Malacca Planetarium Adventure Science Centre, aka Melaka Planetarium, is a learning centre dedicated to the exciting world of astronomy and science. Opened in 2009, the planetarium is right beside the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC), approximately 20 minutes from the Ayer Keroh toll plaza. The three-storey, Islamic-inspired complex houses multiple exhibition areas together with a cafeteria, a library and also Malaysia’s largest dome theatre for periodical movie screenings.
Aimed to spread awareness and cultivate an interest in space science amongst children the Malacca Planetarium offers an insight of the amazing Milky Way, with attractions such as the solar system alley (depicting information about the sun and surrounding planets), and cosmic alley (light boxes with information on deep space objects like black holes and galaxies). For those who would like a hands-on experience, the planetarium also has space flight simulators for those astronaut-wannabes, and replicas of both the Malaysian satellite and the Hubble space telescope for those who would like a closer inspection of this coveted exploration equipment.
The 2-D projection screens deserves a mention too; the history of rocket science and how it has advanced to developing technologies of missiles and space exploration is relayed, with details on key persons and important events throughout the movie. The galaxy getaway is a noteworthy part of Malacca Planetarium, with info kiosks equipped with recorded sounds of space received by radio telescope. It might be a little eerie listening to these sounds at first, but it really does make you aware of the vast universe we’re all a part of!
The second floor of Malacca Planetarium is dedicated to its state-of-the-art full dome 3-D space theatre, with a range of 3-D films for visitors of all ages to enjoy. With a seating capacity of 200 and show-times as frequent as nine times on a weekend, visitors are encouraged to enrich their experience through these educational documentaries and movies, which has a running time of less than an hour.
Other facilities in Malacca Planetarium include a library where visitors can browse through space-related books and news, a cafeteria serving thirst quenchers and local favourites, and an aerospace souvenir kiosk for those interested in purchasing astronomical gift items such as telescopes. The space centre also provides facilitators for those who would like a tour with narration, and also special programmes for primary and secondary school students. Both are subject to availability, so call and book ahead if you’re interested.
Malacca Planetarium Adventure Science Centre
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 09:15 – 18:00
- Address: Kompleks MITC, Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, Malacca
- Tel: +606 232 2424
- Price Range: Adult RM10; students RM8; senior citizen and children under seven years old RM5