Shows & Exhibits

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The Planetarium Star Theatre

Journey to space from the comfort of our one-of-a-kind theatre and get up close and personal with planets, meteor showers, black holes, galaxies, and other astronomical wonders that will have you marvelling at the universe.

Planetarium Star Theatre shows are part of our ticketed timed entry programming. All ages are welcome, but we recommend our shows for ages 6 years and up due to the scientific content.

Surfing the Solar System

Surfing the Solar System

See the solar system as you’ve never seen it before – leave Earth behind to tour some of the most intriguing destinations in our solar system and find out more about some of the latest discoveries about our neighbouring planets. You will even have a chance to see Earth from the perspective of astronauts on the International Space Station.
Ages: 6+ recommended

From Earth to the Universe

From Earth to the Universe

Take a voyage through time and space and revel in the splendor of the worlds in our Solar System and then travel to our Milky Way and beyond. Discover more about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope and how telescopes allow us to probe even deeper into the Universe.
Ages: 10+ recommended

Phantom of the Universe

Phantom of the Universe

Discover more about dark matter, from the Big Bang, to the theorizing of dark matter’s existence, to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. Finally, learn about the role of scientists associated with Vancouver-based TRIUMF in current scientific breakthroughs.
Ages: 6+ recommended

Our Martian Neighbourhood

Our Martian Neighbourhood

Find out what it would take to live on the Red Planet with scarce resources, longer days and a new view of the night sky. Learn about other parts of the solar system that could also be settled, and what your “new” night sky would look like. Ages 6+ recommended.

Mars: One Thousand One

A journey through space and time, Mars: One Thousand One is a fictional account of the IRIS 1 first manned mission to Mars. Experience an unprecedented 1,001-day expedition, encountering the challenges and adventure of space travel. After spending nearly seven months navigating to Mars, the crew successfully lands and conducts experiments to learn if life on Mars is a possibility before splashing down and welcomed home by an elated planet Earth.
Ages: 7+ recommended

Surfing the Solar System

Surfing the Solar System

See the solar system as you’ve never seen it before – leave Earth behind to tour some of the most intriguing destinations in our solar system and find out more about some of the latest discoveries about our neighbouring planets. You will even have a chance to see Earth from the perspective of astronauts on the International Space Station.
Ages: 6+ recommended

From Earth to the Universe

From Earth to the Universe

Take a voyage through time and space and revel in the splendor of the worlds in our Solar System and then travel to our Milky Way and beyond. Discover more about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope and how telescopes allow us to probe even deeper into the Universe.
Ages: 10+ recommended

Live Science Shows in the Groundstation Canada Theatre

Prepare to be wowed by our interactive live science demonstrations! Learn about the latest scientific discoveries, exoplanets, gravity, rockets, and much more all through entertaining live presentations. These live science shows are part of our ticketed timed entry programming.

Cosmic Glue

Cosmic Glue

Learn about Newton's and Einstein's perspectives on gravity and how astronomers use it to study the universe. What is gravity? How has our understanding of gravity changed over time? We’ll answer these questions and play with our space-time table so you can see how gravity affects planets in orbit!
Age: 10+ (recommended)
Show Length: 20 minutes

Rocket Lab

3 . 2 . 1 . . . This time it IS rocket science. What goes up doesn’t necessarily come down. Take part in this live demonstration of the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion and its use in rocketry.
Show Length: 20 minutes

Day in Space

What exactly do astronauts do up there? From microgravity experiments to eating and sleeping while floating - find out what it takes to live and work in space.
Age: 6+ (recommended)
Show Length: 20 minutes

Hands-On Learning in the Cosmic Courtyard

Experience the wonders of space with your own hands by using our interactive features to get a deeper understanding of some of the most fascinating facts and discoveries. Learn about deep space, climate change, light pollution, and the potential for life on other planets.

Alien Encounter

You’re a starship captain looking for life in a galaxy. Your mission is to find a planet that can sustain human life-are you brave enough to try?

Michael Collins Suit

Learn more about how food and technology made it possible for the Apollo space program to put 12 astronauts on the moon.

Mars Explorer

Step into the role of a planetary geologist and travel to Mars to see if you can find evidence of life on the red planet.

Stargaze in the GMS Observatory

Take a peek at Vancouver’s night skies through the ½-meter Cassegrain telescope in our Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory.  Located right next to the Space Centre, this facility is staffed with knowledgeable guides who will answer questions as you explore awe-inspiring views of planets, moons, and star clusters.