November 8, 2013 — In 2013, Montréal’s Space for Life, Canada’s largest natural science museum conglomerate, welcomed its fourth member of the family: the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium! In addition to its exceptional architecture, what really sets this cutting-edge facility apart is its immersive, participatory experiences. Driven by the talent and ingenuity of world-renowned artists, the Planetarium offers a novel approach to astronomy where visitors are encouraged to open up and see the world in a different way.
Journey through the History of the Universe
This starry journey will move you—literally! Visitors will travel through the history of the Universe, accompanied by excerpts of symphonic music by the prolific composer, Philip Glass.
Journey through the Cosmos
More scientific in nature, the immersive Star Theatre show features a thrilling virtual journey through the cosmos led by a skilled astronomy guide. Each show is different, as content changes with the seasons and with new scientific discoveries.
EXO: our search for life in the Universe
Astrobiology, or the study of the origin and future of life in the Universe, is the focus of the Planetarium’s permanent exhibition. Interactive terminals, multi-touch tables and virtual characters reveal the many facets of this fascinating science. A section of the exhibition presents a veritable laboratory of geology and a rich collection of meteorites, the oldest bits of the solar system!
Stellar Architectural Design
Sitting next to the Montréal Biodôme, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is a stunning example of environmentally-responsible architectural design, built in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental standards. With its two huge cones pointed skyward like telescopes scanning the Universe, the building features many optimized, eco-friendly systems. A highlight of the architectural design is a spectacular rooftop garden for visitors to enjoy.
The Rio Tinto Planetarium is “where science and emotion meet”. Isn’t it amazing what can be done when you reach for the stars?