National Planetarium building to be shut down to give way to new 'world-class' facility

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — The National Planetarium will be temporarily closed and its 46-year-old building in Rizal Park decommissioned, the National Museum of the Philippines announced on Monday.

In a statement, the National Museum said the move would pave the way for its development plans, as well as those of the National Parks Development Committee, in the central, eastern, and western sections of Rizal Park.

"There are times in the life of a beloved institution where a long chapter has to be brought to a close in order to start a new one, for a new contemporary world and a new set of generations of Filipinos," it said.

The National Museum has yet to present the specific plans, which it said are still in the development stage. However, it noted these include putting up a "world-class" planetarium that will replace the old facility inaugurated in 1975.

"We are sad to retire the old building, which has in its own way been a landmark in Manila and a pillar of the National Museum of the Philippines as a whole, but we are excited and motivated to work to deliver a new facility that will breathe new life into the National Planetarium as a beloved institution," the organization said.

It added that the new planetarium will be "truly worthy of the name in our present time" and "designed to serve the public well for many more decades to come with the unique experience that only a world-class planetarium can provide."