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Space Place at Carter Observatory

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Address: 40 Salamanca Road, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4 910 3140
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Mon 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Space Place at Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art,...

Space Place at Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art, digital planetarium with an almost limitless range of virtual space journeys, along with multi-media exhibits that tell the Maori and European story of New Zealand's southern skies and the role of the stars in navigation. Space Place re-opened in March 2010 as a world class visitor attraction after a multi-million dollar refit. Over its 70 year history it has served as New Zealand's national observatory and this legacy is reflected in a collection of New Zealand astronomical history, including the oldest telescope of its kind operating in New Zealand. Space Place offers a fun learning experience for kids and visitors of all ages - we hope you'll have a blast! Open hours: During school holidays (public): Open: 10am daily, closing at 5.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday and at 11pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Space Place is closed on Christmas Day

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Awesome display and incredible planetarium.

The demonstration and activities we did were incredible aswell as the displays and explanations. The displays we looked at and experienced were awesome and the planetarium was the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melissa H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interactivity is a really good way to help understand something so complex as the universe. Space Place offers mediocre engagement with the exhibitions. The planetarium includes the latest in cinematic systems and the shows are contemporary and very interesting. Further development of the exhibition is needed to maintain customer interest. We had a fun time and wish the centre all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The demonstration and activities we did were incredible aswell as the displays and explanations. The displays we looked at and experienced were awesome and the planetarium was the best. The way we watched the film in the planetarium was viewed at a whole new perspective. It was really cool to learn about the space place as well.! ;)

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Thank Melissa H
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

space place was boring but i could be fun for little people but i only enjoined the movie thing at the end it was BORING.

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Thank Keira A
Kaitaia, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to come here!!! The space place is so cool!!! The film was awesome and made me dizzy a few times, which was fun!!!

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Thank Caleis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome love it. out of all planetariums this was the best due to the way I knew that the stars reassemble some sort of crypt ids and all sort of stuff and it was good to know that they have real rocks from planets , especially rocks and meteors.

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Thank Harold E
Kassel, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ideal for anybody wanting to get "closer" to the skies. Great information and display for any level of astronomy.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Space Place right on 4.00pm to catch one of the shows on the Planetarium. The dinosaur show kept our 3 and 5 year old enthralled throughout and they were keen to talk about dinosaurs when they got home. The museum itself was highly engaging with plenty of hands on displays, that clearly reinforced the messages in the written... More 

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Thank RihariNZ
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Some informative and interesting videos and information boards. Stuff for kids and adults. Great presentation in the observatory from a girl who was obviously very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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Thank Morwenna H
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Very clean and warm environment. Staff were excellent in their recommendations and answering questions. The cosmic show was out of this world, very well presented

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Thank Mohammed K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

A work event that included dinner, drinks and learning about the stars. Just a great evening and an amazing experience having the place to ourselves. Highly recommend.

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