Lowell Observatory

1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 USA

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“one of the world's 100 most important places”

Lowell Observatory is an astronomical observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Lowell Observatory was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. In 2011, the Observatory was named one of "The World's 100 Most Important Places" by TIME. The Observatory's original 24-inch (0.61 m) Alvan Clark Telescope is still in use today for public education. Lowell Observatory hosts 80,000 visitors per year at their Steele Visitors Center who take guided daytime tours and view various wonders of the night sky through the Clark Telescope and other telescopes. It was founded by astronomer Percival Lowell, and run for a time by his third cousin Guy Lowell of Boston's well-known Lowell family. The current trustee of Lowell Observatory is William Lowell Putnam III, grandnephew of founder Percival Lowell and son of long-time trustee Roger Putnam. The position of trustee is historically handed down through the family.

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My wife and I went to the observatory on a Wednesday night. I had very low expectations. I thought that maybe there would be pictures of stars and the telescope would not be open to the public. I... Read more

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Really great experience with my boys! The day time tour is a must if you wanna be able to get around at night (very dark) plus good tour to learn the history. Came back at night to look through... Read more

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Just a amazing experiance. Next time I'm bokking a Hotel in Flagstaff, just to get the opportunity to take a look into the Clark Telescope at night time Trveler from Norway Read more

Lowell Observatory

1400 W Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, Arizona
86001 USA

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Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Tue: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun, Mon, Wed - Sat: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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