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National Planetarium closes

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The government has decided to “temporarily” shut down the operations of the National Planetarium in the Rizal Park in Manila to make it more attuned to the needs of the public in the 21st century, it was announced.

Reports said the Planetarium, which opened in 1975, will be demolished at some point to accommodate certain projects of the National Parks Development Committee.


The 46-year old Planetarium, which is being run by the National Museum, is being decommissioned in favor of a new complex to house the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology and the National Museum of Natural History.


However, there was no timetable set for the re-opening of a new National Planetarium facility which is expected to cost a huge amount of money if it is to keep abreast with other comparable facilities in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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