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The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

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. Visitors can learn about space and the night sky through Planetarium shows, live demonstrations, and an interactive exhibit gallery. Next to the Space Centre is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory, open on Saturday nights.


The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium opened its doors on October 28, 1968, 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 for his day 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.