The Observatory had been closed for several years, reopening at the end of 2006 with limited, advanced, timed-entry reservations only for the first year… yes, it’s that popular! We patiently waited for the hub-bub to die down as well as for Em and Ro to grow up a little… and finally this year, off we went on a hot, sunny, summer day for a visit. The Observatory is now over twice the size it once was (they built two new floors down into the mountain) but still retains its’ signature 1930s architecture with copper clad domes and white plaster.
One of the main features I used to be fascinated by was the Foucault Pendulum… apparently Em loves it too. The ceiling from which the brass pendulum swings was painted by artist Hugo Ballin.
Ro’s favorite sections were about the sun…After looking at everything inside, we went outside for a quick snack and to let the munchkins roam free on the large grass lawns.