H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and planetarium in Vancouver features a Star Theatre, GroundStation Canada Theatre, exhibits, an observatory 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: The Planetarium Star Theatre and the GroundStation Canada Theatre which run a schedule of shows throughout the day. There are a number of exhibits to explore while you wait for your showtime.

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 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 above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Phone: (604) 738-7827

Official Website: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Directions

SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineBurrard Station9 Minutes

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

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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Reviews

Rated 3.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating Great show, the visuals were cool but the presenter was more entertaining with her witty humour and one liners.

Trent Kennedy - 2 days ago

2 Star Rating 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.

ThomasReimerVids - 2 days ago

3 Star Rating 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.

Jen Mich - 4 days ago

3 Star Rating Having just been to Washington DC and going into all the Smithsonion museuns free of charge, I feel this museum is a bit pricey for what there is to see,do and read. It seems mostly geared towards children and some of the facts were out of date. The planetarium was, however, very good.

Diane Walsh - 1 month ago

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