Open daily, 10am–5pm, Free

419 Great King Street Dunedin, New Zealand

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Opening the planetarium


The stars have aligned, the moment is ripe and the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium opens to the public this weekend! It's been a long and sometimes hectic journey, but we're incredibly proud to finally welcome visitors.

To celebrate the opening, we've got a weekend of events and activities, almost all of them free. Drop by the Otago Museum on Saturday 5 December to:

  • meet a NASA astronaut (1pm2pm)
  • fool your friends into thinking you took a quick side trip to Mars with our out-of-this-world selfie backdrops
  • build and launch a rocket, weather permitting
  • learn how to sun-gaze without going blind (only with the guidance of the Dunedin Astronomical Society)

And there's loads more. Check out the full roster here.

On Sunday, we have a space-themed float in the Christmas parade, which you can see on George Street starting at 3pm.

Then at 5pm, NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim is giving a talk. Bookings are essential; you can book online or at the Info Desk.

And then there are the planetarium shows themselves! Opening weekend shows are only bookable at the Otago Museum. Tickets for those shows will be on sale from 9am on Saturday 5 December.

All other planetarium shows are bookable online or at the Museum.

We're very excited. See you there!