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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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 wer...  more »
  • 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, b...  more »
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  • Pretty disappointing. I was expecting quite a lot more. Very disappointing for us as Vancouver residents. The Space Centre itself is quite small, so it'll take you less than an hour to see and read all the exhibits. It's too expensive for what you get. You also have to pay for parking, which could come to at least $8. Also the planetarium itself hasn't been updated to show HD video resolution. It's barely SD quality, so all the stars and planets are smudged. It felt like I was in the 1980's again. Plus the show that we saw (Our solar system) was quite boring and some of the kids around the theatre were complaining about that. I could hear "Can we go now?" on many occasions. The commentator wasn't very alive at all. You also have to choose your planetarium show when you pay your entrance fee, so you can only see one show and you can't change it. Why they do that I don't know, the theatre was less than 1/4 full. They have several electronic exhibits too, but we found most of them were either out of order or malfunctioning. No coffee or tea anywhere. The only redeeming quality was the live presentation, which we saw was about rockets. This is located right next to the Museum of Vancouver, which itself is dated and only 6 out of 10. They should sell a ticket which includes both museums and then you maybe pay a supplement for the planetarium. Overall the MOV and the Space Centres are a disappointment, they really should knock them down and rejuvenate the two facilities. Sorry guys but if you want repeat customers you're going to have to try a heck of a lot harder.
  • Very outdated. Not much to see in the exhibition room. The shows are ok, but not on par with what's being produced on documentary channels these days. Basic info geared towards kids. Experiment lab was just ok too. My 6 year old loved the whole experience more than me. I'd say it's a good place to take kids so they can get a better understanding of cosmos.
  • Not as good as it used to be. Best to buy a multipass for museum of vancouver and maritime museum, the theatre, and then visit the planetarium for the theatre show and the groundlab show, and spend the rest of your day at the other 2 places. Leave lots of time for the maritime museum tho
  • Great show, the visuals were cool but the presenter was more entertaining with her witty humour and one liners.
  • Very outdated - fairly pricey for the half an hour I spent there. Very kid friendly but it's nowhere near worth the money in its current state.