Welcome to the beautiful province of Gauteng, enter one keyword:

The history of the Johannesburg Planetarium begins in the year 1956, when the Festival Committee, instituted to organise the celebrations in that year of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the city, decided that it would be a most fitting way to mark the occasion to raise the funds needed to buy and house a Zeiss Planetarium. Since timing was a matter of importance, and since it was soon found that it would not be possible to obtain a new instrument within a period of less than a year, it was decided to try and buy one of the existing instruments in Europe.


With the assistance of the manufactures, and after prolonged negotiation, the Festival committee succeeded in inducing the City Council of Hamburg to sell the instrument which had been in use in that city since 1930, under conditions that the projector would be fully modernised in the Zeiss factory at Oberkochen, and that a new instrument would in due course be build for Hamburg.

The Hamburg projector was therefore immediately dismantled and moved to Oberkochen for complete overhaul and, in time, was completely rebuilt, while all the additional apparatus and improvements developed since it was originally built were added. The result was an instrument as modern and complete as any in the world.

In the meantime, however, the responsibilities of the Festival Committee had been taken over by the Johannesburg City Council who, after further negotiations, finally sold the projector to the University of the Witwatersrand for use in the formal instruction of students and as a public amenity for the citizens of Johannesburg and of South Africa in general. Plans for the building were drawn in 1958, and building commenced in 1959.

Finally the stage had now been reached when the instrument had been installed and adjusted by a team of Zeiss technicians, and the building was on the point of final completion. On 12 October 1960 the first full-sized planetarium in Africa, and the second in the Southern Hemisphere, opened its doors to the public.


The Sky Tonight
Fri 19th Jan 8pm

The Moon
Sat 20th Jan 10:30am Space Travel (5-8yrs)
Sat 20th Jan 3pm

The Moon
Thu 25th Jan 7pm Sky Tonight
Fri 26th Jan 8pm

The Moon
Sat 27th Jan 10:30am Space Travel (5-8yrs)
Sat 27th Jan 3pm


2007 marks the start of the International Lunar Decade. We look at our next-door neighbour - from mythology to current mysteries.

Show Times


Fridays from Jan 12th 8pm
Saturdays from Jan 6th 3pm

Telescope viewing after show, weather permitting.


Show Times


Thursdays 7pm

Tickets are available from half an hour before each show.

QUICK LOOK

2007

The Moon
Thu 18th Jan 7pm Sky Tonight
Fri 19th Jan 8pm

The Moon
Sat 20th Jan 10:30am Space Travel (5-8yrs)
Sat 20th Jan 3pm

The Moon
Thu 25th Jan 7pm Sky Tonight
Fri 26th Jan 8pm

The Moon
Sat 27th Jan 10:30am Space Travel (5-8yrs)
Sat 27th Jan 3pm

The Moon

The Moon
starts 6th Jan 2007

2007 marks the start of the International Lunar Decade. We look at our next-door neighbour - from mythology to current mysteries.

Show Times


Fridays from Jan 12th 8pm
Saturdays from Jan 6th 3pm


The Sky Tonight



A tour of our current night skies and objects.

Telescope viewing after show, weather permitting.
Show Times


Thursdays 7pm

Tickets are available from half an hour before each show.

Tickets

Adults R25
Children/Scholars/Students/Seniors R16
Groups (20+) R16 Please book to get
group rate
Family ticket R60

How to get there

From Pretoria (north)

* Take the Ben Schoeman highway (M1) to Johannesburg;
* Take the Empire Road off-ramp;
* at the T-junction at the end of the off-ramp, turn right into Empire road;
* move to the left-hand lane;
* just before the traffic lights, take the slip-road to the left into Yale Road;
* you will pass through WITS Traffic Control - tell them you are going to the Planetarium;
* Drive past the Planetarium on your left, and take the first entrance on on your left (Entrance 10) onto East Campus;
* Take the next turn left and proceed down to the Planetarium.

From the South

* Take the M1 to Johannesburg;
* take the Smit Street off-ramp;
* turn left into Smit Street;
* take the first left into Eendracht Street;
* drive up to the first set of traffic lights and turn left into De Korte Street;
* go to the right-hand lane;
* pass straight through the traffic lights into Yale Road;
* at WITS Traffic Control tell them that you are going to the Planetarium;
* pass through the Amic Deck traffic lights;
* turn onto East Campus at the 3-way Stop street;
* take the first left turn, which will take you down to the Planetarium.
Contact Details


General Information The Planetarian
Director Dr. C Flanagan
Telescope Sales & Advice Mr. C Volschenk
School Bookings Mrs. J Hlatshwayo

Telephone Numbers:

Information (011) 717 1392
School Bookings (011) 717 1394
Fax (011) 339 2926

Postal Address:

The Planetarium
P O Box 31149
BRAAMFONTEIN
2017
South Africa

Street Address:

Yale Road Entrance 10
University of the Witwatersrand
Milner Park
Johannesburg





REQUEST INFORMATION:
 
BOOKING/QUOTE:
  
Name:
Telephone:
Email:
Message:
Request for:
Arrival date:      
Departure date:
Number of adults:
Number of children:
Children ages:
Extra requirements:
                     

INTOWEB WEBSITE MARKETING
Website Marketing
Search Engine Optimization
Google Adwords PPC
INTOWEB BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Intranet Development
Website Development