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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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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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Understandably, the old Zeiss Projectors aren't in use anymore - but digital isn't always better

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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.

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cannonfodder99
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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Richmond, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I finally came back here with my kids. I remember a lot coming here as a kid and wanted my kids to bask in this experience. We were a little disappointment at the exhibits. Most of the interactive exhibits did not work. They had signs of out of order or no signs but clearly broken. One of the exhibits was... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The museum is small...the exhibits could easily fit into a good-sized hotel lobby, excluding the planetarium. Highlights for the kids were the alien creation computers and the machine designed to upset your balance. They read the other materials, but kept coming back to the most interactive items. I could have finished everything in 45 minutes. They took almost two hours.... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The original name was The Planetarium. It is very educational and is a non profit organization. Their goal is to educate, inspire and create wonder about the universe and space exploration. There are replicas and scaled down models of the Canadarm that assisted in the Space Shuttle Program with NASA. The Canadarm went into space in 1981 and was retired... More 

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Moscow, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This gallery/show was nice, but not spectacular for the cost. The planetarium is the best part, but only one show is included for the cost of admission.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Lovely building, great shows, interesting experience. Located in a lovely spot where you can a have a great beach stroll around the area.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We visited 5 years ago and the exhibits look the same. I guess they don't get much funding! That said, the live shows (we went to Rocket Lab and Day in Space) were great. Day in Space was mostly showing youtube videos that we have seen from the NASA website, but the Rocket Lab show was fantastic, teaching Newtown's laws.... More 

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New York
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51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The highlight is the planetarium, but other than that fairly second rate exhibits that again are leveled at younger kids/teens. Disappointing compared to other metropolis museums in America and Europe. Not something I could recommend at all.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Three museums are together. Do get a combination ticket as we did. We had to go down the street to eat, there is no restaurant on the property, just vending machines. The parking is NOT included, but Vancouver has pay parking everywhere! We went through the Space Center quickly & got into the Planetarium program. It was nice, but as... More 

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