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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 #117 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW 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
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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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128 reviews 128 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
161 helpful votes 161 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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Winnipeg, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I'm very glad we got in free due to our membership in our hometown at our science centre. While I really like the idea of this place and some parts of it were impressive, it was kind of disappointing. The exhibit area was very small and limited. It wasn't updated with any recent events, and some of the exhibits weren't... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We catch the show "Surfing The Solar System" witch was very interesting for us parents; unfortunately not so much for our 6 or 4 years old. ( we'll come back in few years...) The planetarium theater is great; it get pitch black and you get to see the stars - kind a waw effect for me. It make us to... More

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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Permanent exibition is very well done, for kids in school age. Many informations, simulators, machines... and videos! Don't miss the planetarium experience, I always love planetariums and this is very well done and show well explained.

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vancouver
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62 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Small, run-down, tired, out-dated..this is the worst space museum I've ever seen. There is nothing among the broken, worn exhibits to inspire or interest. Needs a serious re-think or just shut it down.

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