H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver

2.0
#4 of 8 in Childrens Museums in British Columbia
Explore the universe at H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, dedicated to educating visitors on space exploration and planet Earth. Founded in 1968, the astronomy museum is housed in a distinctive building designed by architect Gerald Hamilton. Exhibits, games, and a program of activities will engage and educate you on our galaxy's many burning topics, such as the rings of Saturn, the role of satellites, and the night sky. Try to catch the live demonstration about rocket science. With our world travel planner, Vancouver attractions like H. R. MacMillan Space Centre can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This was such a fun place for my family! Thwybhave this amazing theater theater where they show short movies about space. Probably 45 minutes long. In this imax style dome. Then in the space center it...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    Kids loved it! I found the exhibits were not blowing me out of the water but the shows were amazing! Color of Fire and Tour of the Universe shows were incredible! Price was very reasonable.  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    We actually went in July 2016 but could not choose that. Husband really wanted to go. The planetarium show was very interesting and we spent quite a while looking at the exhibits. Lots of interactive ...  more »
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  • May 5, 2017
    There's not much to say here, sadly. As most reviewers already pointed it out, this place is a bit outdated (the building is shared with the Museum of Vancouver). A lot of the displays were not in order. My husband was really looking forward to visiting this, since our last time was in Chabot Space Centre more than a year ago. If I thought CSC was small, this really threw me. It's very, very small. I don't think it's even worth bringing the kids. The place was not crowded (as such venues usually are), which I didn't find suspicious until I entered the room. The only plus side of this was the planetarium on the upper floor. The show was about Stars and it was interesting. The narrator was good and answered all the questions that turned up during the show. The price ($15) is too steep for what they're offering. I'd skip it and opt for something else (preferably Museum of Anthropology).
  • January 28, 2017
    An architecturally interesting building in a park like setting. The space gallery is small and the displays are dated, though the topics are interesting. The shows.offered in the planetarium theatre are the highlight of the Space Centre. The binding also houses Vancouver Museum exhibits, with separate admissions. Views from the foyer into the Vancouver gallery hint at modern and bright displays there.
  • March 5, 2017
    The activities and games are old and outdated. However the shows are interesting and entertaining. The cost is admission is quite high, it's a better deal to get a annual membership even if you only go 2 or 3 times
  • March 31, 2017
    I have been to the HR MacMillan space Centre several times and I highly recommend going for every season. Check out Saturday's freebee, when the telescope is open to the public.
  • April 17, 2017
    Amazing; but not so exciting for children! The neighborhood environment is so beautiful.

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