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The Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium is currently under construction and is scheduled to open to the public in 2020.

The Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium, located in Coronation Park, is the first of its kind in Canada and an important historical landmark in Edmonton. Restoration of this 60-year-old building will ensure its heritage is maintained with some modern upgrades such as LED lights and new mechanical systems to meet the City’s sustainability standards and current codes, as well as a new accessible washroom available to both Planetarium and Coronation Park users.

Project Timeline

Project Lifecycle Concept

2020: Planetarium is operational

2019: Construction (anticipated completion end of year)

2018: Design

2017: Municipal historic resource designation

2015: Partnership opportunities explored and proponent(s) confirmed for joint operations of the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium

2014: Funding request for renewal approved in the 2015-18 capital budget

Project Overview

The rehabilitation and restoration project will support the preservation of this architectural icon and renew the building's identity and purpose. Design plans for this project were developed with contribution from the TELUS World of Science Edmonton and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The Planetarium project also supports the Coronation Park Master Plan by reactivating and enhancing the centre of the park.

Partnership with TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

The Coronation District Park Master Plan identifies Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium as an important element in the centre of the park that is intended to provide a community gathering place. One portion of the building will become park washrooms accessible to the public during park hours. The other part of the building will be leased to TELUS World of Science Edmonton to support their public programs and events.

Historical Designation

The intent of the rehabilitation is to honour the heritage, historical and architectural importance of the original exterior structure, while increasing the functionality of the interior. Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium was designated as a Municipal Historical Resource in 2017.

Dome Installation Video - September 2019

For More Information

Darren Giacobbo

Title Program Manager

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