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Hayden Planetarium

Address: Central Park West and 79th Street, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)
Phone Number: 212 769 5100
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Ranked #103 of 1,620 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Owner description: No need to settle for just looking at the stars - this $210 million...
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Owner description: No need to settle for just looking at the stars - this $210 million planetarium is a virtual joyride through the universe.
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were there on 14 February 2015 . Two tickets for the Dark Universe was around 54$ plus 4$ for coat check. The place, I mean theater is good, 3 D is not what I expected . I saw before much better quality. And it`s not language for people who don`t have anything common with all this staff. It`s like... More 

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Noosa, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

First up I would advise parents not to take children under the age of 10 to this show for a number of reasons. Firstly, it frightened a number of young children in our session who then had to be removed from the theatre with staff required to use torches and open the doors - annoying and disruptive for everyone, let... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The space show Dark Universe was a great experience. Not only did we get a journey through space and time, Neil deGrasse Tyson as a narrator made me want the show to last all day. The planetarium must be a thrill for the scientifically inclined, since it was an immense pleasure me and I don't know squat about astrophysics.

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Midland, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The shows are very informative, the Rose Center is fascinating--especially the exhibit about relative scales of various objects. Neil deGrasse Tyson is awesome and presents cutting-edge material in an easy-to-grasp manner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

One of my favorite places in NYC, but this could also be due to the fact that I am mildly obsessed with all things space-related. The movie I saw there was narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson and was so cool - watching the movie projected on the ceiling of the dome was such an amazing way to visualize flying through... More 

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Hamburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This planetarium is not just an architectural icon - a 30m sphere within a large Glass Cube (Rose Center of Earth and Space at the "American Museum of Natural History") - it shows probably the best science visualisations on this planet! Great journeys to the stars and beyond using immersive projections!

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New York City
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133 reviews 133 reviews
76 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Planetarium is well maintained and does an excellent job of putting things in perspective. The Space show explains some advanced topics but with great clarity, feels like watching 3D, kids felt like they were really flying through space. Then there is a long spiral walk showing the history of the universe and placing the timeline in perspective. There are... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had not been to the Hayden Planetarium in decades. The last time that we were there was before the latest renovations. So, it is entirely different than we had remembered. The newness and things that we have read and heard about it were our reason for the visit. We purchased general admission (which includes the much large Museum of... More 

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nordland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

What a fabulous experience. Almost indescribable it was so good. Kudos to Neil Degrasse Tyson for such a first class show. We really flew through the cosmos. Go see it - worth it.

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Sydney, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Highly recommend on a visit to the museum. The planetarium dome itself is an curiosity both inside and out. The show itself doesn't go for a long time, but it is fascinating nonetheless. You'll walk out blinking into the light marvelling at the size of our universe.

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