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“Been to better Space Centres”

HR Macmillan Space Centre
Ranked #124 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Multi-media astronomy shows in the Planetarium Star Theatre are enhanced by 20-minute live demonstrations in the GroundStation Canada Theatre that keep you up-to-date on the latest space news. The Cosmic Courtyard ehibit gallery contains a real piece of moon rock you can actually touch, a J-2 Rocket Engine, artifacts and simulations. On Saturday nights you can visit the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory right next door and, if the skies are clear, you can see stars and maybe even a planet through the .5 metre Cassegrain telescope.
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
250 reviews
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“Been to better Space Centres”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

There are much better Space Centres around the World. Has potential to be much better, but now, just average

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Auburn, Washington
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“Super-interesting shows!”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

The first show we watched was "Colour of Fire" (it was interesting, fun, and engaging - that is how a scientist should be for anybody to enjoy!); next one was "Harold's Solar System" (the planetarium performance is always fascinating!).

Visited December 2011
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Vancouver, Canada
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“all kids should experience this at least once”
Reviewed 23 December 2011

A great experience for kids (and the kid in the adults too). Gives a great show and good concept of size. The shows are changing regularly and suit all audiences. Yes I would and have gone back many times

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Forres, United Kingdom
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“Enjoyed the planetarium and the science shows”
Reviewed 13 October 2011

Not so sure about the exhibits but the planetarium is good and we enjoyed the science show we saw, most of it is for kids really could perhaps have more for adults bug I would still give it a go, very quite out of season which was great ;-@

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London
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“Was that it???”
Reviewed 28 August 2011

Not much in there, not all the interactive exhibits worked properly or had clear instructions, and overall poor value for money. The best part is the planetarium in which they provide a very good 40 minute show but the rest of the centre is a single room which we'd done in just over half an hour. They need to provide more exhibits and make the stay longer to make it a worthwhile visit. We were somewhat underwhelmed.

Visited August 2011
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