Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium

Explore the universe with spellbinding shows at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

Twin theatres of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Twin theatres of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium cc licensed photo by Mtlfiredude

During your visit to Montreal, why not go all out and take a trip into the outer reaches of space with a mesmerizing visit to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium? Geared to both adults and children this will prove to be a fun and educational experience for individuals or entire families.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is the new and modern replacement for the former Montreal Planetarium which opened in 1966 and operated until 2011. The new facility was opened in 2013 in the area known as A Space for Life which is also home to the Biodome and the Montreal Botanical Garden.

Using the latest in technology, the planetarium will have you feeling like you are literally lifting off into space as you embark on a journey into the solar system and beyond.

This new planetarium actually features twin theatres and your ticket gets you into both shows. There are showtimes throughout the day in both French and English. Check the schedule on the official website linked above to see what time shows are playing in your preferred language.

While the shows will likely be the highlight of your visit, there is much more to see, with many interactive exhibits and displays including a complete exhibit on meteors.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: 4801 Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3N4, Canada

Phone: (514) 868-3000

Official Website: Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium

Directions

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Line 1 - GreenStation Viau3 Minutes

How to get to Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 1 to Station Viau and exit the station to your right. You will see the twin cylindrical theatres of the planetarium to the right of the Biodome in the Space for Life complex just past the bus loop.

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium Star Rating

5 Star Rating This place is amazing! Everything is new, clean and there is something to learn for kids, adults and basically everyone. They have a different presentation every once in a while and it is always very interesting and well made. I've been where a couple of time and the staff is always amazing and passionate about the subject and getting people interested at looking at the stars. It's a good place for a family or to go with your friends.

François Vandal - 25 days ago

4 Star Rating This place was pretty cool. Got to watch a couple shows dealing with the solar system that I really liked. It was all in french but I was able to understand at LEAST half of it! But they do offer english and french shows, I was just with all french speaking people so we chose the french show. Definitely good to bring children to. I traveled there during the summer so it was packed but it was still something cool to see.

Oh Jay - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I love this place, we watched aurora light. It is really cool. I know they are just projector, but not sure will we go to see the real aurora or not. Good to see that without freezing. We had coffee before going in. The cafe is busy. They have a lot of options such as sandwiches, muffins and pastries even salads to choose!! We might come back again for another shows.

Tally Pun - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating With exhibits about Meteors and planets, this Planetarium serves as a basic and intermediate source of information for Space science. It's better to carry a sticky note, as the 75 minute Astronomy show proved to be really useful. The show took us on a journey through the cosmos, constellations and tracing the planets nearby Earth, and the Northern lights.The setback was that the seating was not totally comfortable for the view, as we had to tilt our heads couple of times to look behind during the constellations part. To feed your hunger, there are food options inside the Planetarium and also in the Cineplex, which is just few yards away from the place. Clean restrooms, Wheelchair accessible entrance and parking are available. If you are from Quebec, please do carry a proof that you are a resident, as the price is less for Quebecois vs the rest, which was a shocker for me, though I am from Montreal, as I opine that visitors shouldn't be distinguished in this way. Also, I didn't come across such policy in tourist places in Alberta/Saskatchewan/Manitoba. I hope the authorities reconsider this decision. thanks

Aniruddh Srinivas - 4 months ago

3 Star Rating I really wanted to be impressed with the planetarium but I wasn't. The place was OK and it's nice that they have it but I wouldn't go again. I suggest a visit without the movie if you're in a budget. The movie they show about space was too long and honestly boring. The seating was uncomfortable and hurt my neck when I tried to see the whole overhead screen. I normally have a hard time falling asleep and fell asleep watching this movie twice!!! I went there because the Montreal Biodome was closed for renovations. The cafeteria food was impressively great tasting and healthy but price. I did like the "out of space rock" display they have. May be fun for kids.

Carolin Colon - 4 months ago

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