Published Jun 23, 2010 at 1:04 PM | Updated at 8:29 AM PDT on May 15, 2019
Perched on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory is one of Los Angeles' most beloved landmarks, offering a celestial connection for a city that shines like a star.
Groundbreaking was June 20, 1933. Construction was completed in 1935. The Observatory at 1,134 feet above sea level was given to the city with the requirement that it be open to the public free of admission charge. It was built with funds from the bequest of the man who donated the land for Griffith Park, Griffith J. Griffith, and opened May 14, 1935 when he transferred ownership to the city.
Over the decades, it has become one of Los Angeles' most popular gathering spots, welcoming about 1.5 million visitors each year. The Observatory, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, is an educational facility that has a public observatory, planetarium and exhibition space.