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Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum

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Powerful modern telescopes in an historical setting

We visited the Observatory as an excursion organised by my daughter's kindergarten. The Observatory... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Jason F
Visited for photo exhibition

We went to see astronomical photos as part of the International Photo Biennale but fell in love... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Castlemaine, Australia
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439 Cobden St | Mt Pleasant, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 429 199 312
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We visited the Observatory as an excursion organised by my daughter's kindergarten. The Observatory is located near Sovereign Hill and has a number of displays relating to the site's long history. There were several modern telescopes to look through, which provided excellent views of the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jason F
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We went to see astronomical photos as part of the International Photo Biennale but fell in love with the history and character of this public observatory (the oldest in Victoria). An interesting site with some marvellous historical equipment and records. The staff on duty were...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

We did the evening tour and viewing at the Ballarat Observatory a few weeks ago and it was terrific. Our host was very animated and excited by the whole thing, we could tell he liked his job. The night was fairly clear so we were...More

Date of experience: November 2016
3  Thank JGDynamo
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Very impressed with the knowledge of both staff we met. Very friendly as well. The children loved it. Except that in summer, the sun sets late, and by the time we finished, it was past 10pm and the weather was chilly.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank hlmh
Reviewed 6 September 2016

The highlight of the night was definitely the presenter. He was clearly passionate about astronomy, and science in general, and his passion was contagious. Every question or comment was valued and some great discussions took place.

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank whisperingwaters2016
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for using your brain! ... parents should try to do this before bringing very small children along. Capturing the Cosmos is a great educational movie that will slightly blow your mind, screened on an impressive 3D projector. But if your...More

Date of experience: July 2016
4  Thank NicoleStanhope
Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

We took our two children here who are 11 and 13. We all loved it. The tour guide, Phil, was fantastic. A wealth of knowledge. They are very welcoming and keen to share their knowledge. If you like astronomy or science, this place is a...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Angela F
Reviewed 9 March 2016

Not only do they have the oldest observatory in Australia, and not only do they have SEVERAL antique telescopes, and not only do they have historic buildings with amazing lead stained glass windows, but they have expert passionate volunteers to make the experience come alive....More

Date of experience: March 2016
3  Thank JanCarol11
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

We visited the observatory at night in order to look at stars/planets etc but we're disappointed in the quality of the viewing and thought it would be more interesting, the street lights ruined the experience as it seems it's set on a small property!

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Inspire523269
Reviewed 12 March 2015

I've been to this observatory at least 7 times over the last few years and it is without a doubt my favourite attraction in Ballarat, and the best viewing at an observatory anywhere in Victoria! The staff and volunteers go out of their way to...More

Date of experience: January 2015
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4 May 2015|
Response from Beck and Steven X |
Hi Wombatroo, Some areas of the Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum are definitely wheelchair friendly. That would include the 3rd Rock Café, the Federation Telescope & some of the surrounding out buildings, some which... More