One of the things I used to do with my dad when I was little was go to the planetarium. Most of the pop science narration flew right over my tiny head but the feeling of looking at the old-school dome, filled with stars and cute little wandering planets (a Greek word which literally means wanderers, as the ancient Greeks called them because, contrary to the rest of the stars, they slowly moved across the sky) has stayed with me to this day.
In fact, today I can safely say that some of the groundwork for my big love for the sky was laid then, in the Eugenides Planetarium. That and the foundation it belongs to, one of the most important scientific institutions in Greece, matured as well as I did and 2003 saw the opening of its new digital dome, a must for anyone with even a passing interest in astronomy, the sciences or audiovisual stimulation.
New films with themes ranging from space junk to the evolution of life on earth to trips around the solar system come out every few months so there’s always something new on show. Unfortunately, most shows are offered only in Greek dubs and narration but I suggest that you do not let that stop you.
In the same building you can find an interactive scientific exhibition the sort of which I just love and the planetarium’s boutique. Bus lines 550 and B2 can get you there from the centre of the city. Stop ΕΥΓΕΝΙΔΕΙΟ (Evgenidio).