Watch cult sci-fi films at London's only planetarium: this month’s screening is the 1984 film, 2010: The Year We Make Contact; and discover more about the mysterious planet Venus in our Out of this World weekend activities.

Admission charges apply to planetarium shows, Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard, courses and some events – see below for details.

Entry into the Astronomy Centre is free.

Exhibitions and Events

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich displays the spectacular winning images from this year’s competition in the Observatory’s Astronomy Centre.

From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the entries to this year’s competition reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners.

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 is organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Entry to the Astronomy Centre and to the exhibition is free of charge. 

Special Events

An Evening with the Stars

The popular after dark experience at the Royal Observatory Greenwich includes a show in London’s only public planetarium, and the chance to look through the gigantic Great Equatorial Telescope at what the night sky has to offer.

Plus, spend some time on the Greenwich Meridian with a hot drink, an amazing view and astronomers on hand to answer all your space-related questions.

Note: In the event of adverse weather conditions observing may not be possible. A presentation by one of our astronomers will replace the observing session. No refunds can be provided.

Silver Screen Sci-Fi Showing: 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

In this sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a joint American-Soviet expedition is sent to the mysterious planet Jupiter to discover what happened on the first doomed mission, Discovery.

Set against a backdrop of growing global tensions, the team must work quickly to discover why Discovery’s sentient computer disobeyed orders, and how the appearance of a huge, black monolith in Jupiter’s orbit could affect their survival.

Following the movie there will be a talk from one of our astronomers on the science behind the film. Popcorn, confectionery, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in the Planetarium foyer before the event.

Think Space Lecture

Find out about the latest research and developments in astrophysics with our Think Space Lectures. No prior knowledge is required, just a healthy dose of curiosity.

Family Events

Out of this World: Venture to Venus

Find out about the unusual cloud-wrapped planet Venus in the Planetarium. Discover amazing past, present and future missions to explore this deadly world in our interactive science quiz and make a paper globe of this mysterious planet to take home with you.

Weekend Space Cadets

Come along to our new programme of weekend family workshops and participate in a wide range of activities related to space science and exploration: from life on the International Space Station to the latest robotic missions exploring the solar system and beyond.

Talking the Line

Enjoy a range of public talks and activities delivered by our Observatory Explainers in the Meridian Courtyard. Talks will cover topics ranging from the history of the Royal Observatory Greenwich to the science of navigation and timekeeping, while activities will range from solar observing to hands-on science demonstrations.

Note: In the event rain this activity will take place in the Great Equatorial Telescope or the Octagon Room. Please check with our Visitor Assistants.

Planetarium Shows

Peter Harrison Planetarium

The Peter Harrison Planetarium, featuring state-of-the-art technology is the only public planetarium in London and is the centrepiece of the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

An ‘Astro Ticket’ combining access to the historic Royal Observatory buildings and Meridian Courtyard with a planetarium show is available subject to availability. This offers savings for both individuals and families – contact the bookings team or see the website for further information.

Please note that the Planetarium is closed on the first Tuesday of every month for essential maintenance (except August and during Easter).

We Are Stars

Narrated by Lord of the Rings actor, Andy Serkis, this unique show explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and explosive origins. Discover what we are made from, where it comes from, and examine the link between life on Earth and the evolution of the Universe.

The Sky Tonight

This live show, presented by a Royal Observatory Astronomer, takes visitors on a tour of what can be seen in the night sky on the day of their visit and the months ahead. The journey takes in stars, constellations, planets and moons, and includes a fly-out to the edge of the visible Universe.

Meet the Neighbours

The Earth travels around the Sun with seven other planets, hundreds of moons and millions of asteroids. Meet our neighbours in space in this entertaining, interactive show where you can decide which planets to visit. Presented live by a Royal Observatory Astronomer.

Space Safari

Follow the adventures of Ted as he searches the Solar System for the great, big bear in the sky, visiting the Sun, the Moon and the Planets. In collaboration with local schools, music and songs have been developed by Trinity College of Music.


Time and Space at the Royal Observatory Astronomy Galleries

Situated in the Astronomy Centre, these three visually striking galleries provide opportunities to explore astronomy and our place in the universe. With amazing hands-on exhibits helping to provide answers to big questions, the galleries discover how astronomers study space and explain recent developments in modern astronomy. Admission: Free

The Gagarin Terrace at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is home to the statue of the celebrated Russian cosmonaut and first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. The statue was originally sited at the Mall in London, please see website for details.

Time Galleries 

Explore the importance of time in all our lives through the interactive exhibits in galleries on ‘Time and Longitude’, ‘Time and Greenwich’, and ‘Time and Society’. Admission charges applies, please see website for details. Admission price includes entry to Flamsteed House, the Meridian Courtyard and the Meridian Building in addition to the Time Galleries.

General Information

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.

In preparation for the 400th anniversary in 2016 of its commissioning and design, the Queen’s House will be closed until 4 July 2016.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark are open daily 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change - please see website for details.

Admission to the Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is free. Admission to the Royal Observatory’s historic Flamsteed House, Time Galleries, Meridian Courtyard and Meridian Building is charged, please see website for details. An ‘Astro Ticket’ combining access to the historic Royal Observatory buildings and Meridian Courtyard with a Planetarium show is available offering savings for both individuals and families, please see website for details.

General admission to the National Maritime Museum is free. Admissions prices for Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online. For advance bookings and further pricing information please call 020 8312 6608 or email

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 4422.


For further information or images please contact: Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office Tel: 020 8312 6789/6545/6790 | 07960 509802 | Email: | Twitter: @RMGPressOffice