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

Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: 4801 Av. Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3V4, Canada

Phone: (514) 868-3000

Official Website: Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium

Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5 Star Rating

3 Star Rating The representation was really nice with the instructor. But it changed a lot since last time I went (other location), there was nothing else to see... you literally pay your full price ticket for.. an hour movie that has a 30min instructor. And the staff was not happy to work there. Did not want to help and did not know what to say. They were talking to each other about nothing. For a touristic place... I was disapointed.
Queen - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating September 2023 5* Visited the place with my little one after visit to Biodome. The place is connected through underground tunnel. Exhibition area is closed currently but you can enjoy the movies. The movies are available in both English and French. Generally two movies are shown in one show. - We are Star ***** - Lucia - the secret of shooting star ***** - Celestial Chronicles ***** - World of Ice **** There are two theatres - Milky Way (circular seats) and Chaos (with bean bags). I really liked chaos theatre as you can lie down to watch the movie.
Jaspal Singh - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating I had a great time visiting the planetarium. The experience is quite unique from the show done with the amazing dome like projection to the exposition outside. It’s a great idea as a date or a family trip. It is in the proximity to the metro and biodome at the same time making a super accessible activity.
Maratona Duong - a year ago

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5 Star Rating We make a point to visit the planetarium with our boys whenever we visit Montreal, if possible. We couldn’t visit the museum part as it was undergoing remodeling, but that’s okay. We’ll just have to look forward to the result during our next visit. The movies are the star of the show here. They are educational, for adults and children alike, and very immersive. Beautifully done. We love this place and would absolutely recommend.
Stefany Lafortune - a month ago

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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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