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
- 7 November 2014 7-10pm
- 21 November 2014 7-10pm
- 5 December 2014 7-10pm
Take a tour of the night sky in the observatory's planetarium room and learn about constellations, asteroids and galaxies.
Places are limited so booking is essential on 01382 435967. Activities are suitable for children aged 5 and over.
Takes place at 19:00, 19:45, 20:30 and 21:15.
Adults £1.00, children 50p.
Workshop Session: Space Life!
- 12 November 2014 6-8:30pm
What do they do in space? What do they eat and drink? Where do astronauts sleep?
Join the Mills Observatory Team on an interactive mission to find out more about the lives of these intrepid space travellers!
After the workshop there will be an opportunity to explore the night skies thrpugh the observatory's telescope (weather permitting).
Booking is essential on 01382 435967. Activities are suitable for children aged 5 to 12. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.