H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and planetarium in Vancouver features a Star Theatre, GroundStation Canada Theatre, Motion Simulator Ride, exhibits, games and more

HR McMillan Space Centre Entrance with Crab Sculpture at night
HR McMillan Space Centre Entrance with Crab Sculpture at night

Located a short bus ride from downtown Vancouver in Vanier Park, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium has two theatres featuring shows throughout the day, rides on the Virtual Voyages Motion Simulator, and interactive exhibits, displays and games in the Cosmic Courtyard.

The Planetarium Theatre is a domed circular theatre which uses a giant Zeiss projector to produce a 360-degree view of the night sky as seen from Vancouver along with multimedia shows. The Groundstation Canada is a 90 seat theatre featuring interactive and audio-visual space themed presentations. On Friday and Saturday evenings there are Laser and Light Shows for a separate admission charge. There is also an observatory next to the Space Centre which offers public viewings on clear Friday and Saturday evenings.

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium also adjoins the Vancouver Museum and is just a short walk from Vancouver Maritime Museum. You can see all three attractions with a Vanier Park Explore Pass for $36.00 per Adult or $30.00 for Youth and Seniors.

For complete details and show times at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium click on the link to their official website below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Address: 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9, Canada

Phone: (604) 738-2855

Official Website: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

How to get to H.R. MacMillan Space Centre by SkyTrain

SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineBurrard Station9 Minutes

From Burrard SkyTrain Station take the Burrard Street exit and catch either the #2 or #22 Macdonald going south on Burrard Street at the stop directly in front of the station. Take either bus to the Cypress Street Stop on Cornwall Avenue (less that 10 minutes). Walk back along Cornwall Ave. to Chestnut Street and go left. The park and Space Center are straight ahead.

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A visit to the Vancouver Space Centre on a rainy day

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H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Reviews

Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 5 based on 8 reviews. See all

2 Star Rating I've got mixed feelings about the Space Centre. As much as I love space and any little thing about it excites me, the Space Centre is in need of a huge update. It is clear that a lot of the exhibits have not been updated in a long time. They are good exhibits, just dated and some are falling apart. I know it is probably because of funding, but it doesn't help that the tickets are so expensive. The planetarium is still great!

Chris Wood - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Thanks for the wealth of friendly info delivered by the attendant. She really knows her stuff. Seeing Saturn and its rings was a great experience. I enjoyed this visit and look forward to bringing friends next time.

Prairie Dog - 3 months ago

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