The Vancouver Planetarium located at the HR MacMillan Space Centre is touted by many travel guides as one of the city’s best family attractions, the perfect tourist site for guests who love learning about the science of the stars and planets.
Located near the south end of Burrard Street bridge at 1100 Chestnut Street, (phone 604-738-7827) the Planetarium and Space Centre are a must-do if you’re traveling with children, but even adults will be thrilled with the exhibits and shows here.
While there are several exhibits to view at the HR MacMillan Space Centre, the Vancouver Planetarium is, by far, the “star” attraction. Boasting a state-of-the-art Zeiss Projector, the planetarium treats visitors to a 360 degree view of the night sky as seen from Vancouver.
The Planetarium’s Star Theatre offers a varied selection of shows throughout the year, some designed especially for children and others of interest to the entire family. Laser shows are also offered in the Star Theatre, choreographed to the music of today’s favorite bands. You can catch these shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons or during late-night hours from Thursday through Saturday.
Guests experience the excitement of space travel when they take a ride on the HR MacMillan Space Centre’s virtual simulator. A pre-show informs you as to your “mission” while onboard the “spacecraft” and the real thrills come when you climb aboard this high-tech simulator for a realistic ride through the cosmos. Awesome!
The general admission price includes 1 ride on the simulator.
Included in your admission to the Vancouver Planetarium is the opportunity to enjoy a multi-media show at the 90-seat GroundStation Canada theatre. This 20-minute audio visual presentation keeps visitors informed as to the latest news in space travel and highlights Canada’s role in the international space program.
Artifacts and Art
While you're in the H.R.MacMillan Space Centre building and Planetarium, take in the
for additional fascinating exhibits.
Museum of Anthropolgy
at UBC, for an outstanding selection of over 12,000 pieces of Aboriginal and international artifacts.
Want a real exciting experience? Don't miss the unique interactive, living history museum