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Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane

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The exhibits contained within the oblong and ovoid structures of Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium provide an informative experience. Officially opened in 1978, the planetarium features a 12.5m (41 ft) dome and state of the art projection system, as well as a high-tech observatory and a gallery that displays space-related exhibitions. Put Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium into our Brisbane tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I have always had a fascination with everything space, so having the opportunity to live so close to a planetarium is so great!! its good for fun on those days where you are not sure what to do and wo...  more »
  • Full of history and detailed information, the Planetarium is a great, free activity for people of all ages. As a Brisbane local, it's definitely something I'd suggest people do if they have a weekend ...  more »
  • The only thing disappointing about our visit to the planetarium was we only got to view one presentation. They offer two shows daily, but the early show often gets cancelled in lieu of a presentation ...  more »
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  • Cute little place. Tiniest planetarium I ever been. No wow factor there. Limited range and scope... Not bad for a 6yo, but it could have been so much better! Below average gift shop. And shame staff are not friendly. Overall, below par and tricky to find, due to poor street signage.
  • If you love your astronomy, this is the place for you! Narration was undertaken live by a very informative and easy to understand gentlemen. Highly recommended especially with kids!
  • What a wonderful place, we can see our solar system and planets in a different way. The atmosphere is fresh and the greenery amazing. We can continue walk to the botanical garden not far from the planetarium..
  • I took my six year old here for her birthday and really enjoyed the presentation called "Perfect Little Planet". A really neat way to introduce kids to our solar system. Projecting onto the dome is really immersive though might be a little bit of an issue for people with motion sickness. My little girl doesn't deal too well with tension so there were some bits she didn't like but that's no reflection on the movie. At the end of the show they spent a bit of time on the night sky above Brisbane and I think that was my only disappointment. I wanted to more time looking and learning about the stars and constellations. Outside there is plenty to look at with models of spacecraft, launch systems, the ISS, and a replica of Niel Armstrong's Apollo space suit. Skip the gift shop, it's mostly pretty ordinary cheap toys. We will be back.
  • Nice small planetarium, offering good shows for kids. I have been there a few times, my 5yo totally loved it. In the end of each show they usually project and explain night sky above Brisbane. One other good thing is that there is a beautiful botanical garden right next to planetarium, which is worth visiting before or after a show.