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HR Macmillan Space Centre

1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9, Canada (Kitsilano)
604-738-7827
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As featured in Vancouver for young kids
Ranked #114 of 184 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Multi-media astronomy shows in the Planetarium Star Theatre are enhanced by 20-minute live demonstrations in the GroundStation Canada Theatre that... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Timaru, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

When you drive up to the center, the fountain is impressive. The design of space is laid out to give the feeling of spaciousness. Some of the displays don't work, that is not a problem. The first show "Ground Station Canada", is well done and nicely interactive. The Planetarium though, as expected, is the hidden jewel. Fully encompassing, nicely filmed... More

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Victoria, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Admittedly I went as a boy and thought the dome with lay-back seats was cool, and recently I took my kids and I still think its cool. One of my children thought it was the best part of our entire trip of Vancouver, the other kids were mixed. All of the kids liked the presentations/shows in the smaller theatre due... More

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Fort Langley, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I used to go to the Planetarium as a child and then started to take my own children who are now teenagers. I was hoping that the poor reviews were untrue but alas I have to echo them. It has changed even in the last few years since I last went. The location is beautiful. We took a lovely walk... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

To much money to get in. My family and I had to pay about 80$!!! For that we only got to watch a short planetarium presentation! Additional presentations meant MORE MONEY! That said, staff were very knowledgeable and knew lots of facts about our universe. The exhibits were amazing which made up for some of the money. My son particularly... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

But don't expect much from the displays. Most of them are out of order or barely functional and all are geared toward young children. The planetarium and live shows are nice, but the other 20-25 minutes worth of exhibits need serious updating.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We paid nearly forty dollars (2 adult admission @ $18 each) for less than ten minutes worth of exhibit. It's run down, most interactive pieces are not functioning. Certainly not created for adults, hardly anything educational, which was disappointing for us -but the three children with another family also seemed disappointed that nothing worked. Not worth the money. Skip it... More

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Richmond, Canada
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146 reviews 146 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The highlight of my visit to the Space Centre is the presentation in the Star Theatre (upgraded digital cameras) projecting images upon the massive dome. The Searcher (a journey into deep space) was well worth the visit and the cost of admission.

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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had been here 13 yrs ago and returned today with our two kids 7 and 9. The planetarium was really great we all enjoyed it. The one thing we really wanted to share with our kids was the cool flight simulator. It's gone because it cost too much to run. All the exhibits are completely warn out. Most hardly... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Not so much for adults not with kids. The Centre shares a building with the Museum of Vancouver in Kitsalano. There are activities and demonstrations geared for children, a couple of rooms devoted to the Canadian space program, and your entrance fee includes one planetarium show.

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Vancouver bc
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84 reviews 84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

They need to refurbish this attraction. I was embarrassed to know people were paying good money to enter this attraction. What do they do with all the money they make? Skip it and go next door to the MOV.

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