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Address: 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9, Canada
Phone Number: 604-738-7827
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Multi-media astronomy shows in the Planetarium Star Theatre are enhanced...
Multi-media astronomy shows in the Planetarium Star Theatre are enhanced by 20-minute live demonstrations in the GroundStation Canada Theatre that keep you up-to-date on the latest space news. The Cosmic Courtyard ehibit gallery contains a real piece of moon rock you can actually touch, a J-2 Rocket Engine, artifacts and simulations. On Saturday nights you can visit the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory right next door and, if the skies are clear, you can see stars and maybe even a planet through the .5 metre Cassegrain telescope.
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A shame not all interactives were working

but the talks were all really informative and engaging. The planetarium similarly impressive. Much of the appeal of the balance of the centre is however the interactive displays... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Denise J
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

but the talks were all really informative and engaging. The planetarium similarly impressive. Much of the appeal of the balance of the centre is however the interactive displays, so the children were dissappointed that many seemed not to be working. If you are really into space it might be worth researching ahead of time to plan around the planetarium show... More 

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Georgetown, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Unless you're going for free OR you don't care about spending too much many and you're bringing kids who don't have high expectations/care about the material (lack of), this is simply not worth the entrance fee. Half of the interactive activities were broken so the kids ending up spending most of their time playing with Lego. The movies/presentations are extra... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

A space age building also located at the Maritime museum park. You can see it's very futuristic modern looking building and shape

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Staff is rude and customer service is nil. Telescope isn't even being used and the show wasn't very interesting. Needs some serious updating.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We visited the Center in anticipation of a really interesting morning. The programme was not as published on the web site ... So we missed what we wanted. The overall presentation is run down and needs to be refreshed. There were quantities of school children - great for their education, but made the viewing difficult. Facilities are basic. Vending machine... More 

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Vancouver
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is one of the few places in the world you can actually touch a rock brought back from the moon. Other than that, the displays are outdated and mostly broken. The shows are a bit hit and miss too which is too bad because the venue has so much potential. If you think the rather expensive price of admission... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This place really needs updating - quite a few of the interactive displays were out of order or awaiting renovation and much of the information is out of date. However, the shows were amazing - we really enjoyed finding out how astronauts live in space and the planetarium show was excellent. The staff are fantastic and extremely knowledgeable - the... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

There are many fantastic displays in the Centre, some of which are interactive. It has everything that you might expect at a Space Centre, and more. Amazing graphics and lots of display boards on everything from space shuttles to the cosmos. The Planetarium is also excellent, with regular shows going on. Be sure to attend one of them. There are... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Expensive and a few of the interactive displays were not working, so kids were bored & frustrated the planetarium almost saved the day but in my view had more fun at science museum don't waste your money

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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

First impressions were good when we arrived. Cool looking building with an impressive fountain out front. Sadly this was about as good as it got. There were about two working interactive displays with a few more that weren't working plus many "exhibit temporarily removed" spaces. We got through in about 10mins. We didn't bother staying for the movie screening as... More 

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