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Valentina Tereshkova Planetarium, Yaroslavl

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#3 of 25 in Childrens Museums in Central Russia
Observatory Museum
Learn more about astronomy and the history of Russian space travel at Valentina Tereshkova Planetarium, dedicated to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. Built on the grounds of a former monastery, the planetarium is known for its unusual architecture, featuring a white concrete and glass exterior and an inner dome illuminated by thousands of LED lights in a range of colors, making the building look like a sphere floating in space at night. Climb the observatory tower, which resembles the bell tower of an old Russian cathedral, and attend one of the shows that explain the stars in the sky and the changes that occur each season. One show deals with astronomy in Russian folklore; check the schedule online prior to your visit. The museum models and exhibitions have partial English captions, but tend to be interactive and easily understood despite the limited English information. You can get a meal at the cafe inside the planetarium. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Valentina Tereshkova Planetarium by using our Yaroslavl travel itinerary planner.
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  • A nice place to come on a Sunday morning with kids or even grown ups. Lots of information to get and see. Highly recommend.  more »
  • This new planetarium is very cool-looking from the outside. Unfortunately we didn't catch any of the shows in the "star hall," but we looked around the museum, to which admission was very cheap. I enj...  more »
  • The Planetarium was built in 2011. Architecture in good and also you'll find many interesting places indside - like shows, cafe, musiem, etc. Moreover, the Planetarium is located in an area that's dra...  more »

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