Chalmers' visitor centre for space
technology and astronomy is located right next to the telescopes at Onsala Space
Observatory. The result of an innovative, climate-aware building project, the centre
was inaugurated on 27 September 2022. A new exhibition in the centre is taking
shape, developed with local schools and other partners.
At the visitor centre, school classes and
the general public can experience and discover how technology makes it possible
to explore space and the universe. Here visitors can get close to Onsala Space
Observatory's telescopes and instruments, the research they conduct, and the
observatory's international projects, among them the SKA Observatory. Visitors
can also discover space research being done at Chalmers and by its partners in
In the visitor centre we are creating a
new, modern exhibition. Here, visitors of all ages can experience - and
discover for themselves - the universe, the Earth and the technology used to
explore both space and our planet.
Pupils from Lövgärdesskolan in Gothenburg are involved in developing the new exhibition.
Credit: Chalmers/Anna-Lena Lundqvist. Acknowledgement: LEGO ALMA model is developed in collaboration with the University of Bonn
and how to visit
visitor center is open for prebooked groups and events only. Our visitors are school
students from year 2 up to upper secondary school, and the general public.
We offer guided tours for both schools and other groups, plus regular
events for the general public.
centre is located close to working telescopes at Onsala Space Observatory,
on the west coast of Sweden, south of Gothenburg. The building is close to
both the 25-metre telescope and to Onsala's Twin Telescopes.
centre has been built as far as possible following sustainable building practices.
We have aimed to minimise climate impact and maximise reuse and circularity.
Before and during construction, we tested many
new approaches, from emissions-driven procurement to planning and implementing
new and remodeling projects with minimal climate impact.
has been purchaser and developer for the project. The building was designed by White arkitekter. NCC Building Sweden was the
building contractor for the project.
has its own page with information in Swedish about the construction project.
The centre was built in 2021 and 2022 and was
opened on 27 September 2022. The first visitors will be received during late 2022.
and construction are coordinated by the Department of Space, Earth and
Environment at Chalmers and Chalmersfastigheter. Onsala Space
Observatory works together with Chalmers fundraising office, Universeum,
Slottsskogsobservatoriet, and others.
The exhibition is being developed in
collaboration with some of the region's schools and with the division for Interaction
Design at Chalmers’ Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.
New "portal to space" at Onsala Space Observatory (news article 2022-09-29)
coming closer: a climate-smart visitor center in Onsala (press
release in Swedish, 2019-09-23)
Cumming, astronomer and communicator, Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers, +46 70 493 3114
or +46 31 772 5500, email@example.com
Wirström, Division head and Deputy Director, Onsala Space Observatory,
Chalmers, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 31 772 5500
Gabriell Asmar, project manager, Chalmersfastigheter,
A (top). The new visitor centre at Onsala
Space Observatory, surrounded by the observatory’s telescopes.
Photo: Chalmers/Anna-Lena Lundqvist
B. Pupils from Lövgärdesskolan in
Gothenburg are involved in developing the new exhibition.
Photo: Chalmers/Anna-Lena Lundqvist
Acknowledgement: LEGO ALMA model is developed in collaboration with the University of Bonn