Visit the Planetarium
Tour the universe with an astronomer!
The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics invites you to tour the cosmos with us. Our 25-seat planetarium can show you any part of the universe using real data from telescopes and space probes. Fly to the center of our galaxy to visit a supermassive black hole or soar over the surface of Mars to see the largest volcano in the solar system. And, because our shows are presented live and in person by University of Toronto astronomers, you can ask questions about anything you see or customize the journey as you go!
How can we buy tickets?
Individuals, families, and small groups can purchase tickets for one of our pre-scheduled public shows.
Larger groups, such as school classes, Guide and Scout groups, birthday parties, and corporate events should reserve the entire planetarium for a group show at the time of your choosing.
We are not open on a walk-in basis. Please note that we are not the McLaughlin Planetarium, which closed permanently in 1995.
What happens during a show?
Our typical 50-minute show begins with highlights of what’s visible in the night sky on the evening of your show: including constellations, planets, and the Moon. We then take you on a tour through the solar system and beyond. Our upcoming shows are listed below.
If you book the entire planetarium at the group rate, you may select our current-events show, or choose from one of the topics listed in our FAQ (detailed show descriptions are forthcoming).
Can we see the telescopes at the observatory?
Our regularly-scheduled public shows don’t include access to the telescopes or the observatory, only to the planetarium.
Group bookings include optional access to the observatory. If you select this option, your group will spend 30 minutes in the planetarium and 30 minutes at the observatory, seeing the telescopes. If the weather is good, we will set up the telescopes to allow you to view the sky. If the weather is poor, you may choose to skip the observatory portion of your visit and spend the full hour in the planetarium.
Please note that, to accommodate groups of 50 people or more within a single hour, a visit to the observatory is required.
Buy Tickets or Reserve the Whole Dome
Please note that we are not the McLaughlin Planetarium. That building is still standing, but has not operated as a planetarium since 1995.
To access the planetarium, enter the building by the entrance on St. George St. and turn immediately to your right upon entering. It’s just down the stairs from the small lobby right off St. George St.
There is no parking at the Astronomy Building, in which the planetarium is located. There is metered parking on the streets around the planetarium. Russell St., next to our building, has metered parking. For more information about parking on the University of Toronto campus, please visit parking.utoronto.ca.
For guests arriving by chartered bus, we suggest that your bus discharge its passengers on one of the side streets around the Astronomy Building, rather than on St. George St. itself, which can be quite busy.
The area around the planetarium is well served by transit. We are less than ten minutes’ walk from either the Queen’s Park subway station and only fifteen minutes from the St. George subway station. We are about two minutes’ walk from the many bus routes along College St. and Spadina Ave.
Please note that the planetarium is not wheelchair accessible. For accessible programming, please see our list of Speakers and our upcoming events.
50 St. George St.