Penteli Visitor Centre - Athens
The Visitor Center opens to the public at least two weekends a month (Friday and Sunday nights)
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The Visitor Center of the Institute has been operating in Penteli since 1995. Its purpose is science education and public outreach aiming in particular at middle- and high school students. This is accomplished through special seminars, talks, and observations with the historic 62.5cm Newall refractor in Penteli.
The Center also produces educational movies on various astronomy related topics, which are presented to our visitors during the tours. The Visitor Center is located in the original building of the Newall refractor at the Penteli Astronomical Station (about 15 km from the center of Athens) and was completely refurbished in 2013.
More than 200.000 people and about 6.000 schools have visited the Center since it commenced its operations.The tours consist of oral and video presentations, followed by a tour of the Newall telescope and observations, weather permitting.
The Visitor Center can accommodate up to 125 people. The regular evening tours are suitable for individuals above 8 years old. It operates on a first-come first-serve basis and no advance reservations can be made. All presentations are in greek. Doors open at 19:15 and typically close around midnight. Entrance fee: €5
Daily tours designed for elementary and high schools students are also available by appointment. They are scheduled during regular working days from 9:30-11:00 and 11:30-13:00 throughout the academic year. Entrance fee per student: €2,50