HR MacMillan Space Centre

HR MacMillan Space Centre website
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver
Phone: 604-738-7827
rmarchand@hrmacmillanspacecentre.com
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Space Centre
Space Centre Show

The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium was built in 1968 and was a gift from lumber magnate H.R. MacMillan to the citizens of Vancouver. With the advent of Space exploration during the 1960s, H.R. MacMillan wanted to provide a resource facility about Space for children and future generations.

Hours of Operation: 

Please see http://www.hrmacmillanspacecentre.com/schedule.htm for more info.

Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Weekends and holidays (incl July through Labour Day) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday Night Astronomy Show 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)

Laser shows Friday & Saturday evenings, check website for details (may not be suitable for young children)

Closed Christmas day

GORDON MACILLAN SOUTHAM OBSERVATORY
(adjacent to the Space Centre)
Hours: Saturday evening 8:00pm – midnight

Cost: 

Adult (19-64) $15.00
Child, Youth, Student, Senior (55+) $10.75
Child under 5 Free

GORDON MACILLAN SOUTHAM OBSERVATORY
(adjacent to the Space Centre) By donation

Highlights: 

The centerpiece of the Space Centre is the Planetarim Star Theatre. With its 360-degree domed screen and precision Zeiss star projector, visitors will be immersed in the night sky and the stories of the Universe. Guests will also want to visit GroundStation Canada where they will watch a live rocket launch, feel the heat of exploding “star” materials, or learn first-hand the fun and challenges of living in space.

While you’re waiting for a show, explore the Cosmic Courtyard with its exhibits and hands-on activities.

Tips: 
  1. Worried about toddlers that won’t sit still for the show (Planetarium shows are approximately 40 minutes) The Planetarium shows at 11:00 and 1:00 are usually the most kid friendly, so these may be a good choice. Another option is the GroundStation Canada theatre were shows are approximately 20 minutes.
  2. Bring food and snacks. There are vending machines on-site, but no restaurant services. There are areas inside locations where you can eat, so head outside and enjoy eating outside and enjoy Vanier Park. (In-and-out privileges with ticket.)
  3. You can also visit to the Museum of Vancouver, which is in the same building, or take a short walk to the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
  4. Lots of parking, but you do have to pay.
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