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HR MacMillan Space Centre Vancouver

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HR MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver
BC
V6J 3J9
Tel: 604-738-7827

Where are we going today?

Are you ready to boldy go, where many families have gone before you and had an amazing time exploring the Universe? Well, get ready to head to HR MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver!

This great centre lets the kids uncover the wonders of the Universe, through innovative programming, exhibits, and family activities. Their goal is to inspire, educate, and evoke that sense of wonder that the Universe creates. You can learn all about space exploration, and all the amazing technological advances the country and the world has made, and what those technologies have uncovered!

It's an out of this world family day out surrounded by the planets, the stars, and everything beyond!

The HR MacMillan Space Centre has great programs too, which are perfect for the whole family. They have specific family programs with different themes, such as viewing the transit of Mercury, as well as evening programs where you can hear lectures all about the amazing feats of the Universe. 

They also offer overnight, and not-quite-an-overnight adventure, where you can actually sleep in the observatory! There are hands-on workshops, as well as theatre programs and a chance to actually look at the sky in the Planetarium - an amazing evening with a difference!

The space centre also has shows where you can watch the science behind black holes, or surf the Solar System!

Are you ready to head to Winnipeg's out of this world space centre, and boldy go....well, you know the rest!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$13 evening. $18 daytime.
  • Children$8/$10 evening. $13/$15 daytime.
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 3pm weekdays / 10am - 5pm Sat & some holidays / 12pm - 5pm Sun.

All year round. Additional evening schedules too.

Teachers corner

What a way to explore the sky! They have great programs geared towards each grade, and they welcome home school groups, AND they can offer virtual field trips!.

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places in the city to enjoy tasty foods, so fill those tummies up before oyu visit.

Any Top Tips?

Check the show times and evening program times ahead for the days you want to visit, so you can plan accordingly. .

Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to chat about the accessibility of the museum, observatory and planetarium.

Can I get one of those?

Can you have a birthday party there? Of course you can! It's a unique way to celebrate another year, by learning about all the birthdays the Universe has had! (there are a few!).

More information

They are part of the Vanier Park ExplorePass where you can visit all three Vanier Park museums for a discount!.

What people are saying?

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    My Girlfriend and I went on a Monday morning - we had the place to ourselves! We found it to be mainly aimed at school groups and youngsters in general. As an adult that is a bit of a space-geek, most of the information alongside the exhibits is pretty basic. The Cosmic Courtyard was rather dated in terms of exhibit quality (many 'under construction', CRT's, Czechoslovakia gets a mention, old software, sticky trackballs) and some were poorly thought out. For example, the dark meteorite samples are backlit on a lightbox in a dim room and viewed through...Read More

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    Sad - that best describes the atmosphere, or at least my memory of it. It's definitely a neat place, but would be much more interesting if they handed out drugs on your way in. To spice things up of course.

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    The museum is more aimed at kids, but I definitely recommend checking out the star theatre show, and coming in late on a saturday to look through their telescope (The observatory is not in the main building but close to the parking lot off to the side. The staff at the observatory there are quite knowledgeable, and are really friendly.

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    We checked out the observation area last night and it was free to enter! The staff was really nice and they answered all of our questions.

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    Do not recommend, we paid to get in, I have a 1 1/2 yr old and a 4 1/2 yr old, we went to watch one of the shows and my 1 1/2 yr old was getting a lil excited when she saw the Banana, they lady came up to us and said your gonna have to keep her quiet your disturbing everyone else's show and then kicked us out. Then after I left with my 1 1/2 yr old, my hubby said she came up a complained about something else about our 4 1/2yr old.....etc etc. They Clearly take there jobs too seriously, ruined the whole experience. I've heard other complaints with...Read More

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by Dion Caramalis

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My Girlfriend and I went on a Monday morning - we had the place to ourselves! We found it to be mainly aimed at school groups and youngsters in general. As an adult that is a bit of a space-geek, most of the information alongside the exhibits is pretty basic. The Cosmic Courtyard was rather dated in terms of exhibit quality (many 'under construction', CRT's, Czechoslovakia gets a mention, old software, sticky trackballs) and some were poorly thought out. For example, the dark meteorite samples are backlit on a lightbox in a dim room and viewed through a magnifying glass. You cannot see them! The piece of kit on display there was a Rocketdyne J-2 engine - I got a picture with that!
The Groundstation Canada presentation we saw was 'Rocket Lab.' It explained Newton's Laws of Motion and how they apply to rocketry on a level aimed at ~8+ yrs/old. The host, Raphael, did a good job, as did all of the staff at the centre.
Our time was best spent in the planetarium. We saw 'The Seacher'; A very Sagan-esque 35 minutes zooming around the universe, observing the structure of galaxies, solar systems, supernovae and Earth. It got pretty psychedelic at times, like LSD trip-out visuals, encompassing 180 degrees of your vision. A bit too much for the lady. I kinda liked it. The information that the host presented after The Searcher was pretty up-to-date. She lets us know about the asteroid that was recently discovered with a ring system and Enceladus' cryovolcanoes. The sound and visuals were good, as was the show. Both the Planetarium and Groundstation Canada have around 5 different shows per day, so the ones you get are a lucky dip depending on how long you stay. The science demos are 20mins every hour, and the planetarium shows are 35mins every hour.
It would also have been nice to learn more about Canada's involvement in space. The Canadarm gets a little corner with a model, and there's pics of some crew hung on a wall up the back. More!

All in all, I think the level of information on display was great, it just needs a bit of a face-lift and a re-think. It's all mostly aimed at kids 8-15, which is fine! Most adults will learn something too. You can spend about 1-1.5hrs in the Cosmic Courtyard, then there's the shows. So you can spend a half a day here with the kids easily.

by A Google User

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Do not recommend, we paid to get in, I have a 1 1/2 yr old and a 4 1/2 yr old, we went to watch one of the shows and my 1 1/2 yr old was getting a lil excited when she saw the Banana, they lady came up to us and said your gonna have to keep her quiet your disturbing everyone else's show and then kicked us out. Then after I left with my 1 1/2 yr old, my hubby said she came up a complained about something else about our 4 1/2yr old.....etc etc. They Clearly take there jobs too seriously, ruined the whole experience. I've heard other complaints with other parents that same day :(

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