The sky’s no limit at Rio Tinto

The silver cones housing the two theatres at the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.

SITUATED in the middle of Canada’s largest natural science museum complex, Space for Life, the newly-opened Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium aims to blend science with art.

The £30 million, eco-friendly building is dominated by two enormous aluminium-clad cones housing the Chaos Theatre, where a film depicting a journey into space is soundtracked by a symphony by minimalist composer Philip Glass, and the Milky Way Theatre, which hosts productions of the night sky that change seasonally, presented by an astronomer.

Special group packages are available that combine entry to the planetarium with other Space for Life attractions such as the Biodôme, the Insectarium and the Montréal Tower.

For further information telephone 00 1 514 868 3000


Reach for the cars in Zagreb

THE Croatian capital, Zagreb, is to open the country’s first car museum on 29th June.

Named after the man who brought the first car to Croatia in 1901, the Automobile Museum Ferdinand Budicki will showcase more than 50 makes of classic car across 1,500 square metres of exhibition space.

Vehicles on display at the museum will include locally popular models such as the Zastava Fićo, the Citroen DS and 2CV and the VW Beetle.

There will also be a section dedicated to a collection of Vespa motorcycles, and motorbike aficionados will also have the opportunity to view old Tomos, Yamaha, Prima and Solex models.

Other elements will include car-related photographs, mechanics workshops, film projections and events relevant to the history of car culture in Croatia.

For further information telephone 00 385 1 48 98 555


News in brief

Island museum re-opens

Tasmania’s 150-year-old Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is to re-open following a £21 million redevelopment project that has seen its heritage buildings restored and refurbished and its display spaces hugely expanded.

The new spaces include a dedicated facility for travelling exhibitions that will enable TMAG to host international shows of a standard not previously seen on the island, and extra room to showcase more of TMAG’s state collection. Archaeological artefacts that have never before gone on display will be revealed for the first time, arranged to illuminate Tasmania’s history.

A new visitor entrance has also been created, surrounded by heritage buildings on one side and a new building housing a cafe on the other.

For further information telephone 00 61 3 6211 4134