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More than a tourist attraction, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource that provides a unique learning experience for all members of the family. Visitors can learn about Space and the night sky through the Planetarium shows, live demonstrations, and interactive exhibit gallery. Next to the Space Centre is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory, which allows star gazers to look through a 1/2 metre Cassegrain telescope on clear weekend nights.
The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium opened its doors on October 28, 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.
When the facility opened, it consisted of the Planetarium Theatre. With the addition of an exhibit gallery and new theatre in 1997, the Space Centre evolved into the community resource it is know for today, providing learning opportunities for everyone.
List of Attractions
Planetarium Star Theatre domed shows
GroundStation Canada live demonstrations
Laser & Light Shows (Fri & Sat evenings)
Cosmic Courtyard exhibits & games
Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory
The distinctive structure was designed by architect Gerald Hamilton, and has become one of the most recognized buildings in Metro Vancouver, BC. While the roof of the building may look like a spaceship to some, this unique dome was in fact designed to resemble the hats of the Haida people. Since its opening in 1968, the Space Centre has shared the building with the Museum of Vancouver.