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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
Phone Number: +1 928-774-3358
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00

Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research...

Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of Flagstaff, Arizona. For visitors, the Observatory offers telescope viewing, exhibits and science center, daytime guided tours, safe viewing of the Sun, multimedia programs, shows in the McAllister Space Theatre, special events throughout the year, and an astronomy gift shop.

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The observatory is situated over flagstaff, and one gets a great view of the city, but most importantly, the skies above! Professional astronomers offer lectures and... read more

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Juan G
San Diego, United States
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San Diego, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The observatory is situated over flagstaff, and one gets a great view of the city, but most importantly, the skies above! Professional astronomers offer lectures and demonstrations that make this pleace really stand out. Sure, one can go learn about the discovery of Pluto, but its the star gazing and demonstrations that make this a superb visit. Bring a jacket,... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went with the intention to learn a little more about astronomy and to look through the telescopes. We got to do that, but there was so much more. The evening was cold which limited the time I spent looking through the telescopes (one was outside and the larger one in the observatory had the overhead door open of course).... More 

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New Haven, CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The entrance fee gets you both daytime and nighttime talks including star viewing if the weather is clear. The daytime tours run about an hour each and visit two of the historic telescopes in the complex. You get a hand stamp for the day, so leave and come back for the night talks. Spend an hour or 4, depending on... More 

Thank huangj02
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were surprised at the past, present, and future of this iconic observatory. Lots of hands on activities for adults and children. Interesting items in the gift shop. The guides were college students studying in the field.

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this when in Flagstaff. Guides have a passion for the mission of Lowell when many options to learn the history of science through stories told.

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Cypress, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff is very friendly and informative. We saw the sun through one of their telescopes. Enjoyed the Pluto tour.

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Upland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small place but amazing viewing. I stayed at the Embassy suites 2 miles away and you can see a lot of stars there but if you go here a few miles away from the hotel you will see an incredible amount of stars. The day I went it was cold but clear and I seen the Milky way. One show... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lowell Observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing, but in my opinion, the best time to visit is on a clear night, to get full advantage of the telescope viewing. They are open year round, 6-days a week, from 10-10, and on Sunday's from 10-5. From downtown near the railway station, take Santa Fe Avenue West until it intersects with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting Flagstaff briefly and our waiter recommended going up here for a visit. We enjoyed the star gazing in the different telescopes but even better were the staff that gave talks. We listened to one in the little room in the museum and she was so enthusiastic about space travel! Others who were working beside the telescopes were... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family of six, four adults and two children, went to the Lowell Observatory on a cloudy night. We looked through three telescopes, visited an exhibit and looked in the gift shop. We were supposed to see Mars when we looked through the first telescope. We saw a blur. The second telescope showed us an exploding star. It looked like... More 

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