Planetarium at Dragão do Mar/ Planetário Rubens de Azevedo (video)

(Church across the street from Dragao do Mar…I liked the singing lol)

NEIGHBORHOOD (BAIRRO):  PRAIA DE IRACEMA

HOURS: DRAGAO DO MAR: Monday – Sunday 8AM – 11PM

PLANETARIUM:  Thursday – Friday 6PM – 7PM

Saturday – Sunday 5PM – 8PM

* It’s best to visit on Saturday or Sunday

PRICE: *Entering the Dragao do Mar Culture Center is Free*

* Entering the Planetarium Costs R$ 10

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • The Planetarium is located in the Dragao Do Mar Culture Center complex, which is FULL of art exhibits, coffe shops, and small restaurants. It’s a great place to factor in conjunction with visiting other exhibits that may be present at the complex itself.
  • IMAX film about some aspect of astronomy.
  • Seats that allow you to lie down while you look at the film, which is projected onto a domed screen on the ceiling.
  • Film lasts about 30 minutes
  • There’s a church accross the street that is in session on Saturday nights. I thought the singing was quite lovely!
  • RULES: a) NO CAMERAS ALLOWED
  •               b) NO FOOD, DRINKS OR GUM
  •               c) IF YOU LEAVE DURING THE PRESENTATION, YOU CANNOT ENTER AGAIN

DO THEY SPEAK ENGLISH? No. The film / presentation will be in Portuguese. However, the imagery is interesting enough to be engaging, even if you don’t completely understand what is being said.

WHAT I THINK: I think it’s a great place to visit as part of a wider agenda at the Dragao do Mar Culture Center Complex.  The best time to go would be Friday – Sunday, when there are likely other events during the weekend and a lively atmoshphere.

IS IT WORTH IT? YES!

HOW TO GET THERE: I would recommend taking and UBER or Taxi to Dragao do Mar.

ADDRESS: Rua Dragão do Mar, 81 – Praia de Iracema, Fortaleza – CE

*These pictures reflect a full day spent at the Dragao do Mar Culture Center, in addition to my visit to the Planetarium*

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