March 16, 2013: Open House at Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

An invitation from the Mayor of Montréal

MONTREAL, March 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Exactly three weeks before the official opening of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Mayor of Montréal, Mr. Michael Applebaum, sends out an invitation to all citizens of the Montréal urban community! On March 16, an open house will give the public an opportunity to discover the new building and those who created it, via a unique itinerary specially conceived for this event—a fascinating visit!

"Since 1966, Montrealers have had a wonderful love affair with their Planetarium. This is why we are pleased to open the doors of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium to them for a sneak peek. They can be proud to be among the first to step inside this boldly designed building, which will, without question, help raise Montréal's profile," Mayor Applebaum declares.

Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of the Montréal Space for Life, adds: "The arrival of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium marks a turning point for the Space for Life. Finally together in one place, the Biodôme, the Insectarium, the Botanical Garden and now the new Planetarium will offer visitors a complete experience of nature, from the infinitely small to the infinitely large. We are pleased to give the public this exclusive look at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium as our teams put on the finishing touches ahead of the grand opening on April 6."

Discovering the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
On March 16, for the very first time, visitors will be allowed inside the building to see the new facilities, including two theatres offering immersive experiences as of April 6. A surprising itinerary will reveal the scope of the project, its bold architecture and the expertise of the craftspeople who have contributed to this magnificent achievement of the Space for Life.

Open House at Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Saturday, March 16 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - free admission
Tour of building: Approx. 40 minutes
Parking: 3000 rue Viau - Viau metro

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium project was made possible thanks to the cooperation of the Olympic Park and the financial contributions of the City of Montréal, the ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Canada Economic Development and Rio Tinto Alcan.



SOURCE: Espace pour la vie

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Jonathan Abecassis, Press Attaché
Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee
Telephone: 514 872-9998

Karine Jalbert, Communications Coordinator
Telephone: 514 872-1453 / 514 250-3230

Nadine Fortin, Communications Coordinator
Telephone: 514 868-3053 / 514 250-7753

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