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H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver

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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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  • Nice and informative visit. The planetarium was superb, and very interesting and informative. The walkthough is small, but interesting, worth a visit  more »
  • This place is a bit of a walk from the bus stop but well worth the visit. This was my wife's first time to touch a moon rock. The science demonstration was interesting too.  more »
  • Vancouver Space Centre is good for all ages and gives you a feeling of how small we are in the big picture. Sometimes we need reminding of this fact. Asteroids to the first man on the moon, including ...  more »
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  • 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 As most reviewers already pointed it out, this place is a bit outdated (the building is shared with the Museum of Vancouver).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).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Amazing; but not so exciting for children! The neighborhood environment is so beautiful.