Opened in 1955 to commemorate Poland's greatest astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus - of whom a fine statue can be found outside - this is the country's oldest planetarium, which given the time period isn't necessarily a good thing. Located along the cracked pavements of Silesia Park, while charming in intent the actual building is a quite depressed, somewhat scrubby 23m concrete dome. The large auditorium now shows a new astrological show entitled "Structures of the Universe", although it is currently only available in Polish. There is also a working observatory with a 30cm Zeiss telescope, seismic observatory and weather station, we're reliably informed the full sky show can be arranged in English. If you dig 50s sci-fi, you'll get a kick out of this; otherwise this throwback may be a disappointment.
Al. Planetarium 4, Chorzów , No District (+48) 32 745 27 28 more than a year ago
Observatory open 09:00 - 18:00; Sat, Sun 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon. Sky Shows open 17:00; Sat, Sun 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00. Closed Mon.
Regular admission 2zł (observatory), weather station 4zł, seismic observatory 3zł, sky show 12/6zł, families up to 4 people 30zł.