About Us

We Love Space

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, also known as the Planetarium, has been British Columbia’s premier space science attraction since its doors opened in 1968. We work hard to bridge arts, culture, and science to bring you unique shows, exhibits, and special events that spark your curiosity and inspire exploration.

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.

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

Vision
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.

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We are guided by the following values: 

Originally a gift to the citizens of Vancouver from philanthropist H.R. MacMillan, the facility has evolved into a community resource centre that proudly offers learning opportunities for people of all ages through a variety of in-person and online programs.

We are 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.

Embracing Our Shared Humanity to Explore the Universe

As the only space-focused museum and planetarium in the region, we welcome more than 145,000 visitors a year. The public lectures, events, exhibitions, school programs, and cultural activities held at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre demonstrate our commitment to being an active participant in community outreach and development for the promotion of science literacy. 

Exploration

Exploration

We dream of a world filled with inquisitive, open-minded people who are connected through a love of discovery.

Entertainment

Entertainment

We bridge arts, culture, and science to create unique learning opportunities that are fun and memorable.

Education

Education

We create an accessible environment that encourages you to explore and take risks as you learn.

Adventures

Adventures

We offer space enthusiasts access to exciting guest speakers, shows, and current astronomical events.

Management Team

Executive Director
Raylene Marchand

Director of Learning
Leanne Jung

Director of Finance
Samaneh Badiei

Director of Human Resources & Operations
Raylene Marchand

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

Dr. Sara Weinstein

Annual Reports

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters!

It’s with your help that we will continue to fulfill our mission and maintain our iconic status in the Vancouver community.