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HR Macmillan Space Centre

Address: 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9, Canada (Kitsilano)
Phone Number: 604-738-7827
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Ranked #110 of 149 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Specialty Museums, 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...
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Attraction details
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children

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Vancouver
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is one of the few places in the world you can actually touch a rock brought back from the moon. Other than that, the displays are outdated and mostly broken. The shows are a bit hit and miss too which is too bad because the venue has so much potential. If you think the rather expensive price of admission... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This place really needs updating - quite a few of the interactive displays were out of order or awaiting renovation and much of the information is out of date. However, the shows were amazing - we really enjoyed finding out how astronauts live in space and the planetarium show was excellent. The staff are fantastic and extremely knowledgeable - the... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
57 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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
13 helpful votes 13 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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