Colonel McLaughlin funds a planetarium

1960s

Colonel McLaughlin funds a planetarium

Era: 

  • 1933 - 1968
  • planetarium under construction

    The planetarium dome rises

The space exhibition may have influenced Col R S McLaughlin to donate $2m for  a planetarium and a further million as an endowment fund. (Dr Meen, Chief Mineralogist, had been trying to raise interest for a decade). The University donated the land. At this point, there was again so much overcrowding that a new wing was planned along the Bloor Street frontage. Attendance was climbing to 750,000 annually. Friction of all kinds was felt by staff and visitors.

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