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Review of Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
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Owner description: Along with the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden and the Insectarium, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is part of the Montréal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex and Montreal's top must see attraction. Packages available. Change your perspective at the Montreal Space for Life. Plunge into a thrilling odyssey to the sounds of symphonic music at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Discover the beautiful starry sky above Montreal with a skilled astronomy interpreter. Like an explorer, embark on an exciting virtual journey that will take you thousands of light years away from Earth, to the stars and beyond! Located close to the Biodome, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium offers a completely fresh experience of astronomy. Thanks to cutting-edge technology you will live a unique experience of the Universe through two different shows - one focused on science, the other more whimsical. Its exhibition, Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe, enriches this cosmic journey. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

Greatest show i have seen in an planetarium so far. Laying on very comfy big pillows you are flying through the universe, very intense music playing! Do it!!!

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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“Excellent and educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

The shows at this place are outstanding. The exhibits were not really checking out and they need to do some work in that area. The best part was the actual trip through the stars. I think they need to add some different shows to the actual star part.

Visited September 2013
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Amherst, New Hampshire, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
“Hype at Best, Expensive and Vacant”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

We were really looking forward to this experience. We were in Montreal for the Jazz Festival, once again, and as the day was predicted to be Rainy we decided that the day was the perfect opportunity to check out the Biodome and the Planetarium. OMG, these places were pompous and arrogant and vapid and empty. In now way would this have been a worthwhile experience if it would have been FREE, i.e. without charge. This is a situation where the people who run this have decided that they must be on the "bucket list" of people so thy will charge money for a tired and incomplete exhibit. WOW, you go the planetarium and get to see a telescope part that once was used, oh, you can go purchase food and drink ... oh boy. Then you can wander a somewhat interesting and interactive exhibit. Then you line up and go into a room that has beanbag chairs and similar, you lay down and see a sky with projected trees and sky beyond, and then lights flash and stuff, maybe you should do some magic mushrooms first ... the entire show is way too lame. Then you get to go to another room, if you bought the two ticket package, and then listen to a very arrogant jerk explain that you do not know as much about the skies as does he, and then he creates sky images for you, explaining that he knows everything and you know nothing, in a monotone with emphasis occasionally.

Visited July 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Went to see two shows at the planetarium. The narrator was excellent. One thing I noticed was that the building itself was pretty sparce for what I am used to in my hometown for a Science Center. Exhibits were "eh" and nothing spectacular. A definate for the movies and the great fun seating (chairs are like Adirondak chairs and bean bag chairs on the floor). Great change of pace if you are walking all day, nice to sit back and just relax.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting for kids and adults alike!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

The building in itself is not much to look at and the exhibit is small, but the show at the end is worth it. The first show was a bit baffling, albeit very interesting visually, you get to lie on the floor (try to be first in line to get the cushions) and watch a projection of space fit to music. That part was OK. The star of the experience is the second part - the one where you actually look at a projection of the stars and learn fun facts about them as well as how to identify them in the night sky. This takes 40 minutes and is, even for adults, very interesting. Of course, if you have a lot of star gazing or astronomical experience, you might find it too simple, but it is still interesting. Especially for kids. We happened to be at a show at the exact moment when astrologically fall begins, so it was a kind of fun moment!
At the price the same as a movie ticket, I think it's well worth the experience, and money better invested.

Visited September 2013
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