Celebrating Heritage and History in the Central Highlands 

Who: Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum

Event Description

This year the Observatory celebrates its 135th birthday! Come along and explore the Central Highlands heritage including industrial and science heritage and history.

Special talks, displays and activities will be held across the weekend. Observing through our historic and modern disability access telescope will be available. A beautiful crescent moon will be viewable through the Baker Telescope if clear. The Third Rock Cafe will be open for refreshments.

Special Opening night:

Wednesday 26th May,  2.30pm – 7.00pm

Special opening night for the Total Eclipse of the Moon with a talk about eclipses and historical information about past and future events in Ballarat including the Sun and Moon.

Additional Open Nights in May

  • Thursday 20th May, 2.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 21st May, 2.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 26th May,  2.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Thursday 27th May, 2.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 29th May, 2.30pm – 7.00pm


Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum, 439 Cobden St, Mount Pleasant VIC 3350


Friday 14 – Saturday 29 May


2:30pm – 7:30pm


Various options, please refer to booking website for details


5 – 105 years


Wheelchair access to the Oddie Room and Baker Hall, Brittain House and also disability Restroom facilities, and the custom built Adcock -Federation disability access telescope, the first public telescope of its kind in Australia.
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