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 VisitFee: Yes
Open Now: NoHours 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, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
- Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Address: 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9, Canada
Phone: (604) 738-7827
Official Website: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
|SkyTrain Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Expo Line||Burrard Station||9 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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Ratedout of 5
Dated and broken exhibits, the planetary dome show saves it, otherwise totally not worth the cost.
Kai Chu - 2 days ago
Mix feelings, I been in several space centers and for Vancouver I was expecting so much more, it is quite small for an $18 dollars entry, a positive thing is that they have a touchable moon rock
Raul Mercado - 1 month ago
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.
Andy H - 3 months ago
Great show, the visuals were cool but the presenter was more entertaining with her witty humour and one liners.
Trent Kennedy - 6 months ago
Derek the resident astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre truly makes learning about space a wonderful experience for students and teachers alike. I do wish the Space Centre had the space, features and the budget like their neighbour Science World, but their are limitations. Some exhibits feel rather dated and less interactive than the ones at Science World. The staff here are both helpful and extremely knowledgeable, and their space outreach programs for kids are incredible. The location is probably the Centres most beautiful trait. Very picturesque.
Curtis Wiebe - 10 months ago