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Lowell Observatory

1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
+1 928-774-3358
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Night time tour

Our troop went on a Summer Adventure and decided to do tent camping on this trip through the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Antlers, Oklahoma
Great astronomy education!

We made the mistake of visiting during AZ monsoon season. Sky viewing was out of the question. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
+1 928-774-3358
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our troop went on a Summer Adventure and decided to do tent camping on this trip through the National Parks in Arizona. We did make detours such as this trip to Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Our group booked a private nighttime tour of the observatory...More

Thank Visilea
Reviewed 3 days ago

We made the mistake of visiting during AZ monsoon season. Sky viewing was out of the question. The staff give various presentations on astronomy that are highest quality. Lecturers very well informed and willing to answer questions without any disruption. Highest quality use of media...More

Thank danf552017
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit for all ages...it's an historic observatory, one of the oldest in the country where many notable discoveries were made Be sure and take the tour, air through some of the presentations and just enjoy the idyllic setting It's...More

Thank davefoshee
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a neat place! I had no idea it was there. There was a monsoon that came along with me (scary!) but the staff knew better than to trek us out into a metal building with nearby lighting strikes. Eventually it calmed and the tour...More

Thank lhenne4th
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an enjoyable place! Easy to walk around and you will leave learning things that you will find very interesting about the telescopes and the Lowell family. I will definitely go back and take the tours again. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. This...More

Thank Sheina J
Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought this might be similar to the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, CA which offers indoor shows, but it is not. While the Lowell Observatory appeared to be a nice activity, once we got there, we found that what we could do and...More

Thank sherijim3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit. The observatory is famous for finding Pluto. Of course, I know Pluto is no longer a planet, but using the same criteria, neither is Earth a planet. Viewing with a telescope was spotty because of the clouds. The staff was enthusiastic and...More

Thank thththth
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saturday night in Flagstaff, AZ. was spent at the Lowell Observatory at their evening program. A Lowell scientist actually discovered the dwarf planet Pluto. Fascinating, informative and just a short drive from the Old Town area. This is a must see for all.

Thank Gary A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was never so disappointed in my life. I really wanted to see this and thought my 2 grandkids would like it also and they were excited. Walked into the entrance and was NOT greeted by a very enthusiastic man. We sat through 3 boring...More

1  Thank Maga48
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went during a time when there was planetary viewing setup so we got to see Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon through large and small telescopes. The constellation talk was informative. pick a night when cloud cover is not a factor.

Thank wej86
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Bryanna E
30 May 2017|
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Response from flextime789 | Reviewed this property |
That is the best way to roll. Get the lay of the land, listen to desired presentations, ask what is in view that night and what they recommend to see first due to crowd and lines. Then take in the universe great experience.
14 May 2017|
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Response from michlees | Reviewed this property |
Sensational at night but wouldn't bother in the day time
Andrea P
12 April 2017|
Response from saykenny | Reviewed this property |
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