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Griffith Park Observatory

The Griffith Observatory has been a major Los Angeles landmark since 1935. It was visited by nearly two million people each year and ranked as one of the top tourist attractions of Southern California. It sits on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood where it commands a stunning view of the Los Angeles basin below.

Thousands of people enjoy the view from its balconies, especially at night. The Observatory grounds will be open to the public from 6 a.m. until 9:45 p.m. through at least July for visitors to enjoy the building's exterior and the spectacular view of Los Angeles. For safety reasons, the grounds (and some trail heads) will be closed when the Observatory becomes a hard-hat construction area.

The Observatory is owned, operated, and financed by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. It was a gift to the city by Col. Griffith J. Griffith (1850 - 1919), who also donated Griffith Park and the Greek Theatre.
The Observatory is a non-profit educational institution whose purpose is to provide information on astronomy and related sciences to the public. It is not a research institution, although from time to time it carries out modest research projects.

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