffith Park is at:  http://hollywoodsign.org/    The Hollywood sign was originally an advertisement for a housing development and said “Hollywoodland”.  Each letter is 45 feet tall.  A really fun TV show on the history of the sign is by Huell Howser of California’s Gold.  The show includes interviews with workmen who built the sign and pranks played over the years.   You can watch it at:  https://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/2007/08/12/the-hollywood-sign-huell-howser/

 

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Griffith Observatory is a Must-See Destination

  1. Inger says:

    Wow – the ceiling mural is spectacular!!

  2. Fascinating – thanks for the tip and the mini-tour!

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