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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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Ranked #115 of 187 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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Gold Coast, Australia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
58 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Snohomish, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We went to this space center for a fun afternoon trip. It was quite expensive @ $18 a piece for 3 adults. That price was good for one movie, a 20 minute presentation, and exhibits. I estimate that half of the interactive exhibits didn't work, and that is no exaggeration. I was also surprised that you were entitled to only... More

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Watlington, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

If you interested in Space this is the place to go. Specially the Planetarium. Very informative. Also lots of stuff to due in the halls of space including a rock from the moon which you can touch.

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Norwich, England
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Have to say we were very disappointed by this. Fortunately we had booked a 3 attraction ticket otherwise it would have been very expensive. There are different shows on offer during the day and perhaps we just picked the wrong time to go, but both the shows we saw were pretty lame (one about re-conolisation of the moon which was... More

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Timaru, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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