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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 W Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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+1 928-774-3358
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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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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I've been wanting to go to the Lowell Observatory for a long time and it did NOT disappoint! We enjoyed a really great lecture on stars and galaxies (if you're a space nerd like... read more

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've been wanting to go to the Lowell Observatory for a long time and it did NOT disappoint! We enjoyed a really great lecture on stars and galaxies (if you're a space nerd like me, you'll love it!), then got to see the Orion Nebula out of their signature McAllister Telescope. Seeing the telescope where PlanetX (later Pluto) was discovered... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited with our 7 year old daughter and we all had a wonderful time. The telescopes are well set up and the people are very informative and pleasant and helpful. Its great the way they have some of the scopes set to show through computer screen. Highly recommend this place.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the main stops while visiting Flagstaff, AZ was Lowell Observatory. I purchased a Groupon prior to my trip which cost only $19.00 and it was for 2 days and up to 4 people. So it was great. We ended up giving another family the other 2 tickets. Our first night in Flagstaff we were suppose to go to... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Lowell property is very geared to tours, talks and education, as well as having a great gift-shop. Come and see the place where Pluto was discovered, attend some talks, walk the property, learn about astronomy and physics. Got kids? This is a MUST to increase their interest in STEM.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Highly recommended for anyone who shares the fascination of the cosmos! The scientists of the observatory are wonderful and they share their passion with their visitors. The different instruments let visitors see with their own eyes heavenly objects. LOVE IT!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool history to the observatory. It was also very pretty on the grounds itself. A lot more to do than I expected. The best part was you could tell the staff really cared about what they were talking about and we're happy to answer questions.

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We brought our 8 year old son and he loved it! The programs are very informative. It's a must do in Flagstaff

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very well run facility I was very impressed I was especially thrilled to see the Verkamp Meteorite, as I grew up at the Grand Canyon in the 1960s and 1970s. We local kids would saw away at it with the attached file without making a scratch!

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of American astronomy sounds dull to most of us but our guide really put a human face on it. He told the story of a Boston Brahman whose search for an answer to the question of intelligent life on Mars revolutionized astronomy, discovered Pluto and the expanding universe, and helped decide where to land astronauts on the moon.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure to look at schedule and go ob an evening from monday to saturday. This way you can look out of the clark telescope. :)

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