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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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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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We had a great visit. Our 12 year old loved all the information and the telescopes. The tours guides were very informative. Kevin exceeded our expectations.

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Reed City, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great visit. Our 12 year old loved all the information and the telescopes. The tours guides were very informative. Kevin exceeded our expectations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

During our drive from the Grand Canyon to Phoenix we stopped in Flagstaff and went to the Lowell Observatory. My husband is an amateur astronomer so it was a must for us. There is a visitor center and from there they give you a map of the campus and the times of the various presentations. It also provided insight into... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had never been to an observatory before and I though since we were in the mountains with great views of the stars we would be able to see something cool. I guess I was expecting a little too much, all the photos that Ive seen of space are usually taken by the Hubble or something similar but that's what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Attended a very informative lecture on Pluto, which included experiments with liquid nitrogen. Suitable for adolescents and teens if they are interested in science and astronomy. The gift shop had fun & interesting items, not your typical tourist junk. We also went to look at the 121 year old telescope, which blew our socks off--so cool! Our only disappointment was... More 

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Thank TheBigTrain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Arizona skies are awesome, especially when you get to see close up views of sections of the night sky. Great and knowledgeable staff. I loved the history of the observatory as well as the history of the universe! Wonderful experience!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Three of us made a morning and evening visit to sample a few of the program offerings. We looked online first to plan our trip but the woman who took our admission cost filled us in very well. There are a lot of programs, including star and planet viewings after dark. The docents were all very knowledgeable and the observatory... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for about 3 hours. I wish we would of gone with more time to see all the shows and presentations. They have different shows for the kids and I have to tell you on some I was more excited than they were, so it is fun for adults. They are incredibly knowledgeable and the presentations are very well... More 

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Saugerties, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The talks at the observatory recquire you to have a higher level of education; children will be bored. We enjoyed all of the lectures, the tours and the trouble telescope viewing. A great value!

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London, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this place. Go later in the afternoon so you stay for the evening activities. Looking through the telescopes was really awesome!

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Burlington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a clear night and the numerous talks and demonstrations were very well organized. It would seem that the students and staff would get burnt out telling the same things to tourist and newbies every night but they had a very positive attitude. The entire family loved the place. Try to stop by during daylight so you can see... More 

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