Category:McLaughlin Planetarium

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The McLaughlin Planetarium is a former working planetarium whose building (as of 2008) continues to occupy a space immediately to the south of the Royal Ontario Museum (R.O.M.) in Toronto, at 100 Queen's Park. Founded by a grant from philanthropist Colonel R. Samuel McLaughlin, the facility was opened to the public on October 26, 1968. It had, for its time, a state-of-the-art electro-mechanical Zeiss planetarium projector that was used to project regular themed shows about the stars, planets, and cosmology for visitors. The Planetarium was forced to close on November 5, 1995, due to provincial budget cuts to the Museum. The Planetarium's exhibits, artifacts and theatre facilities were subsequently dismantled and dispersed. For a brief period it housed the Children's Own Museum. It is now used solely for offices and as a storage facility for the Museum. Early in 2009 the R.O.M. announced that it had sold the building and the site for $22 million to the University of Toronto, who plan to demolish the existing building and build additional facilities for its Law and Business faculties.