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Mount Wilson Observatory

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  • Angeles National Forest
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Mount Wilson Observatory
Photograph: Courtesy Dave Jurasevich/Mt. Wilson Observatory

Time Out says

High up in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Mount Wilson Observatory affords terrific views of the surrounding region. Look out for ticketed, daytime docent-led tours on weekends. Admission to the grounds is free, but you'll need to buy a Forest Service Adventure Pass in order to park at the site as it's located within the Angeles National Forest; see the website for full details.


Mount Wilson Rd
Los Angeles
Parking $5, observatory tour $15
Opening hours:
Daily 10am–5pm. Tours Sat, Sun 11:30am, 1pm.
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Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome

  • Classical and opera

Listen to classical and jazz in a dome more than a mile above L.A. during this mountaintop concert series. The Mount Wilson Observatory is hosting monthly concerts this summer (after an abbreviated version of its season last year) inside the dome of its 100-inch Hooker telescope, which was the largest telescope in the world for much of the first half of the 20th century. The schedule includes Beethoven and Mozart on May 22, chamber music on June 19, jazz on July 17, a brass quintet on August 7, more jazz on September 4 and Bach on October 2. In all cases, you’ll find shows at 3 and 5pm. Tickets cost $50 (that also includes access to the exhibit at the observatory) and it’s highly recommended that you buy them in advance since seating is limited. You’ll need to be able to climb 53 steps to reach the dome, and children under 12 aren’t permitted. 

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