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“Nice planetarium”

Peter Harrison Planetarium
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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off
Ranked #294 of 1,633 things to do in London
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Dresden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice planetarium”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

I've seen the "The Universe Exposed" show. It was about amateur space photography, which is thrilling. It's amazing that it's possible for everyone to see things like stars, galaxies, moon craters or other distant objects with the naked eye.
The actual planetarium is good. It has comfortable seats and good projectors. Unfortunately these are just regular projectors. Nothing really mind-boggling like laser-aided-projections (search for Carl-Zeiss Planetariums and see one if you can). In terms of flexibility the projectors are good though.
The dome is also reasonably sized and allows for a very immersive experience.
Staff is very friendly and able to answer questions (about the exhibitions and the typical tourist things).
The building, near the prime meridian, is modern and has an interesting architecture in the centre of the Greenwich Park.
Fascinating and inspiring: A 4.500.000.000 year-old piece meteorite which you can actually touch.

P.S.: I wonder why there is only one planetarium in London.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Sebastian S
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“Well worth the treck”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

My husband and I visited the Planetarium as a birthday treat to London for me. As someone who has an interest in planets, stars, galaxies and the universe, this was a must. Getting there was a bit of a treck and it was not well sign posted (the woman in the bookshop didnt know what we were talking about, my accent is not that strong). A tip is take the path behind the National Maritime Museum, go up hill, and uphill and uphill, it;s at the top. Well worth it. The scientisit on duty was very funny and informative. A great day was had by all.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Mazz0826
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“not allowed to buy tickets !”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

I thought I would take the kids to the planetarium but the website makes it impossible to book tickets, the phone number is just a recording, and I am not turning up on the day to queue in the cold only to find them sold out and have disappointed kids !

Clearly the owners do not want you to go ! do we live in North Korea ?

Visited December 2012
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“Absolutely Brilliant!”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Good value... excellent presenter... superb material... I want a telescope!

I cannot believe I haven't been before.

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“Very interesting!”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Saw three shows in here, all of which were fascinating. The shows do have a little bit of overlapping content (for the benefit of those only seeing one show), but each one is still unique enough. When the lights go down and the stars appear above you the experience is literally out of this world! Our presenter was very pleasant and explained well what to look at.

It is best to sit as close to the back as possible, otherwise you may get neck/back ache from looking up all the time. The seats don't recline as much as I would have liked, but still give you a good view without being uncomfortable. Also the tickets seem a bit on the expensive side - that's what stopped me giving it 5/5.

Visited November 2012
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