Space Place’s stunning digital, full-dome planetarium screen has a range of shows for all ages, selected from the best available nationally and internationally. From adorable aliens and spectacular images of the planets to the wonders of space travel and exploration, each show includes a live presentation of the night sky over New Zealand.
See our list of shows and times here.
Explore our galleries including a do-it-yourself Black Hole and asteroids you can pick up. You’ll find a real moon rock, learn about the historic Apollo missions of the late 1960s and experience a rocket blast-off. In the Tūhura Space Module you can experience what it feels like to be inside a spaceship.
Visit the Matariki theatre and listen to stories explaining how Māori navigated the vast Pacific Ocean using the stars, and learn the importance of Matariki, the astronomical event that marks the Māori New Year.
Thomas Cooke Telescope
On a clear night you can look through the giant telescope and roam the spectacular southern skies. It’s star-gazing at its finest. Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, depending on weather. Contact Space Place if uncertain.
Please note that unfortunately, the Thomas Cooke telescope is not in full working order, so it will not be used tonight. However, the galleries inside the dome will still be open and the portable telescopes will also be used. We will let you know when it is back up and running.
What’s Up in Space?
Each week, Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogoșanu gives you a heads up of what is appearing in the night sky.
Keep up to date with what’s going on in our universe and beyond here.
During school term public visitors are welcome;
Tuesday: 4pm – 11pm*
Friday: 4pm – 11pm*
Saturday: 10am – 11pm*
Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm*
*Last entry is 10pm and 5pm
Our team of Space educators are exciting young minds and helping to build our future in space exploration. We teach early childhood up to year 13 students.
School bookings available Monday-Friday during school hours, 9am-2.30pm.
During the July School Holidays we will be open again 7 days a week.
Gold Card Holder / NZ Student (NZ ID required): $12
Child (4-16 years): $9
Preschool Child (0-3 years): Free
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): $45
Friends of Museum Wellington: Free
Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Bookings are essential for all schools and tour groups.
Ticket parking is available at the car park located on Upland Road (charges apply). There are limited parking spaces outside Space Place reserved especially for mobility permit holders.
T: +64 4 910 3140
40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington 6012
Located at the top of the Cable Car, just a short stroll from the terminus.