Britain's first purpose-built public observatory. Gifted to the people of Dundee in 1935, with a bequest from John Mills, a linen and twine manufacturer and keen amateur scientist. Mills Observatory was designed by the City Architect, Mr McLellan Brown in collaboration with Professor Ralph Sampson the Astronomer Royal for Scotland. It is the only British observatory to have been built with the sole aim of encouraging public understanding of science. The Observatory houses an impressive Victorian telescope, a small planetarium, Solar System displays and displays of historic equipment. Planetarium Shows take place during the winter months. During the summer months April to September, the Observatory is open on selected dates offering a varied programme of public events including planetarium shows, workshops, talks and solar viewing. For events details visit the website www.leisureandculturedundee.com
Museum, Science centre
April-Sept Open on selected dates for a varied public events programme. Check website for details www.leisureandculturedundee.com
Oct-Mar Mon to Fri 4-10pm; Sat & Sun 12.30-4pm
Admission is free to the Observatory and displays. A small charge applies to Planetarium Shows - Adults £1, Children 50p. There is also a charge for group visits.
For visitors who may be less mobile and cannot access the upper floor of the Observatory, closed circuit television has now been added, to give you the opportunity to view the moon and planets at ground floor level.
Victorian 10" Cooke refracting telescope (1871), providing breathtaking views of the Moon and Planets. Interesting displays of historic equipment and information of local importance. Planetarium.
Personalities, Science and Technology
Plantetarium Show at Mills Observatory
- 6 August 2014 2-3pm
- 3 September 2014 2-3pm
- 17 September 2014 2-3pm
Take a tour of the night sky in the observatory's planetarium room and learn about constellations, asteroids and galaxies.
- Any age
£1.00 per adult. 50p per child.
- 23 August 2014 2-4pm
- 20 September 2014 2-4pm
Come along and get creative with our creative learning team. You can make new friends and take part in a variety of astronomy-based activities.
Great Moments in Astronomy
- 10 August 2014 1-4pm
Mankind has wondered about the sun, moon, stars and planets since earliest times. Understanding of our universe developed over many hundreds of years, and this talk picks out some of the key moments and names of those who pushed forward our knowledge to what we now believe in the 21st century. Our knowledge of the universe is still not complete and it is certain that a few more surprises will be revealed in the future. The talk will take place at 13:00-15:00 and there will be a solar viewing at 15:00-16:00. Q and A included.
- 14 September 2014 1-4pm
In 2006 the International Astronomical Union decided to reclassify Pluto as a dwarf planet and defined what this new category of astronomical body is. Since then a few objects in the solar system have been classified and this talk describes what they are and how they are important to understanding our solar system. It also discusses future space exploration of these bodies. The talk will take place at 13:00-15:00 and there will be a solar viewing afterwards. Q and A included.
- Any age