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Fondly known as the golf ball because of the glittery geodesic dome that sits atop it, this science center is a former Expo '86 pavilion. Today, it is a top family destination, offering educational, entertaining and interactive exhibits. Three main galleries explore the areas of biology, physics and music. A 3D laser show presents fun images. The biggest attraction is the OMNIMAX Theatre, which features science and nature films on one of the world's largest dome screens.
Considered one of the best such facilities in North America, this structure has had many transformations. Aside from the planetarium and observatory, H.R. MacMillan Space Center also features the Cosmic Courtyard hands-on gallery, a Virtual Voyages full-motion simulator, Ground-station Canada exhibits and multimedia and popular laser shows. Its overnight adventures and space camps are popular. Don't forget to visit the gift shop with space-related souvenirs. Check the website or call ahead for timings of the evening laser shows. Admission prices mentioned are applicable throughout the day.
As part of the complex of museums located in Vanier Park, Vancouver museum is paired with the Macmillan Planetarium at the Pacific Space Centre. It has been in operation since 1894, with most exhibits and presentations focusing on the history of the city and the regions surrounding it. Renowned for its collection of natural history, ethnology, archaeology, and Asian artifacts, there are many things here to see and explore.
Among this Kitsilano center's exhibits is the RCMP schooner St Roch. With a history to rival that of any seafaring vessel, the boat managed to make it through the Northwest Passage (and back), as well as circumnavigate North America. There is also a reference library and gift shop to explore, and facilities for banquets and meetings. It's located near Vanier Park.
Featuring the largest collection of motorcycles, the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition is the only one of its kind in Vancouver. Owned by motorcycle enthusiasts, Don James and Malcolm Hunter, this state-of-the-art museum takes visitors through the history and evolution of the two wheeled speed machine. The collection spans 120 years with over 250 antique, vintage and modern pieces from the likes of Harley-Davidson, Zenith and more.
This award-winning glass and concrete structure hold one of the world's most extensive collections of Northwest Coast First Nations art. This University of British Columbia Museum is a must-see while you are in the city. History, culture and art are on display in an atmosphere of tranquillity and light. See totem poles, canoes and sculptures in silver, gold and wood. There's also a gift shop if you wish to buy some souvenir for your family or friends.