PLANETARIUM FAQ

Where is the planetarium located?

The planetarium is located at 50 St. George St, on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. The building is called the Astronomy Building (AB on campus maps). Please see the main planetarium page for a map and directions.

If you enter the building from St. George St., take the stairs immediately to your right, down into the basement. The planetarium will be directly ahead of you when you exit the stairs.

If your visit is taking place on a weekend or after 6:00 p.m. on a weekday, please meet your presenter at the Russell St. entrance. He or she will guide you to the planetarium.

For more information about our location, parking, and transit, please see the Contact page.

 

How much does a show cost?

For Group Bookings, a standard 50-minute planetarium show between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on a weekday costs $150 for up to 25 guests, or $200 if you bring 25-50 people. Shows in the evenings or on weekends are $175 for up to 25 people, and $250 for 25-50 people. Prices include HST.

For public shows, tickets cost $5 per person in cash at the door.

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

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.

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

 

What happens during a show?

Think of the planetarium as an interactive movie theatre where the screen is a dome on which we can project any part of the cosmos. During most shows, the presenter begins 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. The presenter will then take you away from the Earth, on a tour of the cosmos. The path you 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 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 more.

 

Can we look through telescopes?

Optional observatory visits can be selected at the time you book your show. If this option is selected, your group will spend about 25 minutes in the planetarium and 25 minutes at our observatory. For groups larger than 25 people, all bookings include an observatory visit.

Note that in the event inclement weather, you can spend the entire 50 minutes in the planetarium. You can still visit the observatory, but you won’t be able to use the telescopes.

 

What can we see through the telescopes?

This will depend on the date of your visit and the weather. If you visit during daylight hours, we can show you the Sun through special solar telescopes. If you come during the evening, the selection of sights will vary from month to month, but might include planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and very occasionally Venus), mountains and craters on the Moon, double stars, and star clusters.

 

Is the planetarium wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, no. 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.

 

Is there space to have a party, eat lunch, or serve food?

Food and drink are not permitted in the planetarium itself. However, for school and community groups who wish to eat lunch on campus, there are some locations you might be able to go on campus to eat. Here is the list of campus eateries (Note that you need to click the “Food” menu item on the left side of that page to show the restaurants). The closest cafeteria to the planetarium is Sid’s Cafe, in Sidney Smith Hall, just one block north of the planetarium.

 

What else can we do on the U of T campus while we’re there?

Available programs at the U of T are always changing. We recommend you check the following sites for options:

Engineering Outreach Office
Events at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus
Campus Tours
UofT Box Office
The planetarium is also located about a 15-minute walk from both the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario (in opposite directions).