MWO founder George Ellery Hale atop Mt. Wilson, 1904 Huntington Library


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Mount Wilson Observatory is operated by the Mount Wilson Institute under an agreement with the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The Observatory occupies lands belonging to the USDA Forest Service set aside under a long-term leasehold agreement between CIW and the USDA Forest Service. The Observatory subscribes to the USDA non-discrimination policy as expressed here.

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Filming at Mount Wilson Observatory

Its unique facilities, scenic beauty and proximity to the filming capital of the world, make Mount Wilson Observatory an attractive location for filming of all types, from television commercials, to educational programs, to feature motion pictures. Inquiries to the Observatory Director Dr. Hal McAlister from location managers are welcome and guidelines provide extensive information.

Location scouts can explore the Observatory in detail on-line through our spherical panoramic tours and get a nice overview by watching our 13-minute video narrated by Hugh Downs. There is also a beautiful and dramatic short film made at the 100-inch Hooker Telescope from which our modern understanding of the Universe was launched in the 1920s. This stunning film is best viewed by downloading and playing rather than streaming.

The Observatory is located in the Angeles National Forest, and all filming activities must first obtain a permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Information regarding that process can be found here.