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

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com

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 Amazing place to go with your kids or s/o. It's not expensive and it's fun and exciting :) they offer several different spectacles but some of them get sold out pretty quickly, so it's best if you buy the tickets online. Or you can also check the dates and show times and buy the tickets there on the spot if you want. Also forget about the boring uncomfortable chairs. At Rio Tinto Alcan they have bean bags :) sit very close to your kids and partner and enjoy the show :) Prices: I believe each show costs around $20 dollars but each show is about one hour length. And it's very very easy to get there using public transportation. You can just take the subway and walk there. There's also a mall nearby, so you can fix yourself a snack there before going to the planetarium.

Jen Yazu - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing experience! I went to see the Continuum/Aurorae show and wow!

Porter Laforge - 25 days ago

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 - 3 months 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.

OJ - 3 months 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 - 4 months ago

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