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

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) 738-7827

Official Website: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

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.

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

Overall Rating: 3.7 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. See all

5 Star Rating Fun and educational. We went here for the dark matter mysteries night and enjoyed a fun night full of activities, lectures, and a wonderful planetarium movie.

Matt Yok - 24 days ago

3 Star Rating It's exhibits are mostly broken or in operational😢 The plus side is the shows my kids loved them and I will take them back for the shows but that's it. As an adult the best part of the exhibit was touching a moon rock.

Crystal Graham - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating What happened to the night music shows? That was one of the best things about going there. That and the acoustics in the reception area. Worth a visit for the shows still. Neat, would be a fitting description.

Hex Zen - 11 months ago

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