The Planetarium and the Astronomical Museum of Rome are located in the same area as the Museum of Roman Civilization and, given the proximity between these sights, common tickets are available for all of them. The Museum of the Roman Civilization, as institution, was involved, for that matter, in the opening of the present Planetarium, though there is no managing relation between the two.

The present Planetarium opened in 2004, after about two decades from the closing of the historical planetarium of the capital (one of the largest in Italy, for that matter). This one has been fitted with modern equipments (a SN 95 II star projector, slide projectors for panoramic stargazing, state-of-the-art audio system). One of the coordinates of the Planetarium’s mission is highly educational, which is why special shows are organized for student groups. The general public is just as welcomed.

The Astronomical Museum offers visitors an interesting route through the universe, trying to familiarize the public with the subtleties and the implications of certain concepts that have always haunted the human mind: space, time, purpose, origin and so on. A particular focus is put on the lunar surface and of other satellites of sundry planets within the solar system (such as Jupiter’s Europa). Another special theme approached by the museum refers to the inner structure of a star: the public is invited to virtually enter the core of a star and understand its intimate constitution. The technology the museum uses in order to carry out its educational mission is as advanced as it gets: dioramas, multimedia workstations, monitors.

Planetarium and Astronomical Museum (Planetario e Museo Astronomico)
10, Piazza G. Agnelli, 00144, Rome, Italy
0039 06 82059127
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