Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre Dr Brad Tucker looking at sunspots: Image: Stuart Hay, ANU. Dr Brad Tucker looking at sunspots: Image: Stuart Hay, ANU. Visitors create their own gravity experiments to see how objects orbit each other or even create gravitational waves: Stuart Hay, ANU. The visitor centre at Mount Stromlo shows a history of the Mount Stromlo site, detailing its national heritage and how it has changed over the past 100 years. Image: Stuart Hay, ANU.

The Visitor Centre exhibits feature not only Astronomy but world-class research from across ANU. It is unstaffed and entry is free. 

The Visitor Centre at Mount Stromlo has interactive astronomy exhibits and a new café with stunning views across Canberra. The refurbished centre will also give visitors a chance to observe sunspots and help astronomers find exploding stars.

Opening times for the Café and Visitor Centre over the holidays:

  • Friday December 21: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday December 22: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday December 23: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Monday December 24: CLOSED
  • Tuesday December 25: CLOSED
  • Wednesday December 26: CLOSED
  • Thursday December 27: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday December 28: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday December 29: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday December 30: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Monday December 31: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday January 1: CLOSED
  • Wednesday January 2 – Sunday January 27: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (open 7 days)

Stromlo Café is now open and under new management. Contact the café on (02) 6125 3634. 

Augmented Reality App

The visitor centre also features augmented reality. Download the free augmented reality app ANU Space to enrich your visit with holograms of scientists, trips back in time, and tours of telescopes around the world.

We try to keep our public outreach and education programs as accessible as possible by charging minimally. If you would like to support our public programs, including our visitor centre, you can donate online.