Mark your calendars – the historic Griffith Observatory is due to finally re-open after a very long rennovation and expansion this fall. The Observatory, which celebrated its 71st anniversary on (the building opened May 14, 1935), has been closed to the public since early January 2002 for its reported $90 million dollar make-over. Unfortunately this closure coincided with my new arrival to Los Angeles so all I really know about the Observatory is that it’s a popular meeting point in Alias and that the Museum of Jurassic Technology has an exhibit of angry letters dated around its opening from people who believe it was blasphemous. I can’t wait to visit it for the first time this year!
From the website below (specific strategic points can be read here):
Every system and element of the Observatory is being restored to its original grandeur and improved for the current level of public use (nearly two million visitors a year), including a state-of-the-art planetarium theater.
The Observatory is also being expanded to better meet the needs of its many visitors. By excavating under a portion of the front lawn and western terrace, we are doubling the size of the Observatory without changing the classic appearance of the building. Among the additions are a new presentation theater, two large new exhibit areas, a new on-site cafe, an expanded bookstore, new elevators (to improve access to the entire building), and more restrooms. The Observatory’s exhibit program is also being restored, reconfigured, and greatly expanded.
Can’t wait? The Griffith Observatory Satellite is waiting for you during this process!
Image is from dome construction back in 1933.