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    Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Yesterday I took my family (wife, tadpole, mother, niece and nephew in law) to the "sneak preview" of the Griffith Observatory. The Observatory has been closed since 2002, almost five years, while the entire interior has been redone, a new level opened, and more high tech exhibits installed.

    We started the tour on the replanted lawn (they dug up the entire front lawn, and created a basement with deep space and planetary exhibits underneath. This is a special area for me - many a night I'd participate in star parties where people would bring telescopes and aim at different objects in the night sky (by the way, these aren't my pictures - these come courtesy another visitor):



    The statue of James Dean looks freshly scrubbed:





    The new exhibit area under the lawn:











    Albert Einstein (I have a picture of me sitting next to him on my cellphone that I'll post later):













    A scale model of the entire observatory:








    Always a breathaking view from all levels:





    One of the highlights of the new exhibits is the first reproduction of the first telescope - Galileo's telescope, the view from which changed the world. There's only one in Florence, Italy, and a team went and took measurements and used original materials to reproduce it for the observatory.



    You can read more about it at: http://www.scitechantiques.com/Galileo_telescope/

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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto View Post

    Very cool! It's one of the greatest places in the city, and I'm thrilled that J.D. kept his spot!
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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Oooo ... it looks great! I'm going on November 4th and can't wait! And, for anybody else who stops by here, you have to go to the Observatory website and make reservations in order to be admitted. They aren't allowing any cars up there once it opens up, you'll have to park at various shuttle locations ... where a shuttle (obviously) will take you up.


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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Stitch74 View Post
    Oooo ... it looks great! I'm going on November 4th and can't wait! And, for anybody else who stops by here, you have to go to the Observatory website and make reservations in order to be admitted. They aren't allowing any cars up there once it opens up, you'll have to park at various shuttle locations ... where a shuttle (obviously) will take you up.
    Yes, you're completely correct. Gone are the days of just stopping by and grabbing a parking space on the top lot. There are two shuttle locations - one is at the LA Zoo, which is free, and the other is at Hollywood and Highland's center, which is validated if you eat or shop at H&H.

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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto View Post
    Yes, you're completely correct. Gone are the days of just stopping by and grabbing a parking space on the top lot. There are two shuttle locations - one is at the LA Zoo, which is free, and the other is at Hollywood and Highland's center, which is validated if you eat or shop at H&H.
    http://www.griffithobs.org/vshuttle.html
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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Nice report FB! Thanks for posting this, I have been very curious about the changes and clean up.

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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Nice!

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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Darn ... it wasn;t opened when we visited a few weeks ago. Maybe next time. They should make a cable car (skyway) to go up there!

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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Wow..I remember going there in 1998 with my grandma, I wanna go again!

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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Thanks for the great pics! You just saved me 16 bucks!


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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Do you really have to pay to go in? The info on the website was confusing to me...lol!
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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Finally, the Griffith Observatory is open again. Yay! Southern California didn't seem the same without it.

    I think I'll try taking the Red Line subway to the Hollywood & Highland complex and transfer to the shuttle there. That sounds like a fun trip and even more convenient than driving up to the lot at the top of the hill.

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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Thats awesome thanks for the pics. I haven't been there in ages. I think the last time I was there was back in 2001 and thats when they already stated they will be closing for a very long time. I thought it was never coming back.. Looks AWESOME!.. Can't wait to bring my kids there.
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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    I posted this in the other thread, but didn't get an answer.

    What about Lazerium??? Is it gone? I didn't see any mention of it.


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    Re: Griffith Observatory Sneak Preview

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    I posted this in the other thread, but didn't get an answer.

    What about Lazerium??? Is it gone? I didn't see any mention of it.
    Where's the other thread? I didn't see another thread on this, but sorry if this was a double post.

    Not all the schedules are up yet, but when they completely installed the new dome and planetarium show system, which includes digital projectors, they also installed a new laser system, so I'm assuming that the laserium shows will be back.

    My niece, who used to work there before the construction began, said that the staff were very unpleased with the types of people that would show up for the laser shows, and their drug usage on property, and voted against it. How much an "employee vote" carries, I don't know.

    The one part that was closed during the sneak preview was the new dome and auditorium, which was a shame - I really wanted to see the mosaic compass rose on the floor that took over a year to install, reportedly. But I guess we'll know in just over two weeks!

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