Lowell Observatory is located one mile west of downtown Flagstaff, Arizona atop Mars Hill. Founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell, the Observatory is an active research institution and also has a long history of informing and educating the public about astronomy. The Observatory welcomes over 70,000 visitors annually.
Guests enter the Mars Hill campus through the Steele Visitors Center. It has three main parts: an interactive exhibit hall and McAllister Space Theatre, the Giclas Lecture Hall, and northern Arizona’s finest astronomy gift shop. In the exhibit hall, visitors experience interactive displays such as Explore the Universe, Explore the Solar System, the hands-on Honeywell Children’s Exhibit, and much more. Regular guided Space Theatre programs introduce participants to everyday concepts of astronomy, current Lowell Observatory research, and current night sky highlights. The Lecture Hall features fascinating multimedia shows, set to music, that help visitors better understand astronomy, space, and the Observatory’s rich past and present.