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
Not as good as it used to be. Best to buy a multipass for museum of vancouver and maritime museum, the theatre, and then visit the planetarium for the theatre show and the groundlab show, and spend the rest of your day at the other 2 places. Leave lots of time for the maritime museum tho
Mark Biernacki - 1 month ago
Great show, the visuals were cool but the presenter was more entertaining with her witty humour and one liners.
Trent Kennedy - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 3 months ago