THE OLE RØMER OBSERVATORY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Aarhus is now the home of a unique learning platform for science situated in Kongelunden. The Ole Rømer Observatory and The Sciencepark is open to the public. 

The 110-year-old Ole Rømer Observatory, part of the Science Museums, has been renovated, and the building has been restored to a more original appearance. At the same time, the beautiful area around the observatory has been transformed into a Science Park where visitors and school classes can experience natural science in the daytime as well as in the darkness under the starry sky. Furthermore, the Ole Rømer Observatory is now accessible to everybody.

The foundations Salling Fondene and Nordea-fonden as well as Aarhus Municipality have supported the visionary Aarhus project with DKK 5 million. In addition, the foundations Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond and Realdania have supported the beautiful observatory with DKK 8.5 million. Moreover, Aarhus University has backed the project with DKK 3.5 million. This means that the restauration and development of the Ole Rømer Observatory as a new science platform in Aarhus have been fully funded.

The objective consisted of three parts:

  1. To restore the building and return it to a more original form
  2. To expand the use of the building and the garden by creating new, all-year education facilities.
  3. To secure full accessibility for all visitors.