Planetarium

DIRECTIONS!

Preface: If these directions prove unhelpful, you may call 207-780-4249 or 207-317-0827 for further assistance.

DIRECTIONS TO THE SOUTHWORTH PLANETARIUM:

Planetarium building

Unlike most cities, Portland has quite prudently hidden its planetarium from public view. Our dome is concealed underground, so that neat dome-roof is not visible. However, finding us isn't too difficult, provided you abide by the following directions.

TWO IMPORTANT NOTES:

1) For those who use GPS navigation, we're located in the University of Southern Maine's Science Building located at 70 Falmouth Street, Portland, Maine.

2) The Planetarium is underground. When you enter the building, look for a mural of the planet Saturn. Descend the stairwell located beneath this mural.

IF:

YOU DRIVE INTO PORTLAND ON ROUTE 302:

Route 302 becomes Forest Avenue once you enter Portland. You will want to continue on Forest Avenue until you reach the Forest Avenue/Falmouth Street intersection. (At this intersection you will see the Key Bank to your right, the University Credit Union to your left; and the Oakhurst Dairy ahead of you.) Turn RIGHT onto Falmouth Street. The planetarium is in the Science Building located approximately 1/5 th of a mile on your left. (The right side of the street consists of houses and apartments; the left side is Oakhurst Dairy followed by the University of Southern Maine campus.)

Look for the planetarium sign above the glass doors facing Falmouth Street. (See photo above.)

 

YOU DRIVE INTO PORTLAND ON ROUTE 25

Route 25 becomes Brighton Avenue once you enter Portland. Continue down Brighton Avenue until you reach a three street intersection where Brighton Avenue; Deering Avenue and Falmouth Street converge. This convergence of three streets is properly known as "The Brighton Nexus."  (A memorial service is conducted here every Candlemas to commemorate those who've starved to death at this location while awaiting the next light change.)   You'll find the University of Maine Law School (see picture immediately below) at this intersection. (Directions continue after the photo.)

 

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE LAW SCHOOL

Turn left onto Falmouth Street. (Note: Waiting at this intersection will give you the opportunity to either engage in that protracted heart-to-heart talk you've always wanted to have with your partner or to complete those 4-5 scrapbooking projects you've been meaning to finish.)

The Science Building is the second building to your right. (See the first photo toward the top of this page.)

  

IF YOU DRIVE INTO PORTLAND ON ROUTE I-295:

Take Exit 6B onto Forest Avenue. Once you leave the off-ramp, you'll be on Forest Avenue. (Unless you're a kamikaze driver, you'll only be able to travel in one direction.) Drive straight through the first set of traffic lights you encounter. At the next set of traffic lights, you'll be at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Falmouth Street. Turn left onto Falmouth Street.

The planetarium is in the Science Building located approximately 1/5 th of a mile on your left. (The right side of the street consists of houses and apartments; the left side is Oakhurst Dairy followed by the University of Southern Maine campus.)

Look for the planetarium sign above the glass doors facing Falmouth Street. (See photo above.)

IF YOU DRIVE INTO PORTLAND ON FOREST AVENUE (FROM DOWNTOWN OR THE OTHER SIDE OF PORTLAND):

Continue on Forest Avenue beyond the I-295 off and on ramps. After passing the off ramps, continue straight through the first sets of traffic lights.

At the next set of traffic lights, you'll be at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Falmouth Street. Turn left onto Falmouth Street.

The planetarium is in the Science Building located approximately 1/5 th of a mile on your left. (The right side of the street consists of houses and apartments; the left side is Oakhurst Dairy followed by the University of Southern Maine campus.)

Look for the planetarium sign above the glass doors facing Falmouth Street. (See photo above.)

IF YOU SEE THIS OUT YOUR CAR WINDOW, YOU'RE LOST:

camels and pyramids\

 

IF YOU COME INTO PORTLAND FROM MARS:

Good luck.

 

 

 

About Us

What can you do at the Southworth Planetarium?  See a showenroll in a classattend a lecture, buy fascinating science toys, explore our exhibit area, learn the night sky.

We are open throughout the week. Not only do we have public shows, but we offer private shows to school groups, scout troops, birthday parties, business organizations, and more.

Like the Universe, itself, the more you explore the planetarium, the more you'll discover!  

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