Medellin, Colombia was the first city in South America to have a computer controlled planetarium. Since first opening its doors to the public on October 10, 1984, the Medellin Planetarium has entertained more than a million people in the city of eternal spring. Officially known as the Jesús Emilio Ramírez Planetarium, the project was conceived by the Astronomical Society College of San Jose under the leadership of Daniel Julián González Patiño who is a renowned scientist, astronomer and botanist from Colombia. The intention of the Medellin Planetarium was to nurture and promote scientific research and culture in the city as well as the country.
Resembling a parked spacecraft, the sustainable and permanent structure was designed to encompass the area as much as the discipline of astronomy. The auditorium at the Medellin Planetarium also serves as a space to hold exhibits that are attended by international and national scholars that come from various educational fields including quantum physics and molecular biology. One of the main architects involved in the renovation of the Medellin Planetarium was Felipe Uribe de Bedout, who also designed the Parque de Los Pies Descalzos that is close by. Great care was given to the overall design layout of the area including the functionality of the attractions in coordination with their aesthetic appearance.
Completely renovated in 2006, the 300 seat Medellin Planetarium was blended into an integrated public space that soon became the single largest recreational and park areas in Medellin. It boasts a 57.5 foot diameter dome and is conveniently located next to the Metro Station Universidad. In addition to the Medellin Planetarium, the list activity list for the area includes Parque Norte, Parque Explora, Park of Wishes, Medellin Botanical Garden as well as the University of Antioquia. This area is a popular choice for travelers, tourists and families of Medellin that wish to discover the vast amount of educational, scientific, musical and outdoor related themes that make up the collection of tourist attractions.
Location of Medellin Planetarium:
CRA 52 #71-117 TEL: (574) 527-2222
METRO STATION: UNIVERSIDAD
TUESDAYS TO FRIDAYS (9:30, 11:00, 3:05)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (11:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30)
*CLOSED ON MONDAYS