McLaughlin Planetarium

The McLaughlin Planetarium inspired generations of people from 1968 through 1995. It opened on October 26th, 1968 thanks in part from a grant from philanthropist Colonel R. Samuel McLaughlin.

The outer dome is 25.3 meters (83 ft) from the ground, and has an outer diameter of 27.7 meters (91 ft). The inner dome, made of curved aluminum sheets is 23 meters in diameter, over the theatre which could seat 340 people at a time.

The planetarium projector was a 4m (13 ft) 'dumbbell' Kombinat VEB Carl Zeiss type 23/6. 
 

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1957 Historic photo from 1957 - Falconer Hall - eastern building next to the ROM - torn down for McLaughlin Planetarium  in Royal Ontario MuseumFalconer Hall - eastern building next to the ROM - torn down for McLaughlin Planetarium
67 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - 1957
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1965 Historic photo from Wednesday, September 15, 1965 - Cut away view of the McLaughlin Planetarium model in Royal Ontario MuseumCut away view of the McLaughlin Planetarium model
59 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Wednesday, September 15, 1965
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1965 Historic photo from Wednesday, September 15, 1965 - Press conference unveiling model of the Zeiss planetarium projector for the McLaughlin Planetarium in Royal Ontario MuseumPress conference unveiling model of the Zeiss planetarium projector for the McLaughlin Planetarium
59 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Wednesday, September 15, 1965
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1965 Historic photo from Wednesday, September 15, 1965 - Colonel Samuel McLaughlin (left) on his 94th birthday celebration at the McLaughlin Planetarium press conference in Royal Ontario MuseumColonel Samuel McLaughlin (left) on his 94th birthday celebration at the McLaughlin Planetarium press conference
59 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Wednesday, September 15, 1965
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1965 Historic photo from Wednesday, September 15, 1965 - Press conference unveiling the McLaughlin Planetarium designed by architects Allward and Gouinlock in Royal Ontario MuseumPress conference unveiling the McLaughlin Planetarium designed by architects Allward and Gouinlock
59 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Wednesday, September 15, 1965
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1968 Historic photo from Thursday, October 24, 1968 - McLaughlin Planetarium electro-mechanical Zeiss planetarium projector or star projector in Royal Ontario MuseumMcLaughlin Planetarium electro-mechanical Zeiss planetarium projector or star projector
56 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Thursday, October 24, 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1968 Historic photo from Thursday, October 24, 1968 - McLaughlin Planetarium opening - round ball display cases in Royal Ontario MuseumMcLaughlin Planetarium opening - round ball display cases
56 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Thursday, October 24, 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1968 Historic photo from 1968 - Aerial view of the McLaughlin Planetarium, Royal Ontario Museum, and U of T Varsity Stadium in Royal Ontario MuseumAerial view of the McLaughlin Planetarium, Royal Ontario Museum, and U of T Varsity Stadium
56 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1968 Historic photo from Thursday, October 24, 1968 - McLaughlin Planetarium exhibits in Royal Ontario MuseumMcLaughlin Planetarium exhibits
56 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Thursday, October 24, 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1968 Historic photo from Thursday, October 24, 1968 - McLaughlin Planetarium control board in Royal Ontario MuseumMcLaughlin Planetarium control board
56 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Thursday, October 24, 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1968 Historic photo from Thursday, October 24, 1968 - McLaughlin Planetarium opening - rounded wall of Astrocentre Gallery with lunar lander exhibit in Royal Ontario MuseumMcLaughlin Planetarium opening - rounded wall of Astrocentre Gallery with lunar lander exhibit
56 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Thursday, October 24, 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1968 Historic photo from Thursday, October 24, 1968 - McLaughlin Planetarium scale of the planets in Royal Ontario MuseumMcLaughlin Planetarium scale of the planets
56 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Thursday, October 24, 1968
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1970 Historic photo from Wednesday, June 17, 1970 - Summer patio with umbrellas in front of the McLaughlin Planetarium in Royal Ontario MuseumSummer patio with umbrellas in front of the McLaughlin Planetarium
54 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - Wednesday, June 17, 1970
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
1977 Historic photo from 1977 - Full view of the projector at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Royal Ontario MuseumFull view of the projector at the McLaughlin Planetarium
47 years ago - Royal Ontario Museum - 1977
Link to archive record - Map location