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Friends: Basic Memberships
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  • Exclusive member-only access to advance reservations (up to eight people) for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium shows (reservation requests must be submitted at least 72 hours in advance of show time)

  • Guaranteed parking with planetarium show reservation

  • "Speed of Light Access" line with seating in South Gallery before planetarium shows

  • One-year subscription to the Griffith Observer magazine AND FOTO newsletter Update

  • 10% discount at the Café at the End of the Universe AND at the Stellar Emporium

  • E-mail updates on Griffith Observatory astronomical events and invitations to special lectures and member events

  • Acknowledgement of your support for Griffith Observatory on the FOTO website and one personalized membership card

Your deductible contribution is $27.00
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All of the preceding Planet benefits, PLUS:
  • TWO FREE tickets to a Cosmic Musings Lecture

Your deductible contribution is $57.00
Friends: Upper-level Memberships
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All of the preceding Star benefits, PLUS:
  • TWO FREE additional tickets (FOUR total) to the Cosmic Musings Lecture Series

  • Preferred parking by reservation (ONE space per membership per visit subject to availability)

Your deductible contribution is $187.00
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All of the preceding Supernova benefits, PLUS:
  • TWO FREE additional tickets (SIX total) to the Cosmic Musings Lecture Series

  • Priority notification for astronomy travel programs

Your deductible contribution is $417.00
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All of the preceding Galaxy benefits, PLUS:
  • Recognition on donor wall located in Griffith Observatory

  • Invitation for you and a guest to the Griffith Observatory Director’s Luncheon

Your deductible contribution is $857.00
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All of the preceding Constellation benefits, PLUS:
  • Pre-arranged, after-hours private Zeiss telescope viewing for up to 10 guests at Griffith Observatory

Your deductible contribution is $2,082.00
Society Level Memberships
Astronomer's Society
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Astronomer's Society
All of the preceding Quasar benefits, PLUS:
  • Personal concierge service for Griffith Observatory activities including access to reserved parking and Samuel Oschin Planetarium show reservations

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Griffith Observatory

  • Invitations to all Astronomers Society exclusive special events

  • Pre-arranged, after-hours private Zeiss telescope viewing for up to 10 guests at Griffith Observatory

  • Telescope “Star Party” with trained Telescope Demonstrator at your home or location of your choice in greater Los Angeles area for you and your guests

  • Recognition in annually published Astronomers Society Honor Roll

  • Complimentary subscriptions to the Griffith Observer magazine and FOTO newsletter Update

Your deductible contribution is the amount of your gift less the fair market value of $618.00

• Member Benefits are subject to change or substitution without notice.


Friends Of The Observatory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Our tax ID# is 95-3374645. The portion of any contribution equal to the value of the membership benefits provided by FOTO is not tax-deductible. The value of such benefits will be noted in FOTO's acknowledgement of your contribution.

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