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Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium - Winter Holiday Show Guide 2020

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Exploring the universe once again from Brisbane
The much-loved Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is reopening in time for the Queensland winter school holidays! The planetarium will be open for 6 days a week, from Tuesday to Sunday. Reopening on 27th June 2020, only 20 people will initially be allowed inside the planetarium at a time due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, although these will be revised on an ongoing basis.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium - first opened in 1978, now reopening following the COVID19 pandemic
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium - first opened in 1978, now reopening following the COVID19 pandemic


Shows that will be available to see after the reopening include:

The little star that could (suitable for children)

The little star that could is a story about a little, average yellow star who goes in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. This show is recommended for children aged 5 and over.

Perfect little planet (suitable for children)

Perfect little planet is a story about a family of aliens who come on a tour of our solar system while on their holiday. This show is recommended for children aged 5 and over.

Tycho to the moon (suitable for children)

Tycho to the moon is a story about a dog who blasts off into space and learns all sorts of interesting facts while bouncing about the moon. This show is suitable for children aged 3 and over.

Secret of the cardboard rocket (suitable for children)

Secret of the cardboard rocket follows two children on an adventure touring the solar system with a talking astronomy book. This show is suitable for children 3 and over.

We are aliens! (suitable for older children)

We are aliens explores how our understanding of life on earth guides our search for alien life around the universe. In seeking to answer the question, "Are we alone?", this show takes the audience to Mars, Europa, and distance exoplanets. This show is suitable for children 6 years and over.

Cosmic collisions

Cosmic collisions focuses on the way that collisions in space have driven the growth and evolution of the universe.

Dark Universe

Dark universe teaches the audience about dark matter, dark energy, and other cutting edge research that focuses on our universe and its future.

The Sun: Our living star

The Sun: Our living star explores the impact that our sun has on every aspect of our lives on earth.

Passport to the universe

Narrated by Tom Hanks, Passport to the universe takes the audience on a journey from Earth to the edge of the observable universe as it explores humanity's place in it.

Edge of darkness

Edge of darkness features imagery from recent space missions, including flying through the great cliffs of Comet 67P.

Europe to the stars

Europe to the stars takes the audience behind the scenes at the European Southern Observatory, the most productive ground-based observatory in the world.

All shows include a 15 minute tour of Brisbane's night sky at the end.

Showtimes and prices from Saturday 27 June 2020 are available here.

Visitors are advised to book their tickets ahead of time on 07 3404 2578 and to arrive at least 15-20 minutes before their show starts as no late entries are permitted to the Skydome once a show has started.

Ticket prices are as follows:


Single admission prices:

adults: $16.40
children (three-14 years): $10
concession card holders: $13.40
authorised companion (Companion Card): free.

Group admission prices:

family (two adults and two children or one adult and three children): $45 per family
group of adults (10 or more): $13.90 each*
group of children (10 or more, 3-14 years): $9.20 each**.
**single payment is required for whole group

Three-show pass prices:

adults: $38
children (3-14 years): $23.
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Why? The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is reopening following Covid19, with shows set to start in time for the Queensland winter school holidays
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 27 June 2020
Phone: 07 3403 2578
Where: Botanical Gardens, Mount Coot-Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066
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