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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 - 5:00 pm
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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

Multi-media astronomy shows in the Planetarium Star Theatre are...

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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Interactive space displays, youth science classes, and a planetarium can be great fun for kids

This museum is geared more for kids, I thought, and can provide a couple of hours of great fun for them. The children who were there were clearly having a good time. Not too... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Chris C
Longmont, Colorado

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Longmont, Colorado
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24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum is geared more for kids, I thought, and can provide a couple of hours of great fun for them. The children who were there were clearly having a good time. Not too much there for adults. Planetarium seemed a bit dated and very few people were in attendance. The guy narrating it seemed very knowledgeable and engaging, but... More 

Thank Chris C
Marco Island, Florida
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Good for kids. Lots to see and do, interactive stations and suspect that parents will get a lot out of this on their own. The movies, and photos from the Hubble make the trip worthwhile.

Thank Food1363
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We got off the 'hop on, hop off' trolley bus thinking this would be a pleasant interlude. Unfortunately the whole thing is a much smaller scale than expected! The space displays are quite good, but limited in number. We did get to pick up a heavy meteorite and touch some real moon rock, but there wasn't much more than this... More 

Thank Stuart L
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

What a waste of time,outdated and very small displays.Takes a very short time to read and see everything. The planetarium had a pointless film about nothing really.Fell asleep for a moment during the film.Then there was a display about the night time sky.Nothing new there.It didn't help the tour guide had no idea about the seasons of the year and... More 

1 Thank 434Martinp
Vancouver, Canada
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54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Not a bad place to take the kids for a short visit, but there is little here to hold one's interest. The planetarium is the main attraction. A popular destination for school field trips when the students are studying their Space unit.

Thank Beersnbites
Johannesburg, South Africa
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The number of exhibits was very small. A few things, non functional. But the highlight was the space movie in the dome theatre. The science demonstration shows were informative and the presenter was spunky and entertaining. Two hours can cover it. There were a few vending machines on the lower floor for snacks. No gift shop. Easy paid parking lot... More 

Thank MapleLeafGirl123
Manchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We've been to a few space centre's around the world and weren't expecting too much form this. There are a few exhibits to look at but most of the experience is given over to the half-hour live science shows. They're aimed at kids but we enjoyed the one we went to. The planetarium shows are a little dated, we've been... More 

Thank Steve H
British Columbia
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194 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We attended Sept 12 and drove 1 hr to come to the Space Centre. We met a friendly man at the front counter who gave us good info on the shows. We attended the Colour of Fire demonstration(1230pm) with a man showing making gases and fire as the stars would are burning. He tried to be funny and was a... More 

1 Thank softsand-13
Ottawa, Canada
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55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Very disappointing! We went for the Saturday evening Realm of Light show - it was so bad that we asked for our money back. The sound system wasn't working properly and the show was really lame.

3 Thank PJWray
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I know that Zeiss Projectors (the astro mechanical devices I used to see "rise up" from its base in the middle of the planetarium are too expensive to maintain. But, I sure do miss their ability to really immerse the audience into a starry sky. Digital projections can provide more information and certain features that the old projectors can't, but... More 

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