Mills Observatory

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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

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

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 charges

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.

Additional info

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.

Collection details

Personalities, Science and Technology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Saturday Stars, Mills Observatory

Saturday Stars

  • 14 July 2018 2-3:30pm
  • 11 August 2018 2-3:30pm

Come along, make new friends and take part in cool astronomy-themed activities with the Creative Learning Team!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

Children’s Planetarium Shows, Mills Observatory

Children’s Planetarium Shows

  • 14 July 2018 12:30-1pm
  • 11 August 2018 12:30-1pm

Explore the universe in our fun, mini Planetarium Shows designed especially for children and their grown-ups. Discover more about planets and stars and what to look out for in the night skies!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 adults, 50p children. Booking essential on (01382) 435967.

Website

http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/mills-home

Summer Planetarium Shows, Mills Observatory

Summer Planetarium Shows

  • 23 June 2018 2-2:30pm
  • 28 July 2018 2-2:30pm
  • 25 August 2018 2-2:30pm

Take a tour of the night sky and learn about constellations, asteroids, galaxies and the latest space news. Suitable for adults and children aged 5yrs and over.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 adults, 50p children. Booking essential on (01382) 435967.

Mills Observatory

Wednesday Wonders

  • 11 July 2018 1-3pm
  • 8 August 2018 1-3pm

Come and get involved in experiments with scientists from the University of Dundee. You will find out about the amazing research work taking place across the University and discover the tools that they use to help them learn more about the wonders of the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

Website

http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/mills-home

Mills Observatory
Glamis Road
Balgay Park
Dundee
DD2 2UB
Scotland

Website

www.leisureandculturedundee.com

E-mail

mills.observatory@leisureandculturedundee.com

Telephone

01382 435967

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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