The H.R. Macmillan Space Centre brings back the enthusiasm common with the space race of the 1960s. Through its observatory, exhibitions, and planetary, the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre has been able to bring life to the Vanier park. It is one of the most attractive locations of the Vanier Park. A walk from WEEDS in Kitsilano to H.R. Macmillan takes about 15 minutes.
This superb building has been around since 1960, Lumber baron and philanthropist H.R. Macmillan presented this Planetarium Theatre on the 28th day of October 1968 as a gift to the city, and this was to facilitate the celebration of the space exploration era. In the year 1977, the building was further expanded into what it is now; this was facilitated by the opening of new demonstration theatre and exhibition gallery.
When you look at this Center from a different perspective, it may seem like a spaceship, which is why it is never difficult to spot. Over these years, the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre has been able to retain its captivating outlook. It is a perfect spot for weekend getaways for the locals, and during weekdays, school groups keep this place busy. Though it is not the most technologically advanced museums on earth, there is absolute beauty, something delicately fascinating about this place that you need to visit to find it out.
Inside this incredibly beautiful space center, you find every space-related item you can imagine ans some you never knew existed. Next, to the H.R. Space Centre, you find the Macmillan Observatory; this Observatory is only open between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m on Saturdays, admission is by voluntary donation.
The live science shows are geared for ages 6 and above, however, most exhibitions are great for everybody regardless of age.
There are tons of exhibitions that can give you a complete experience at the center. See an amazing representation of the different planets, various astronomical wonders such as black holes, nebulas, galaxies and meteor showers on The Planetarium Star Theatre. The beautiful aspect is that you can be assured of something extraordinarily different each time you want a show.
Visit the Cosmic Courtyard Gallery to get a chance to do something you might not have done before. You get a chance to lift or attempt to lift a real-life meteorite, or you can as well get a chance to touch the moon rock reported to be 3.75 billion years old. There are only five moon rocks on earth that you can actually touch and this is one of them.
Although the groups that mostly frequent this place come for majorly educational purposes, the H.R Macmillan Space Centre also offers parties planning services. You can hold such parties as Birthday parties, and if you planning a wedding on vacation, this place is ideal.
You can consider one of the boats from False Greek Ferries; they travel from the Aquatic Centre and Granville Island you will arrive Vanier Park, just near the Macmillan Space Centre. You may also board a bus that travels through Cornwall Avenue. There are also parking spaces for ease of access. If those two options do not suit your needs, you can go for the more adventurous option; that is to ride a bike through the seawall or take a walk to get there.