Melbourne Planetarium

Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street
Spotswood VIC

Contact

03 8660 4888

The Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks features a 16-metre domed ceiling, reclining seats, a 7.1 surround-sound system and a fulldome video-projection system. The result is spectacular colour and movement like never before, creating a unique immersive environment and awe-inspiring astronomical experience.

Accessibility

Entry into the Melbourne Planetarium is from Craig Street on the right of the Scienceworks building. There is a slight incline up a pathway to a set of double doors.

Entry into the Melbourne Planetarium foyer space is step-free/wheelchair-accessible.

Once inside the foyer space, move towards the circular desk across from the entry, then turn right towards the larger black double doors. This is the entry into the cinema space.

Entry into the cinema space is through the front of the cinema.

Seating in the cinema is step-free and there are four (4) wheelchair spaces.

Seats in the Planetarium are fabric with vinyl headrests and fully recline. Seats also have small armrests but no cupholders.

Please see How to Book Your Ticket if you require step-free/wheelchair-accessible seating at the Melbourne Planetarium. Please approach a MIFF Front of House staff member for assistance when you arrive at the venue.

Bathrooms, including accessible bathrooms, are located in the foyer.

Getting Here

Train

Train

The Melbourne Planetarium is located an approximately 10-minute walk from Spotswood Train Station and an approximately 25-minute walk from Newport Train Station.

For more public transport information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au.

Parking

Parking

Scienceworks has onsite parking from $5 a day. Payment is by card.

For drop-off and pick-up, we recommend the Melbourne Planetarium car park or Craig Street.

For more information about accessible parking in the city, please visit Parking for People with Disabilities.

What's On

Shorts Package

Fulldome Showcase 1

MIFF’s popular annual program of fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium returns for the 2024 festival.

Shorts Package

Fulldome Showcase 2

MIFF’s popular annual program of fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium returns for the 2024 festival.

Shorts Package

Fulldome Showcase 1

MIFF’s popular annual program of fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium returns for the 2024 festival.

Shorts Package

Fulldome Showcase 2

MIFF’s popular annual program of fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium returns for the 2024 festival.

Short

Metaract

The artist’s quest for meaning is revealed through natural environments, which are recontextualised and juxtaposed with digital elements.

Dir. Manami Sakamoto, Yuri Urano / 2024 / 20 mins / Japan / No Dialogue
Short

Iwakura

Rooted in Shinto mythology, Iwakura invokes the spirits that embody the sacred rock formations found throughout Japan.

Dir. Kazuya Nagaya, Ali Mahmut Demirel, Maurice Jones / 2023 / 25 mins / Japan, Canada / No Dialogue
Short

INNERSTAR 01: Reddening

The first entry in a series inspired by astronomical phenomena and the exploration of consciousness and existence from a philosophical perspective.

Dir. Huang Wei, Cheng Dao-Yuan / 2023 / 15 mins / Taiwan / No Dialogue
Short

Impossible Space

A symphonic journey through fascinating real and artificial visual worlds, inspired by the spirit of science and discovery.

Dir. Rocco Helmchen, Johannes Kraas / 2024 / 50 mins / Germany / English
Short

Metaract

The artist’s quest for meaning is revealed through natural environments, which are recontextualised and juxtaposed with digital elements.

Dir. Manami Sakamoto, Yuri Urano / 2024 / 20 mins / Japan / No Dialogue
Short

Iwakura

Rooted in Shinto mythology, Iwakura invokes the spirits that embody the sacred rock formations found throughout Japan.

Dir. Kazuya Nagaya, Ali Mahmut Demirel, Maurice Jones / 2023 / 25 mins / Japan, Canada / No Dialogue
Short

INNERSTAR 01: Reddening

The first entry in a series inspired by astronomical phenomena and the exploration of consciousness and existence from a philosophical perspective.

Dir. Huang Wei, Cheng Dao-Yuan / 2023 / 15 mins / Taiwan / No Dialogue
Short

Limbotopia

First-time director Hsieh Wen-Yee presents a surreal trip through a post-apocalyptic Taiwan.

Dir. Hsieh Wen-Yee / 2024 / 25 mins / Taiwan / No Dialogue
Short

Impossible Space

A symphonic journey through fascinating real and artificial visual worlds, inspired by the spirit of science and discovery.

Dir. Rocco Helmchen, Johannes Kraas / 2024 / 50 mins / Germany / English
Short

Limbotopia

First-time director Hsieh Wen-Yee presents a surreal trip through a post-apocalyptic Taiwan.

Dir. Hsieh Wen-Yee / 2024 / 25 mins / Taiwan / No Dialogue

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Venue Map

Click here to download the Astor Theatre venue map.