Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Griffith Observatory

After our trip to La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, We decided to take the drive up to Griffith Observatory to round out our day in true scientific style!

We were impressed by the exhibits within. Beautiful paintings adorn the ceiling upon entering the building, and there are some wonderful examples of discoveries by Tesla and a Periodic Table of Elements with samples of real elements. The latter had the Chemistry Major in me wagging her tail!

Downstairs was an area devoted to the planets and to the expanse of space. Visitors could stand on various scales and see how much they would weigh on each of the planets in our solar system. I thought it was kind of fun!

I was also very much impressed with the architecture of the building itself. I loved seeing all of the details from the 1930's, and the view of both the city and the Hollywood sign can't be beaten!

Definitely take the drive up to the observatory if you get the chance! You won't be sorry!

Cost: free, $3-$7 for Planetarium Live Programs
Distance from LAX: about 25 miles, or 45 minutes
What to see: Samuel Oschin Planetarium, Wilder Hall of the Eye, Ahmanson Hall of the Sky, Edge of Space, Gunther Depths of Space, and more

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