Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

On a hill facing the Hollywood sign and at the summit of the Firebreak Trail sits the Griffith Observatory. Constructed in 1933 and opened to the public two years later the observatory has a number of exhibits like the Foucault pendulum in the lobby and the camera obscura giving views of downtown.

Foucault pendulum
Foucault pendulum

Also in the main building is the Tesla Coil, which is fire up regularly throughout the day.

Tesla Coil
Tesla Coil

The main reason people go during the day is the planetarium shows, giving a surrounded view of the night sky and of nearby planets. 

As the building is high on a hill, the views across LA are spectacular, especially if you are lucky enough to go when there is little to no smog.

LA Skyline from Griffith Observatory
LA Skyline from Griffith Observatory
LA Skyline from Griffith Observatory
LA Skyline from Griffith Observatory


Once again, much like at LACMA, there was someone sat under a tree, this time relaxing rather than meditating.

Relaxation
Relaxation

Evenings allow for star gazing, and the museum itself continues with ongoing astrological works.