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Brisbane Planetarium

by Sally Foster (follow)
Reopened after a facelift

I love a planetarium because it is a reminder of how small we are in the grand scheme of things. Plus who doesn't love space?? The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium has just reopened after undergoing maintenance in 2019.

Located in the Botanic Gardens of Mt Coot-tha, the planetarium is a wonderful place for the whole family to enjoy with lots of exhibits perfect for kids of all ages. It is home to the Cosmic Skydome, which is a 12.5m diameter projection dome where you can enjoy a show, including a tour of the Brisbane night sky.

Credit: Planetarium Facebook Page

Other attractions at the planetarium includes:

- The foyer which includes artefacts and displays featuring fragments of asteroids, spacecraft models and a well-known replica of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo spacesuit.
- The gallery which leads you through the solar system through different galaxies and displays of telescopes and planets.
- Skylore which educates you about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Astronomy
- The Observatory where you can take a closer look at Brisbane's night sky
- Galaxy Gift Shop
- Sundial Courtyard

You can take in a show at the planetarium which are both entertaining and informative for adults and children. You can find out more about upcoming shows here. Bookings are essential for these shows.

There are even two upcoming shows dedicated to children so they can learn about space in a fun and colourful way. These shows are Perfect Little Planets and The Little Star That Could. You can find out more about these shows here.

Opening Hours: Open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm (open until 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays)

Admission Cost: Free. Ticket required for Cosmic Skydome shows

Location: Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Free on-site parking available.

After a visit to the planetarium you can take a stroll through the beautiful Botanic Gardens and have a visit to one of the playgrounds.

What do you think of the Brisbane Planetarium? Share your experience in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

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