Last year and up until mid-March of 2022, the venue hosted the Da Vinci Experience which featured the art and inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci. For the rest of this year, the attraction’s theme is all about asteroids, planets, stars, space travel and outer space.
The aim of the new Stargazer exhibit is to provide an educational and engrossing experience. It succeeds in both of these objectives. We visited the attraction and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This article contains the following information about the Stargazer exhibit:
For tickets and full details about the attraction visit the official Stargazer – An Immersive Universe website.
Stargazer – An Immersive Universe Space Attraction in 2022
Located at Tsawwassen Mills Mall in South Delta (not far from the BC Ferries’ Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal), Sensea Immersive is a fairly new attraction in Metro Vancouver. Established in 2020, it’s like a museum that hosts “edutainment” exhibits.
The second and latest exhibition taking place at the Sensea Immersive venue is Stargazer – An Immersive Universe. It opened in April of 2022.
While the venue’s previous Da Vinci Experience exhibition focused on the works of one of the world’s most-famous artists, Stargazer provides the chance to experience outer space in an interactive way.
Presented in partnership with the HR MacMillan Space Centre, the exhibition uses virtual reality and giant projections to create a unique and engaging atmosphere. There is a 270-degree Immersive Room where there are giant images to see in almost every direction.
Along with the projections, there is a large room with informational displays. There you can read about all kinds of space-related things, see an astronaut suit and take a photo of yourself in a Stargazer picture frame.
Beginning in late September, 2022, a 2000-square-foot display from the Canadian Space Agency/Ingenium called Earth in Focus will be added to the Stargazer exhibit in Tsawwassen. Developed by the Canada Science and Technology Museum in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency, this future exhibit explores the advantages and benefits of observing Earth from space.
Where is the Attraction?
Stargazer – An Immersive Universe takes place at the Sensea Immersive venue at Tsawwassen Mills Mall in South Delta. The mall’s address is 5000 Canoe Pass Way. It’s about a 5-minute drive from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.
Inside the mall, the Sensea Immersive attraction is located between the Marshalls and Winners stores around the southwest side of the mall (which is the end closest to the ferries). The nearest mall entrances to the attraction are #3 and #4.
How Much Does Stargazer Cost?
Admission rates range between around $24 and $32 depending on the day and your age. Seniors get discounted admission. There is also a family rate. Children ages 2 and under enter for free. Annual passes are not available (or at least not when we last checked).
As of late April, 2022, ticket prices were the following on weekdays when purchased both online and in-person on the day:
- Adults (ages 16+) – $32.00
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $28.00
- Children and Youth (ages 3 to 16) – $28.00
- Families (of 2 adults & 2 or more children) – $24.00 per person
Ticket prices were the following on Saturdays and Sundays:
- Adults (ages 16+) – $34.50
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $29.90
- Children and Youth (ages 3 to 16) – $29.90
- Families (of 2 adults & 2 or more children) – $27.00 per person
Note: To purchase tickets online you have to register with Fever.com via Facebook, your Google account or your e-mail. After registering with Fever you can proceed with your ticket purchase.
For tickets to the attraction click Stargazer – An Immersive Universe.
When is Stargazer Open?
The attraction opened on April 13th and it runs until a yet-to-be-determined date (but likely until around the end of the year).
Stargazer is open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm most days. On Sundays and holidays, however, the place doesn’t open until 11:00 am. The experience itself takes about an hour or slightly less to complete.
What to Expect
The layout of the Stargazer exhibition is similar to that of the Da Vinci Experience. If you saw the show about Leonardo last year, you’ll recognize the rooms and style of this new exhibition. Apart from the entrance area, there are main four rooms at the attraction.
The Main Gallery and Second Room
After checking in and having the option of getting your photo taken, you enter a large gallery that has informational displays all around the walls. There are also a few exhibit displays in the centre of the room. You’ll see a tiny model of a space station, a life-sized astronaut’s suit and lots of information to read. You can learn a lot about space in this room!
The next room is where you would have seen a reproduction of Leonardo’s Last Supper at the art-themed exhibition last year. This time it’s where you can watch a short film about space.
The Sensea Theatre
The third main room at Stargazer is the theatre. It’s a large room with 270 degrees of screens all around. They call this the “Immersive Experience.” The film runs for about 20 minutes. It’s best if you time your visit with the start of the show, but you can enter at any time if you want. The film is very good and full of all kinds of interesting facts and scenes.
Stargazer’s Virtual Reality Experience
The final room at Stargazer – An Immersive Universe is where you’ll find the virtual reality stations. There you can put on a pair of 3D goggles and see what astronauts see outside the International Space Station in 360 degrees. You can look up, down and all around. It’s a really cool experience!
At the end of your self-guided tour through Stargazer you have an option to purchase a picture of yourself in a space-themed scene. (The photo is the one a staff person would have taken at the start of your visit in front of a large green screen.)
On average, it takes about an hour to go through Stargazer from start to finish. Depending on your interest in space, it might take a bit more or slightly less.
About Sensea Canada
Sensea Canada is a Lower Mainland-based experiential company. It’s the organization behind the Sensea Immersive attraction at Tsawwassen Mills Outlet Mall in South Delta.
The company launched its first exhibition, the Da Vinci Experience, at Tsawwassen Mills in 2021. Materials for that first production were provided by a European company which presents its show around the world.
The original plan for Sensea Canada was to continue bringing exhibitions from abroad to the Lower Mainland. Starting in 2022, however, the company now plans to produce its own exhibitions and to lease them out to venues in other cities and countries. What you’ll see in the future at Sensea Immersive in Tsawwassen Mills will likely be world premieres, as is the case with Stargazer: An Immersive Universe!
Future exhibitions at Sensea Immersive are to be determined. That being said, they will likely all be educational, entertaining and family-friendly.
For tickets and full details about the space-themed exhibition visit the official Stargazer – An Immersive Universe website.
To get a really good idea of what to expect at Stargazer – An Immersive Universe, check out the following video. The video begins in the main gallery room where there is a large display with information about space travel since the 1960s.
In the same large first room there are a number of exhibits including one of an astronaut’s suit. There is also a stargazer picture frame which you can go inside to take photos of yourself.
In a second room there is a short film you can watch, and in yet another large room you can watch an amazing 20-minute film on 270-degrees of screens that go all around the room. Not shown in this video are the virtual reality stations where you can see astronauts and the International Space Station from the outside in 360 degrees.
Note: Sensea Immersive offers a school program designed by Vancouver’s H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Teachers can book the program and ask for full details by e-mailing email@example.com. Stargazer is also an great place for summer day camps to visit as a field trip activity.
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