Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium

This planetarium in the Belém quarter projects stunning astronomical shows inside its 25-metre dome.

TravelCurious Tip

Be aware that earlier shows in the planetarium are sometimes geared towards children

New Frontier

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.

Nearby Attractions

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Discoveries Monument
A monument celebrating the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Jerónimos Monastery
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a prime example of the exuberant Manueline architectural style.
Belém Palace
Once the official residence of the Portuguese Royal Family, Belém Palace is now the house of the President.
Electricity Museum
A magnificent building that hosts exhibitions about the evolution of energy.
National Coach Museum
The most popular museum in Lisbon proudly displays one of the world's finest collections of historical carriages.
Cultural Centre of Belém
The largest cultural complex in Portugal, hosting opera, ballet, symphony concerts and much more.

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