Pilsen

Techmania and 3D planetarium

  U Planetária 2969/1      (+ 420) 737 24 75 85     more than a year ago
The Techmania Science Centre, one of the newest tourist destinations in Pilsen, is housed in a renovated factory building in the Škoda Plzeň complex. This modern interactive centre demonstrates that science is not just about research, but is also a possible source of fun. An area of 3000 square metres offers exhibits focused on physical games, experiments and scientific news or the exposition called MáToHáček, a collection of original scientific toys (not only) for children. In the permanent exhibit on the history and modern-day Škoda Plzeň one can admire unique technical items – the first locomotive with a fibreglass body (1963), the only surviving trolleybus type 3Tr3 (1947) and the oldest surviving electric locomotive produced in Pilsen

3D planetarium

The unique 3D Planetarium was opened at Techmania Science Centre in November 2013.

Two domes form the heart of the planetarium. The largest is 14 metres in diameter and can seat up to 90 visitors. From outside it looks like an enormous burning Sun with planets revolving around it. The second, smaller dome seats 40. The Planetarium also houses twenty-seven interactive exhibits where you can see for yourself how a tornado works, a volcano erupts, a rocket takes off, an astronaut feels during training and much more.

Sky-Skan technology allows three-dimensional films to be projected on a curved surface, allowing the viewer to feel as if the stars are within reach and it’s the only place in the Czech Republic which is able to project 3D films onto a spherical surface. As a result, visitors see three-dimensional objects not only in front of them, as they would in a standard cinema, but also all around them. Under the larger dome, audiences can watch a film about astronauts and feel as if they are right in the space shuttle’s cargo hold. Under the smaller dome they can see planet surfaces and curious phenomena.

In addition to cutting-edge 3D and 2D international educational films, locally-produced films are also screened, such as “Obloha nad” (The Sky Above) and “Krásy vesmíru” (The Beauties of the Universe). The section titled “Science on a Sphere” includes an interactive globe that screens 500 short films and educational programmes.
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Open

Open 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-19:00.
Though the planetarium is open daily, advance reservations are recommended online.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 180/110Kč. Family ticket 470Kč. Children under 4 free.

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