Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

3D Movies, Star Parties, Lectures, Night Sky Viewing and much more..

131st Year

“Discover the Amazing Universe.”

Visit Ballarat and come to Ballarat Municipal Observatory Museum and Learn about the Cosmos with our 3D Astrotour theatre, view planets & stars with our modern & historical telescopes.

Visit our Camera Obscura – open from 4,30pm, an amazing and beautiful experience.


23rd November – 23rd December  opening times

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – Bookings of 10  or more can be arranged for other times.

3rd Rock cafe open from 4.30pm

Afternoon Tour

4.45pm with safe solar viewing if clear.

EVENING TOUR and VIEWING AT THE TELESCOPE – Booking required 0429 199 312 Cost $25 Adult, $18 Concession, $12 Student, $60Family.

8.00pm – 10:00pm

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What’s on at the Observatory


Fauna and Firmament Tours


The Ballarat Observatory and Golden Nugget Discovery Tours have come together to give you an unforgettable bush and night time experience.

More information here

Group bookings for other times call on 0429 199 312.

 Sunday , Monday and Wednesday the Observatory is closed unless there is a pre – arranged booking or special event is on.

For help in planning your visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Join BAS and become a Member. Benefits include 20% Discount in our Science Shop and for all events, and 10% discount in the 3rd Rock Cafe – great value!


The Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum is delighted to have been awarded the 2017 Greg Binns Award for Outstanding Community Contribution to Heritage.

For Information about Current & Future Projects and to make a Donation, click this link



 Gift Voucher  Available for the
   Science Shop,
   3D Tours,



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