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HR Macmillan Space Centre

Granville Island & Fairview
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Address: 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9, Canada
Phone Number: 604-738-7827
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 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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Very Small Museum

When we saw there was a space center on a map of the city we thought it would be a lot bigger than it actually was. The museum is nice but very small and more geared towards kids... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When we saw there was a space center on a map of the city we thought it would be a lot bigger than it actually was. The museum is nice but very small and more geared towards kids than adults. They have lots of interactive displays for the kids. The film in the planetarium was very good. It was just... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is good to spend an hour or so while exploring downtown. It was cool to see the displays, but I definitely suggested attending at least one of the free interactive sessions and one planetarium film viewing that comes with the entrance fee. Having all these combined makes a pretty decent experience.

Thank Gi G
Sammamish, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had an hour or so to visit somewhere before heading to Vancouver airport, so decided to head here. An hour was about right to see everything (including the 35 min planetarium show) - surprisingly little here. Filled the time, but wouldn't recommend.

Thank home32016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

A lot of the exhibit is dated - especially the technology that's meant to be interactive. We pretty much just did the planetarium show, which was really great and informative but definitely not worth the admission rate.

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

As we are both scientists with an interest in space, we thought this would be a good place to visit. We went on a Saturday morning and should have realised by the deserted lobby that we were in for a disappointing time. The talk on gravity was quite good, but the planetarium show was the most dull I'd ever seen.... More 

Thank marcwalker5
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Much like the Museum of Vancouver, with which it shares a building, the Space Centre is small, and has no gift shop. While the Museum can get away with little to no merchandise, it seems unfortunate that there is no place to buy space souvenirs. That being said, the exhibits, shows, and staff are great. I highly recommend this to... More 

Thank RoPhDoFr
Maple Ridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The facility is smaller than similar locations in other cities, but does share its site with the Museum of Vancouver (which you can read about and pay admission for separately.) I've been a few times over the last decade or so and while a lot is still the same I don't know that that takes away too much from the... More 

Thank theflyingpenguin
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

I took my two boys to the Pacific Space Center. I hadn't been here since they opened. Kids 4 and under are free so I only paid for one adult admission. My boys liked some of the interactive displays, the dress up box and Lego table. Some of the interactive displays were not working. Admission includes the show in the... More 

Thank Stefan S
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

We dropped in for a couple of hours one morning. Ok, so some of the exhibits were being updated and certain areas do feel like they need a refurb. However, that said, we went to one of the talks and the presenter was excellent and really brought to life what searching for life on other planets entails. All of my... More 

Thank Damian A
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Quite Ironic really to think it is a museum about the heavens, and it looks awfully like a spaceship, I am sure the odd conspiracy theorist will have had some rather leftfield thoughts about this place! Situated bayside and by the beautiful Vanier Park, I have to say with hand on heart that I didn't go in, but do feel... More 

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