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There are a number of fabulous exhibits at the Griffith Observatory. Each is designed for the visitors to be an observer, a student of what is going on around us in space and time. There are twelve exhibits on the first floor and seven exhibits on the lower floor for a total of nineteen exhibits.
The Main Level of the Observatory is "all things space". From fine art to delicate instruments to large scale models, this level will amaze everyone who enters.
Samuel Oschin Planetarium
Located in the Griffith Observatory, the cutting-edge, 290-seat planetarium has three unique shows each day: Each show is presented by a live narrator.
. Centered in the Universe - a panoramic view of the origins of earth.
. Water Is Life - travel the solar system in search of water, the elixir of life.
. Light of the Valkyries - a spectacular view of the Northern Lights.
There is a fee to see each show; $7/adults, $5/seniors and students with ID and $3/children between 5 & 12 (younger children are free during the first show only). There are no refunds. Tickets can only be purchased in person at the Observatory on the day of the showing. There are multiple showings a day.
Wilder Hall of the Eye Exhibits
This exhibit presents the history of man observing the sky, planets, stars, sun and moon. There are six stations within the Eye Exhibits:
. Observing in California: a look at California's role in observing the sky.
. Beyond the Visible: Close up views of the Milky Way.
. Tesla Coil: A look at historic equipment that was a step toward wireless electricity
. Extending the Eye: A view of optical instruments through history.
. Using the Sky: See how our ancestors watched the sky
. Camera Obscura: A 360 degree look at the LA area.