Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum

Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum

Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum
4.5
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
8:45 PM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
8:45 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:45 PM - 10:00 PM
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Carrie
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed our time here and well worth the reasonable fee ($25pp at time of writing). Enjoyable and educational. As others have stated, a hidden gem.
Written 2 January 2020
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Fletchworld
Ballarat1,205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
The Ballarat Observatory was founded in the 1800’s atop Mt Pleasant on the corner of Magpie and Cobden Streets.

The cluster of small buildings contains a selection of powerful telescopes - both modern and historic.

The knowledgeable staff patiently explain how then equipment works and what celestial bodies they are looking at.

The telescopes provide unrivalled views of the surface of the moon and planets, including Saturn’s rings and Jupiter’s moons.
Written 1 September 2019
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MarkSonjaDeclan
Pakenham, Australia37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
I was a little bit sceptical about visiting this attraction but I'm so pleased we did. Our guide for the evening, Phil, was knowledgeable and passionate about all the different telescopes held on site. What an amazing history they all have. We watched a couple of short 3D movies and had a tour while we waited for it to get dark. Once it was dark we were able to use the Federation Telescope to view the heavens. Jupiter, her moons and rings were so clear, fantastic. We were there for well over 2 hours and weren't bored at any stage. Really good value and a surprisingly interesting experience.
Written 16 July 2019
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Terry L
Jacobs Well, Australia737 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
This Observatory would have to be one of the best, I love looking at the stars and this was such an experience
Written 31 December 2018
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Fletchworld
Ballarat1,205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Family
We visited the Observatory as an excursion organised by my daughter's kindergarten. The Observatory is located near Sovereign Hill and has a number of displays relating to the site's long history. There were several modern telescopes to look through, which provided excellent views of the moon and other celestial bodies, such as the rings around Saturn. The staff were very knowledgeable and cheerfully answered all of our questions.
Written 4 March 2018
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Frank F
Castlemaine, Australia223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
We went to see astronomical photos as part of the International Photo Biennale but fell in love with the history and character of this public observatory (the oldest in Victoria). An interesting site with some marvellous historical equipment and records. The staff on duty were enthusiastic and helpful. The facility obviously operates on a shoestring but is an important part of the Ballarat heritage. Make you sure you support them on your next visit.
Written 6 September 2017
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JGDynamo
Canada2,158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
We did the evening tour and viewing at the Ballarat Observatory a few weeks ago and it was terrific. Our host was very animated and excited by the whole thing, we could tell he liked his job. The night was fairly clear so we were able to get a good look through the telescopes at the heavenly bodies, even with a fair number of people in the tour we all still had ample time to see lots and ask many questions which were all answered. Bring a coat or jumper as it gets a bit cool by the end of the tour and viewing but worth the time to come and check it out. Note to the observatory web master, the web page is severely out of date showing Feb-March 2015 activities, which maybe haven’t changed but possibly will make people think you aren’t open. Just a suggestion for bettering business.
Written 9 December 2016
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hlmh
Singapore373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
Very impressed with the knowledge of both staff we met. Very friendly as well. The children loved it. Except that in summer, the sun sets late, and by the time we finished, it was past 10pm and the weather was chilly.
Written 22 November 2016
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whisperingwaters2016
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
The highlight of the night was definitely the presenter. He was clearly passionate about astronomy, and science in general, and his passion was contagious. Every question or comment was valued and some great discussions took place.
Written 5 September 2016
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KateStanhope
Melbourne, Australia262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2016 • Couples
This is a great place for using your brain! ... parents should try to do this before bringing very small children along.

Capturing the Cosmos is a great educational movie that will slightly blow your mind, screened on an impressive 3D projector.

But if your children can't sit quietly through the news - they're not going to manage this.

The volunteers running the show make a really good effort to engage the kids but we had one in front of us who spent half the time banging his teaspoon against his hot chocolate cup with his mouth. Alpha mum up the front interrupted proceedings to let everyone know that her two kids were just getting restless because they were so excited for the telescopes. They weren't.

Through the telescope we were able to clearly see Saturn & saw the moon in excellent detail. It was pretty amazing.
Written 18 July 2016
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Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

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Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum is open:
  • Tue - Tue 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tue - Tue 8:45 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Thu - Thu 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Thu - Thu 8:45 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat - Sat 8:45 pm - 10:00 pm