Frequently-Asked Questions

Is there disabled parking at the Observatory?
Yes. Those in vehicles with disabled plates or placards may park in the reserved spaces in the Observatory's front lot.

May I bring food or drinks into the Observatory?
No. Food and drinks are not permitted in the building. However, you may purchase food and drinks at the Observatory's Café at the End of the Universe on the lower level.

Are there picnic facilities available?
No. Food and drinks are available from the Café at the End of the Universe.

Is smoking allowed at Griffith Observatory?
No. Smoking is prohibited at all facilities and grounds throughout Griffith Park, including the Observatory's interior, grounds, and parking lot. This is especially critical given the danger of fire in Griffith Park. Park Rangers will be enforcing the rules and the fines are very steep.

May I bring alcohol to the building?
No. Alcohol is prohibited in the building, on the Observatory grounds, and in the parking lot and adjacent roads.

Are animals allowed inside the building?
No. The Observatory does not permit animals inside the building. The only exceptions are service animals and service animals in training. Service animals are those who have been individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

I lost something at the Observatory. How do I reach your Lost and Found?
Call Griffith Observatory at (213) 473-0800, and ask for Lost and Found.

May I bring my skates/skateboard/scooter or any other wheeled toy device?
No. Such items are not permitted in the building or on the Observatory grounds.

How do I learn more about Griffith Observatory?
Explore the Observatory’s website at

How do I obtain more information about Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO)?
Visit FOTO’s website at Only members of FOTO are able to make advance reservations for shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, among other member benefits.

When did Griffith Observatory originally open?
May 14, 1935.

When did Griffith Observatory close for renovation and expansion?
January 6, 2002.

When did the Observatory reopen to the public?
November 3, 2006.

How much did it cost to renovate and expand Griffith Observatory?
The Griffith Observatory renovation and expansion project cost $93 million. Roughly two-thirds of the funds came from public sources, primarily city, county, and state bond funding. Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO) directly raised nearly a third of the required funds and also participated actively in securing much of the other funding for the project.

When did drive-up access to the building resume?
Public drive-up access to the Observatory resumed on Saturday, November 03, 2007. Reservations are no longer required to visit.

When may my school come to Griffith Observatory again?
The Observatory conducts it's formal fifth grade school program from October - June each year. The program integrates experiences for fifth-grade classes in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon, and among the Observatory's exhibits and instruments. Reservations usually open in September. For more information about the program, click here.

If your students are NOT in fifth grade, you may still bring them to visit the Observatory during public hours of operation. While there is not a formal program for other grades, our knowledgeable and experienced Museum Guides are located around the building to help make your visit successful.

When may I rent space at Griffith Observatory for an event, meeting, or filming?
Generally only when the Observatory is closed to the public (Mondays). However, use of space at the Observatory also requires a clear linkage to/with the Observatory's mission of public astronomy and science. No rentals are possible at any time for personal events (e.g., birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs). Please check here for more information.

For More Information

If you have additional questions regarding a visit to Griffith Observatory, please call the Observatory's General Information Line at:
(213) 473-0800 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time.