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Map: 9 Los Angeles Planetariums That Are Open to the Public

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The warm nights of summer would be so perfect for stargazing if there were ever a clear night and a total lack of light pollution in Southern California. So that's right out. But there are always planetariums—there are tons scattered throughout Los Angeles, mostly at schools (Beverly Hills High has its own, natch), and several are open to the public for regular or occasional shows. (Most allow children, but some restrict young children or only allow them at certain times.) A lot are even free. Here's a map of all nine to visit:

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1. Samuel Oschin Planetarium

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2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800
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The planetarium at Griffith Observatory is obviously a must-visit for everyone. Admission to the Observatory and its astronomy exhibits is free, but planetarium shows cost a few bucks. They're held eight to 10 times a day. [Image via steve]

2. UCLA Planetarium

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520 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

UCLA has a delightful little planetarium on the eighth floor of their Mathematical Sciences Building with free shows most Wednesday evenings led by graduate students. There are also telescope viewings afterward.

3. Drescher Planetarium

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Pico Boulevard & 17th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Santa Monica College's planetarium hosts two shows every Friday night, at $6 for one or $11 for two.

4. Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium

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California State University Northridge, Lindley Avenue & Matador Walk
Northridge, CA 91325

CSU Northridge has a pretty spacious planetarium and offers somewhat regular shows at $6 for one and $10 for two a night.

5. El Camino College Planetarium

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Crenshaw Boulevard & Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90249

El Camino College's Astronomy Department holds free shows about once a month while school is in session.

6. Garvey Ranch Observatory

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781 South Orange Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91755

Not technically a planetarium, but on Wednesday nights, the LA Astronomical Society leads viewings from the observatory.

7. Glendale Community College Planetarium

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1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208

GCC holds free shows on Thursdays at 12:30 pm while classes are in session.

8. Tessman Planetarium

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West 17th Street & North Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

The planetarium at Santa Ana College holds regular public shows on a variety of topics at $6 on weekdays and $7 on the weekends. They recommend you buy tickets online in advance.

9. Los Angeles Valley College Planetarium

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5800 Fulton Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91401

The LAVC hosts planetarium shows on all different topics about once a month, with telescope viewings afterward. They're $6 for adults.

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1. Samuel Oschin Planetarium

2800 E Observatory Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The planetarium at Griffith Observatory is obviously a must-visit for everyone. Admission to the Observatory and its astronomy exhibits is free, but planetarium shows cost a few bucks. They're held eight to 10 times a day. [Image via steve]

2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. UCLA Planetarium

520 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

UCLA has a delightful little planetarium on the eighth floor of their Mathematical Sciences Building with free shows most Wednesday evenings led by graduate students. There are also telescope viewings afterward.

520 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

3. Drescher Planetarium

Pico Boulevard & 17th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Santa Monica College's planetarium hosts two shows every Friday night, at $6 for one or $11 for two.

Pico Boulevard & 17th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

4. Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium

California State University Northridge, Lindley Avenue & Matador Walk, Northridge, CA 91325

CSU Northridge has a pretty spacious planetarium and offers somewhat regular shows at $6 for one and $10 for two a night.

California State University Northridge, Lindley Avenue & Matador Walk
Northridge, CA 91325

5. El Camino College Planetarium

Crenshaw Boulevard & Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90249

El Camino College's Astronomy Department holds free shows about once a month while school is in session.

Crenshaw Boulevard & Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90249

6. Garvey Ranch Observatory

781 South Orange Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91755

Not technically a planetarium, but on Wednesday nights, the LA Astronomical Society leads viewings from the observatory.

781 South Orange Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91755

7. Glendale Community College Planetarium

1500 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208

GCC holds free shows on Thursdays at 12:30 pm while classes are in session.

1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208

8. Tessman Planetarium

West 17th Street & North Bristol Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

The planetarium at Santa Ana College holds regular public shows on a variety of topics at $6 on weekdays and $7 on the weekends. They recommend you buy tickets online in advance.

West 17th Street & North Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

9. Los Angeles Valley College Planetarium

5800 Fulton Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91401

The LAVC hosts planetarium shows on all different topics about once a month, with telescope viewings afterward. They're $6 for adults.

5800 Fulton Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91401