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Marylebone Rd, NW1
Tel: 020 7935 6861
Nearest Tube: Baker Street
The Planetarium is next door to Madame Tussaud's and is another hugely popular attraction, again with long queues.
Once inside, the first area you enter has lots of information and visual displays about astronomy and the solar system. You will also find waxwork models of great scientists and astronomers through the ages. This makes any wait for a show both interesting and educational and should keep children entertained.
Once you get into the main auditorium, the Planetarium's show is projected onto a vast dome overhead. The show has recently been updated and is now a 30-minute virtual-reality presentation called 'Cosmic Perceptions' that takes you through the development of the solar system and the history of astronomy.
The Planetarium is linked to Madame Tussaud's so if you plan to visit both, it is more economical to buy a joint, all-inclusive ticket. Visiting the Planetarium first is also a good way of avoiding the queues to Madame Tussaud's. Opening hours vary throughout the year, so do check first before you go.
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