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HR Macmillan Space Centre

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Address: 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9, Canada
Phone Number: 604-738-7827
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12:00 pm - 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
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Multi-media astronomy shows in the Planetarium Star Theatre are enhanced by...

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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Great theatre show but this place needs some fine tuning.

Always a great trip to the space centre, but a little high priced for the restrictions they impose. Disappointing that for $18 you are allowed only 1 theatre show per visit... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Jezza M

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Sao Paulo, SP
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was looking forward to coming to this place because I love planetariums. The show was good (The Searcher) and the place was kinda empty for a saturday night. On saturday nights, the observatory is open, go check it out. The people who work in there are really friendly and like to answer all your questions. Too bad it was... More 

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Thank Karen H
Vernon, Canada
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we were surrounded by a bus full of students who were more interested in completing a required questionnaire then anything around them - however, if I eliminate that annoyance then the visit was great. We sat through the planetarium show on black holes and then took a (quick) browse through the space museum. The planetarium made it worth it... More 

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Thank Dream_BC
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today by myself. Unfortunately timed it so I arrived at the same time as an elementary school group. The interactive information bit was tiny, took about 10 minutes to do, even with 30 small kids running around me. Felt very very outdated, nothing new from past 20 years. The show was alright, felt quite childish. Planetarium was quite interesting.... More 

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Thank Dan S
Abbotsford,B.C.
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first visited a planetarium in 1966. I always remembered how magical it was. Finally after all of this time I was able to visit one again and it did not disappoint. I attended 2 shows and explored displays to my hearts content. We were there for almost 4 hours. It is too bad that the prices are so high... More 

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Thank comquot
Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

There are different shows every hour. We weren't able to make up our minds as which show to see. The staff was very patient and helped us made the decision. Observatory opens every Saturday starting at 8pm and admission is by donation. You can plan your trip to visit both the Space Centre and the Observatory all in one trip.... More 

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Thank Toroniee T
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Always a great trip to the space centre, but a little high priced for the restrictions they impose. Disappointing that for $18 you are allowed only 1 theatre show per visit. Also, every theatre show gets out 5 minutes after the live presentations start downstairs. This means you will have to wait an hour before the one next starts. Exhibit... More 

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Thank Jezza M
North Vancouver, Canada
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80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Went here for the first time since 1996 and boy have I remembered it incorrectly. .. most exhibits, the aren't man, we're out of service and most were till ftom 1996. The shows aren't bad but nothing to brag about. Staff are very friendly though and helpful.

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Thank Ross M
Kalamunda, Australia
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Fantastic interactive displays and informative movie about outer space and beyond. Really enjoyed it

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Thank Gknet79
Longmont, Colorado
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24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

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 

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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.

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