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HR Macmillan Space Centre

1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9, Canada
+1 604-738-7827
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Disappointed

After having numerous visits to the aquarium, space world and other fun learning institutions in... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
christinariccardi18
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Windsor, Ontario
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Not great value for money

This is a very dated attraction and not worth the admission price. After you have done a show at... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Tom E
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Brisbane, Australia
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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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  • Average24%
  • Poor20%
  • Terrible13%
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“black holes” (3 reviews)
“moon rock” (3 reviews)
“space travel” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9, Canada
Granville Island & Fairview
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

After having numerous visits to the aquarium, space world and other fun learning institutions in Vancouver I had high hopes for this one. The cost to get in is close to how much it costs to get into the other places that I mentioned previously...More

Thank christinariccardi18
Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is a very dated attraction and not worth the admission price. After you have done a show at the planetarium (1 hour) and live show (20 minutes) the rest of the centre can be done in under 30 minutes. Some of the interactive displays...More

Thank Tom E
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Really small place, barely a museum, the only original and interesting thing is a device showing particles in live. The planetarium is not worth the price as you’ll have very low resolution artificial pictures in a poor movie, where you expect real HR photographies from...More

Thank Arnaud F
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We visited with our boys aged 8&10. The centre is small but fun and informative. The shows are interactive and fun. We really liked the planetarium show.

Thank nomadsfromdownunder
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Just happened to stumble upon this neat place while walking back to the bus from the Vancouver Maritime Museum. One of the most interesting things we saw was a movie on solar storms. VERY cool presentation. We really didn't have time to explore the whole...More

Thank Perry L
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The activities where you get to interact with people at the museum (planetarium shows and small auditorium sessions) are interesting, specially for kids 6-16 years old. The rest of the museum, which by the way is VERY small, is really old and outdated. I wouldn't...More

Thank CarlosJavierViajero
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Planetarium presentations effective but only allowef to choose one. There were a couple we would have liked to see. I could understand if the place were packed but thete was hardly anyone there. Didn't go to theatre presentations. Not a lot to see but what...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Although most of the exhibits are outdated and the computers barely work, it doesn't impact the visit with a toddler, who will still have fun there. Our son fell asleep within 10 min at the planetarium (2.5 yo) which is either that or they need...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

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 itself there's alot of learning and educational things. My only...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank Lynn T
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Granville Island & Fairview
One of the favoured neighbourhoods for a day out,
Granville Island's packed theatres and art studios,
hobby shops and book stores, restaurants and bars, all
offer a plethora of activities and entertainment
options, leaving no one bored. The highlight of the
area is the Fisherman's Wharf, where the seagulls
overhead and the smell of the sea invigorate its many
visitors, some of who are there to shop the fresh
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Angela R
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Response from Lynn T | Reviewed this property |
There is not much there in terms of food.
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You definitely don't need to buy tickets in advance. When I went it was $18 for an adult and $15 for a senior (over 55). The planetarium where they do the movies and presentations was included in the admission price (and in... More
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