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.
Summer Planetarium Shows, Mills Observatory

Planetarium Shows

  • 18 January 2019 6-9pm
  • 15 February 2019 6-9pm
  • 1 March 2019 6-9pm
  • 15 March 2019 6-9pm

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

Adults £1, children 50p. Shows at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, booking essential on (01382) 435967.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Mills Observatory

Zenith Points

  • 19 January 2019 2-3pm
  • 16 February 2019 2-3pm
  • 16 March 2019 2-3pm

Astronomy talks, suitable for adults and children aged 8 years and over.

Oct 20 - Great Moments in Astronomy.
Nov 17 - Witnessing Star Formation Through Different Telescopes.
Dec 8 - The Big Bang Theory.
Jan 19 - A Spacecraft's View of the Solar System.
Feb 16 - Finding Your Way Around the Night Sky.
Mar 16 - Stars in Your Eyes.

FREE. Booking essential on (01382) 435967.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

FREE. Booking essential on (01382) 435967.

Website

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

Saturday Stars, Mills Observatory

Saturday Stars

  • 9 February 2019 2-3:30pm
  • 9 March 2019 From 2pm

Join the Creative Learning Team @ Mills Observatory for astronomy themed craft activities - fun for kids and big kids alike!

FREE. No need to book, just drop-in!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

Outer Space | Inner Space

Outer Space | Inner Space

  • 23 February 2019 1-3pm

Come and get involved in experiments with scientists from the University of Dundee. You'll 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.

Sat 01 Dec: Science Saturday: Guardians of the Genome
Sat 23 Feb: Science Saturday: Mathematics & Biology

FREE. No need to book, just drop-in!

Outer Space | Inner Space is a science communication venture, creating an adaptable, immersive space at Mills Observatory.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Mills Observatory
Glamis Road
Balgay Park
Dundee
DD2 2UB
Scotland

Website

http://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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