Be aware that earlier shows in the planetarium are sometimes geared towards children
In a city where the pioneering spirit of the 15th and 16th century ‘Age of Discovery’ looms large, this 330-seat planetarium offers a fun, insightful trip into the great unknowns of our own time: deep space and the universe. Throughout the day there are different exhibits, ranging from the evolution of technology related to astronomy, to mankind’s place in, and exploration of, our solar system.
The one hour astronomical shows are projected onto a 25 metre diameter dome overhead, revealing 9,000 stars nestled among the Milky Way. Learn about stars, planets and galaxies from the comfort of your chair — something you might be grateful for if you have spent the morning exploring Belém’s other attractions, such as the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém.
Ornithologist, Philatelist, Philanthropist
Calouste Gulbenkian was a wealthy British philanthropist of Armenian origin. He made his fortune through making oil in the Middle East available to the West, and later travelled extensively, living in Istanbul, London, Paris and Lisbon at various times. Some might argue his money was dirty, but the way he spent it certainly wasn’t: he founded schools, hospitals, churches, scientific institutes — and Lisbon’s planetarium too.
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