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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!
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Mixed Bag”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

A family of four (two girls 8 and 12) - we all left the first presentation 'Continuum' wondering what we just saw - a film of nothingness.

The second presentation, a narrated session "From Earth to the Stars" was much better. An interesting view of the stars above in the Montreal sky, before taking a trip into space to view some of the galaxies. Interesting, but many people fell asleep in the comfy chairs - maybe the narration was not as exciting as it could have been.

Overall, a worthwhile experience - but really quite average.

Visited December 2013
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Vermontville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

The first show, Continuum, is really not a science show. It is a fabulous sight, sound, almost overwhelming experience, flying THROUGH the sun, past exploding celestial comets/planets/ whatever. No words, just Philip Glass music -- very dramatic. Marvelous colors and shapes. Not for very little kids or very sensitive folks. Very intense.. The second show is the usual planetarium show, well done.

Visited November 2013
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Brossard, Canada
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“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Two shows for the price of one very reasonably priced ticket. Good location right next to Viau Metro. One show is the traditional star gazing projections with the added excellent feature of space travel to other galaxies...the commentary by the guide was bit slow and soporific, but the imaging is truly spectacular and awe inspiring. The other show is a true visual spectacle exposing the most current concepts of our understanding of the universe and string theory. It was a surreal experience and very impressive although the choice of a Phillip Glass composition as the background music was occasionally distracting....for this show I would recommend one of the bean bags as close to the center of the floor as the best place in the house. Good deal on soup and sandwich if you're a bit peckish.

Visited November 2013
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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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