Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan

Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan, Montreal: Hours, Address, Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan Reviews: 4/5

Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan

Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan
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Observatories & Planetariums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
In order to always offer a new and more immersive experience of the Universe and its wonders, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium will be closed from September 8 to October 15 inclusively to renew its projection equipment and astronomical navigation software. With the Biodome, the Botanical Garden and the Insectarium, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is part of the Montreal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex and Montreal's top must see attraction. Packages available. Change your perspective at the Montreal Space for Life. Plunge into a thrilling odyssey to the sounds of symphonic music at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Discover the beautiful starry sky above Montreal with a skilled astronomy interpreter. Like an explorer, embark on an exciting virtual journey that will take you thousands of light years away from Earth, to the stars and beyond! Located close to the Biodome, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium offers a completely fresh experience of astronomy.
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Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Olympic Park & Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa)
Named for the Olympic Stadium complexes built for the 1976 games, the Olympic Park and the surrounding neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa) make up an invigorated area dedicated to "Space for Life." Around the Olympic Village's arenas and stadiums, Rue Sherbrooke welcomes exploration of its sculpture gardens decorated in the works of Jean-Paul Riopelle and its museum culture headed by the historical Château Dufresne. Maisonneuve Park offers interactive experiences at its bio-dome, insectarium, planetarium, and botanical gardens. For a change of scene, the gentrified space along Rue Ontario Est is packed with the city's newest, edgiest cafes, where an imaginative, youthful crowd sips foamy cappuccinos. A visit here is incomplete without stepping into the vast halls of the Maisonneuve Market, with flower stalls, wine depots, and local produce.
How to get there
  • Viau • 4 min walk
  • Pie-IX • 10 min walk
Popular mentions

4.0
538 reviews
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Poor
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Terrible
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DJ
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
Needs an update
Aug. 2021 • Family
Needs an update. Content needed some more creativity. Bean bag chairs were cool. Content needs some to be more fun. If it’s winter perhaps
Written 3 August 2021
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karlpenney
Halifax, Canada22 contributions
Good shows, minimal other exhibits
Jan. 2020
The shows in the two theatres were good. You can only reserve two, but if it's not super busy you can see them all. The other exhibits were minimal, mostly meteorites. This place could be so much more.
Written 31 January 2020
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John Doe
9 contributions
Super expensive and cultural speaking very poor
Jan. 2020
They only have movie screening to offer you. Nothing else. No immersion experience, no funny entertainment, nothing but a 180º degree film projection.
Written 4 January 2020
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C.A.R.
29 contributions
Always Interesting
Dec. 2019 • Family
We went with 2 children ages 6 and 8. The Planetarium has helpful descriptions and age ranges for each show. This is important because you will be asked to leave if your child cries during the show. Also, make sure your show is in the language you need. There are shows in French and shows in English. There are many interesting exhibits for children including a piece of meteorite from Mars. There is a nice gift shop but check the exchange rate if you are paying in U.S. currency.
Written 31 December 2019
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Ashish D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India575 contributions
Wonderful shows in both the theatres!
Oct. 2019
Great experience to relive our solar system and the cosmos. Excellent light and sound show at the adjacent theatre!
Written 30 December 2019
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Kathleen C
Saint Paul, MN116 contributions
Included on the Montreal Passport
Oct. 2019
Included on the Montreal Passport. The Planetarium is geared more toward children, but it is a good stop for adults, too. The show in the Planetarium, Continuum, was more like an art film than science, which was okay with me. There was also an exhibit of pencil drawings of the 30 craters on the moon named for women, simultaneously highlighting the under-representation of women's contributions in science and the impact: a crater is an empty space, but it is formed by an impact, forever leaving a reminder.
Written 27 October 2019
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Nana_Geanie
Salem, NH52 contributions
Excellent theater shows
Sep. 2019
This is a small museum with only one main exhibit hall. However, there is much to see and learn! The theater shows are a must-see and a major highlight! We went to two shows and had lunch in the museum cafe, which was very good.
Written 28 September 2019
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Dave B
Fareham, UK339 contributions
Great shows
Sep. 2019 • Couples
It's a planetarium, so not much outside of the shows, however the two we saw were really good, with the one narrated by Tom Hanks a personal highlight, with lots of food for thought

It is however a LONG walk from the botanical gardens, who sell combination tickets. My mum would never had made it between the two venues
Written 24 September 2019
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Ashley
18 contributions
Movie Theater
Aug. 2019
I have read and read reviews leading up to my Montreal trip. If you are expecting a museum, you are going to be disappointed. The Planetarium is a movie theatre for space themed shows. We saw Planet 9 and Passport to the Universe. They were really well done and both my boyfriend and I (23) enjoyed them. The exhibits are nice to read and walk through because they are educational, but you will not spend a lot of time with the exhibits. Going Thursday was great for us because we reserved the tickets in advance and so we knew we would get into the shows they wanted. Do know that they do 2/3s of their showtimes in French. This is a French speaking country so it was expected. MAKE SURE YOU READ THE SCHEDULE ONLINE BEFORE GOING. We read the schedule online and then planned our day around when we wanted to be at the planetarium to make the most out of our days. Most of the trailers are in English and French on youtube (with links from their site to the videos) so that you can watch them to see what you are getting into. Just remember you are not paying for a museum with exhibits, but for movie tickets. If you remember that then personally, I don't think you will be too disappointed.
Written 31 August 2019
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Suz
Wexford, Ireland351 contributions
Cool place
Aug. 2019 • Family
A cool place to visit and the two shows we went to were really good.

Lots of interactive things for the kids to do in between shows.

We stopped into the cafe. This was a little shambolic and coffee was the worst I have had.
Written 19 August 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan

Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan is open:
  • Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 8:30 pm