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Lowell Observatory

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Address: 1400 W Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone Number: +1 928-774-3358
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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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History visited; on-going scientific work

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 NEW

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 1 week 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 1 week 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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edmond, oklahoma
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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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Port Orchard, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very cool place to check out not only can you see a great vie of Flagstaff from here but the stars, planets and all the information you learn. This was my first time to an observatory and it did not disappoint. The staff were very friendly and very helpful. A must to do while in the area.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in the day time to view what we could then we came back at night. It was super interesting they had one telescope set up on Saturn and a couple of other set up for our vetwing pleasure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Pluto Walk and I loved the science and history of Pluto's discovery. Our docent was well informed and entertaining. The admission fee is good for all day with in-and-out privileges, so while we toured in the morning on our way out of town, we could have come back late in the evening to use their night telescopes... More 

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