Visitors to the Palermo Woods can’t miss the Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Planetario Galileo Galilei), with its futuristic silver dome towering over the surrounding park and lake. Inaugurated in 1966, the planetarium remains a popular family attraction, hosting a space-themed museum and daily shows.
Visitors can attend one of the planetarium’s twice-daily shows or visit the planetarium museum, where highlights include a piece of lunar rock from the Apollo XI mission, an interactive robot, a Big Bang Experience, and a number of multimedia and virtual reality presentations. Many tours of the Palermo neighborhood include a photo stop at the planetarium, often in combination with a visit to the surrounding Palermo Woods and Rose Garden.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Separate tickets are required for the museum and shows; children under 6 are free.
- The museum and planetarium shows are only in Spanish.
- There is nowhere to buy food and drinks around the planetarium, so consider packing a picnic, or head through the Palermo Woods to one of the restaurants along Avenida del Libertador (a 15-minute walk).
- The planetarium is wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The planetarium is located in the northern section of the Palermo Woods, at the intersection of Avenida Sarmiento and Avenida Belisario Roldán. The closest train station is Saldías, about a 20-minute walk away, and buses 37, 57, 67, and 130 stop right outside.
When to Get There
Shows are held twice per day Tuesday to Friday, and they can be popular, so arrive early to guarantee a seat. Visits to the museum are only available Tuesday to Friday at 11:30am, 2pm, and 4pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm. The planetarium is closed to the public outside of these times, so it’s worth double-checking that museum visits are available, especially if you’re visiting in low season.
The planetarium is located within the Palermo Woods (Bosques de Palermo)—also known as February 3 Park (Parque Tres de Febrero)—one of Buenos Aires’ largest parks. Encompassing almost 1,000 acres (405 hectares), the park is home to Rosedal Lake (Lago del Rosedal), the Japanese Garden, the Spanish Monument, and the Rose Garden (El Rosedal) and offers ample opportunities for nature walks and cycling tours. The Buenos Aires Eco Park and the Botanical Gardens are also within walking distance.