Lowell Observatory

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Lowell Observatory
Flagstaff CVB

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1400 W Mars Hill Rd.

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Museums, Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

At the Lowell Observatory, visitors can conjure their inner-astronomer by peering through world-class telescopes and sitting in on lectures on topics like black holes and the history of Pluto. This observatory was founded in 1894 by the Harvard-graduated mathematician Percival Lowell. Throughout the years, the observatory has been credited with making a handful of important findings. In fact, researchers at the observatory were the first to discover Pluto.

Many travelers recommend visiting Lowell Observatory at night to get the most out of the experience, since that's when the stars are at their highest relief. Visitors also say the presentations put on by the observatory's knowledgeable staff are not to be missed.

The Lowell Observatory is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Sundays, it's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission, which includes day and evening programs, costs $12 for adults, though there are discounted admission prices for kids, seniors, college students, AAA members and those in the military. The observatory's location, just about a mile west of the city center, makes it convenient to other top things to do and restaurants. For more information, visit the Lowell Observatory's website

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