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Hayden Planetarium

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Address: Central Park West and 79th Street, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: 212 769 5100
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Description: No need to settle for just looking at the stars - this $210 million...
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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American Museum of Natural History

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Fun with the stars and our cousins

Dr. Neil De Grasse Tyson is an excellent educator and explains difficult concepts so any layman can easily understand. We saw the show about Dark Energy and Dark Matter. I use a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Dr. Neil De Grasse Tyson is an excellent educator and explains difficult concepts so any layman can easily understand. We saw the show about Dark Energy and Dark Matter. I use a mobility scooter. The staff immediately arranged it so we could position the chair so we weren't in anyone's way. There was no muss, nor fuss. They just did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Visiting the Hayden Planetarium was something we really didn't expect to do on our visit to Manhattan, partly due to scientifical ignorance (not knowing it was even there) but we are so glad we did! Having been given the options of exhibits with the museum entry and knowing nothing about either we took a punt with Dark Universe. So far... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I used to visit the Hayden Planetarium as a kid on school field trips when the planetarium observatory showed the planets, constellations, Milky Way, and galaxies. I was very disappointed with the presentation today. It was very theatrical. I felt like I was at a Disneyland exhibit instead. Also, they said the entrance fee was a "donation", but they tell... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I saw this once last year and absolutely loved it. Took my gf and niece to see it yesterday and it was partially blurry, desaturated to the point of almost being black and white, and contrast was way dark. Spoke to management and they pretended like this was how it is supposed to look and no one has ever complained... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Although most of it was over our heads, we enjoyed trying to understand our universe and loved the exhibits.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

No words will ever help describe my feelings towards this. But I'll just simply say, thank you.. Informative, inspiring and very fun! A very cool place for adults as well as kids, there's so much to see, do and learn. Very well done!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My family and I went to the museum and the planetarium during spring break. It was very crowded but still a good time. The show in the planetarium was amazing. It was like being on a ride but educational at the same time. It is worth paying a little extra to access both places.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The current program (Dark Universe) was very interesting but too short. I have not been to a planetarium for many years and was surprised that the entire show was a video.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The Hayden Planetarium will take you where no man has gone before. Wild 3d will make you feel like you are traveling through the heavens. Caution not suitable for anyone that is afraid of dark and loud noises.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

So well-done and we've seen some excellent space shows here. Obviously this is not for very young children or kids who might be afraid of darkness and unexpected loud noises (um, duh).

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