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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:
+1 604-738-7827
10:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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The staff were lovely and the live science show in the theatre was well run. However the museum is unloved and many exhibits were broken. I think we struggled to stretch the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were lovely and the live science show in the theatre was well run. However the museum is unloved and many exhibits were broken. I think we struggled to stretch the visit to an hour. Other than vending machines, there are no catering facilities if your children suddenly need food.

Thank TeamPNorthumberland
Lakeport, California
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

This museum is small and we were disappointed until we went in to view the shows on their big screen. The seats lay back and the roof of the theater becomes the sky and space. It was really enjoyable and educational. It also felt really good to rest our feet as we'd been walking all day. I'm glad we went.

Thank Teadrinkingcrunchy
Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Was so disappointed by this. The planaterium show was dated, graphics weren't very clear Exhibition hall - yes just the one - was tired and dated. Several of the interactives didn't work And there weren't many exhibits anyway Greatly disappointed

Thank PipPaul W
Vancouver, Canada
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66 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

I took my family here today. We saw the show "surfing the solar system". The auditorium was packed with kids as it's spring break. You could barely hear the narrator, not because the kids were loud, but because he talked in an unenthusiastic, boring tone. The show itself was all over the map with no rhyme or reason. Hopefully this... More 

Thank Goplay88
Markham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

The space centre was pretty small, but has a lot of information. The planetarium was pretty decent. The show had a lot of outdated and inaccurate facts. (e.g. They said astronomers have never encountered a habitable planet) I would probably not go back.

Thank Andrew A
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Very disappointing experience. Ticket for Adult + Child will set you back almost $40, add to this parking: $11 for 3 hours. All this for one (yes, only one!) exhibition room, with very tired exhibits, probably from the nineties. The girl doing science shows it trying her best, but showing grainy movies from the ISS on a screen smaller than... More 

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Everett, Washington
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I had great expectations when we entered but everything minus their video on the 3rd floor. The displays on the base floor and video are early 1990s even with the presenter being on the top of their game. I don't know what the Vancouver exhibit offered but don't waste your money on the Space Center.

Thank Jason G
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Okay so we decided to go here on a whim with it being a typical rainy Vancouver day. Haven't been here since I was a kid. Let's start with the price $56.80 for two adults and two children our third was free as she was 4. We went to the theatre they have for a show about exploring space. Aside... More 

Thank Dean I
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

There was no movie/show as promised but some really monotonous woman talked at the kids on their field trip for 35 minutes. Everything is super outdated. This place should be free and even then I would never return.

Thank ansku732017
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We saw the show surfing the solar system. This show is so out of date and so are all of the exhibits in this building. Our kids were so unengaged that we left halfway through the movie. They are seven and eight years old and should have been wild just by the dome-shaped theater. Unfortunately this facility needs a huge... More 

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