The Pamplona Planetarium was inaugurated on 26 November 1993. It is currently part of the Sociedad Pública Navarra de Infraestructuras de Cultura, Deporte y Ocio (NICDO). Its main aim is to spread scientific knowledge using the starry sky as a motivating element. Pamplona Planetarium productions can be seen in many other planetariums throughout Spain and around the world. In addition, it is a centre designed for quite different activities for all ages: conferences, courses, congresses, exhibitions, events, workshops, concerts, and more, where not just Science, but all representations of Culture also have their space, and our support.
Pamplona Planetarium’s scientific education and outreach activities are backed by the support of the Caja Navarra Foundation and La Caixa Social Foundation.
The red-brick building’s exterior stands out thanks to its cylindrical and parallelepiped shape with its golden ratio. It is nestled in Yamaguchi Park, a expansive area rich in different species of tress, with a Japanese garden paying homage to Pamplona’s sister city and the park’s namesake.
The planetarium enjoys a total usable surface area of 3,688 m². The semi-basement floor (1,723 m²) is home to the workshop room, two classrooms, and the library. The first floor (1,945 m²) is organised around a large multi-use vestibule, where the projection room, a large exhibition hall, shop, and conference room can be found.
Rooms: capacity and equipment
- The auditorium, with capacity for 240 individuals, welcomes numerous conference, congress, and round table events.
- The Tornamira star projection room brings together sophisticated projection systems of stars, planets, images of all kinds, video, and special effects. In addition to the main projector, the room has 50 slide projectors and twenty computer-controlled special effects.
- Others: Added to all of this technological sophistication is the ability to present moving images using video projections.