Located in picturesque Vanier Park, Vancouver, the Space Centre is B.C.'s top space science attraction, inspiring visitors with shows, exhibits and some of Vancouver's most unique special events.


The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, known by many and lovingly referred to as the Planetarium, is one of Vancouver’s iconic institutions. Located in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, a 15-minute walk from downtown Vancouver, it opened its doors on October 28, 1968 as a gift from lumber magnate and philanthropist 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 demonstration theatre in 1997, the Space Centre evolved into a community resource centre providing learning opportunities for everyone. 

Fast forward to the 21st century and we encounter an organization visited by over 145,000 people a year, who are attracted by a myriad of public lectures and events, school and public programs and cultural activities that raise public awareness of science literacy. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre has become a critical and active partner in community outreach and development.

Mission, Vision, Values

Our Purpose
Inspiring Exploration
We use the universal appeal and science of space as a cultural bridge, bringing people together to activate curiosity, creativity, and community.

Learning Without Frontiers
We create an accessible environment where people are encouraged to explore and take risks.

Creating Experiences of Wonder
We dream of a world filled with inquisitive, open-minded individuals who embrace their differences, connected through discovery and united through a deeper sense of shared humanity.

We are always willing to say yes to new things and fail – in our pursuit of wonder!

Inclusive, resourceful, curious and bold. We are imagination explorers!

Our experiences external and internal are mind blowing and leave you saying AH-HA!


Management Team

Executive Director
Raylene Marchand

Director of Learning
Lisa McIntosh

Director of Finance
Samaneh Badiei

Director of Human Resources & Operations
Daniel Vaughan

To contact members of our management team, please contact [email protected] with the name of the individual you wish to reach.

Board of Directors

Damineh Akhavan
Matthew Anthony
Keith Acton
Dr. Aaron Boley
Jonathan Burke (Past Chair)
Wade Grant
George Hemeon
Rowena Laing
Derek Lew (Vice Chair)
Larkin Mackenzie-Ast (Chair)
Dr. Allison Man
Paul Moore (Treasurer)
Greg Stanway (Secretary)
Roger Watts
Sara Weinstein