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

Official Website: Rio Tinto Alcan Planétarium

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Planetarium

Address: 4801 Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Montreal, QC H1V 3V4

Phone: +1 514-868-3000


Yelp Rating:
3.5 out of 5 3.5 Star Rating
Based on 40 Reviews.

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4 Star Rating The exhibits are actually free to visit. Only the movie theatres require tickets. I spend about an hour there to look at meteorites. The only thing that... Read More

Andrew L. Dec-20-2022

4 Star Rating Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new... Read More

Chun P. Dec-22-2017

4 Star Rating The admission covers 2 shows which requires some planning. You definitely need to buy your tickets in advance (they scan your tickets off your phone at the... Read More

Kathy S. Aug-18-2019

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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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