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Space Place at Carter Observatory, Wellington

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#2 of 14 in Childrens Museums in North Island
Observatory · Hidden Gem · Museum
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Discover the delights of the southern skies at Space Place at Carter Observatory. Perched at the top of Wellington's cable car, New Zealand's longest-serving observatory boasts numerous educational exhibits, a full-dome digital planetarium, and world-class telescopes. You can learn about the skies through the interactive learning activities or attend one the public telescope sessions to watch an expert astronomer reveal what's happening up above. Check the planetarium's show schedule online and book your seat in advance to avoid disappointment. A visit to Space Place at Carter Observatory represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Wellington online route builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Make sure you check the show times because itโ€™s well worth attending. Give yourself 30 mins to look around - thumbs up from us ๐Ÿ‘ 
    Make sure you check the show times because itโ€™s well worth attending. Give yourself 30 mins to look around - thumbs up from us ๐Ÿ‘  more »
  • Loved the display and the planetarium. My 7 and 9-year-olds enjoyed exploring the exhibition. The movie at the planetarium was very educational but my girls might've been too young too fully... 
    Loved the display and the planetarium. My 7 and 9-year-olds enjoyed exploring the exhibition. The movie at the planetarium was very educational but my girls might've been too young too fully...  more »
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  • The heavens declare God's handiwork... We were mesmerised by the exhibit in this place and definitely an ideal educational trip. Science is the study of matter and how things came to be and despite the theories that the universe came out of a chaotic event, such a order of a universe and galaxy does not seems to tally with that theory. From the exhibit, it is said that the stars are actually formation of gases. And since I am a firm believer of creation theory, may I say that through God's breath and command the universe came into being. Of course, it is debatable and I how can we conclude our theory based on a theory itself? Anyway, we enjoy the show in the planetarium and we saw the amazing telescope... which was more than 150 years old. We saw the surface in close proximity and it is awesome! This is really a well deserving place to visit. Warning: the cable car cease at 7pm and the telescope viewing begin at 7:30pm. After the telescope viewing, we have to find our way back through bus and long walk.
  • A great place for dad's to take a 60 minute nap to the soothing voice of the host and sounds of the planetarium viewing. The chair is comfy and if you do open your eyes it's dark and starry. Fascinating for the kids. There is a fee.

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