Planetarium

Join us in our digital planetarium for an unforgettable tour of the cosmos.  All of our shows are conducted by real University of Toronto astronomers.  Because the shows are capped at only 25 people, there is lots of opportunity to ask questions and steer the show in the direction you want it to go.  Whether it’s for a class trip, a birthday treat, or a corporate outing, we guarantee that you’ll have a great time exploring the universe at our planetarium.

We offer two main types of shows:

Private Shows

Book a show at a time of your choosing for you and up to 24 friends (larger groups can be accommodated for a fee).  A University of Toronto astronomer will take you on a live journey through the universe.  You choose the time, you choose the destinations!  

Book a Private Show

Public Planetarium Shows

We regularly offer shows to the general public on a set topic and for a set price of $5 per person.  You’ll hear about the most interesting topics in modern astronomy and get to talk about them with a real astronomer.  No reservations are required.  Stay tuned for this page for the schedule of upcoming shows.

Upcoming Public Shows

Directions


The planetarium is located at:

Astronomy Building

50 St. George St.

Toronto, ON

M5S 3H4

To access the planetarium, enter the building by the entrance on St. George St. and turn immediately to your right upon entering.  It’s just down the stairs from the small lobby right off St. George St.

There is no parking at the Astronomy Building, in which the planetarium is located.  However, there is a pay parking lot across the road and many places to park on the street.  For more information about parking on the University of Toronto campus, please visit parking.utoronto.ca.

For guests arriving by chartered bus, we suggest that your bus discharge its passengers on one of the side streets around the Astronomy Building, rather than on St. George St. itself, which can be quite busy.

The area around the planetarium is well served by transit.  We are less than ten minutes’ walk from either the Queen’s Park subway station and only fifteen minutes from the St. George subway station.  We are about two minutes’ walk from the many bus routes along College St. and Spadina Ave.

Planetarium FAQ

What happens during a show?

During most shows, the presenter will begin with a tour of the night sky as it will look on the night of your show.  The presenter will point out interesting features, such as constellations, planets, and transient events (comets, asteroids, etc.) which will be visible that evening.  Afterward, the presenter will take you away from the Earth, on a tour of the cosmos.  The path you will take will depend on your interests, but usually includes stops in our solar system, a view of our Milky Way galaxy from outside, and a trip to the very farthest reaches of space.  Depending on your interests, you might also visit the centre of our galaxy, planets orbiting other stars, nebulae, other galaxies, and maybe more!

How much do shows cost?

Private shows start at $150 for groups of up to 25 people during the day (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Monday to Friday.  Additional fees apply for larger groups or shows taking place in the evening or on weekends.

Monthly public shows are $5 per person.

What forms of payment do you accept?

For monthly public shows with individual admission, we can only accept cash. Payment is made in person at the time of your show.

For private planetarium shows booked in advance, we accept cash and cheques. Cheques should be made out to “University of Toronto”. Payment can be made at the time of the show.

Do you offer shows in French?

Shows are normally conducted in English.   However, we try to accommodate requests for shows in French if a French-speaking presenter is available.  Please make your request for a French-language show in the “Your Notes” section of the booking form.

Is the planetarium wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, the planetarium is not wheelchair accessible.  The dome itself is accessible, but there are two short flights of stairs between the planetarium and street level.  For patrons who are unable to access the planetarium for this reason, we would be happy to send one of our speakers to give a talk at a location of your choice.

How long do shows last?

Planetarium shows typically last 50 minutes, including time for questions.  If you choose to add a trip to the observatory to your visit, the time will be divided approximately in half: 25 minutes for the planetarium and 25 for the observatory.

For younger audiences, the length of the show can be reduced upon request to accommodate shorter attention spans.

Can we have a birthday party, musical performance, or press conference at the planetarium?

Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to host parties at the planetarium.  The space available in the dome is very limited and not suitable for musical performances or the serving of food.

Depending on your needs, it might be possible to host a press conference in the planetarium.  The main limitations in that regard are that the dome is fairly small and the interior of the dome must be dark for the projection to be visible (which complicates filming people in the dome).