Now that it seems like summer is finally here and school will be out for the young ones soon, it is the time of year when parents are looking for things for their kids to do. Even though we live in this wonderful city we tend to forget all the things that are available to see and do. The Dow Planetarium is one such place.
The Dow Planetarium is a place whose mission it is to familiarize us laymen with the natural sciences and natures in order to allow us to better understand the universe that we live in.
Beginning in 1966 the Planetarium opened its doors to the public. In essence a planetarium is a night sky simulator that allows us to see the stars, planets, etc. better. Montreal's Planetarium hosts daily shows that cover different topics about our universe.
The multimedia shows are intended for all ages. Their main function is to better explain the solar system and space exploration. The shows are at set times and alternate between either French or English.
In 2007 it was announced that a new Planetarium was to be built in Montreal. The new planetarium will be named the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan de Montréal in reference to the main sponsor. It will be located next to the Montreal Biodome in the Olympic Stadium area. So take this opportunity to see a show at the present location before it is moved.
-Summer Opening Hours: Mondays: 12:30-5:00
Friday: 9:30-4:30 and 7:00-9:30
Saturday-Sunday: 12:30-4:30 and 7:00-
-Ticket Prices: Adults (18-64): $8.00
Youths (5-17): $4.00
Seniors (65+): $6.00
Children (less than 5): Free
-English Summer Shows: The Quest For Galacticum (Tues-Fri @ 12:00)
Extinctions (Mon-Sun @ 2:30)
Our Galaxy: The Milky Way (Fri-Sun @ 7:15)
-French Summer Shows: Draco, le dragon celeste (Tues-Fri @ 10:00)
A la recherche du galactium (Tues-Fri @ 11:00)
Extinctions (Mon-Sun @ 1:15 + 3:45)
Notre galaxie, la voie lactee (Fri-Sun @ 8:30)