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Hayden Planetarium

Central Park West and 79th Street, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
212 769 5100
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Ranked #99 of 831 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
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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Fayetteville, AR
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50 reviews 50 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

we took our 12 year old granddaughter and we all loved it. You can order tickets online ahead of time, which I recommend. It seems that every show is a sell out. Plan to spend the afternoon or day here enjoying all of the exhibits.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We visited the Natural History and Planetarium with friends and we all enjoyed the experience. I visited this planetarium in the 50's when I was in the 4th grade on a field trip and it holds the same fascination. Better than ever since it was renovated. We used our New york Pass but we had to pay extra for this... More

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Located next door to the American Museum of Natural History, in Manhattan, Hayden Planetarium is dedicated to all things astronomical. When I was a kid, the Planetarium warranted a separate visit. Nowadays, it seems joined with the Natural History Museum, so you can see both on one visit, as I did, recently. The central hall, the Cullman Hall of the... More

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New York City, New York
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318 reviews 318 reviews
100 attraction reviews
760 helpful votes 760 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

As the lights go down you are transported into a night of stars. The new projector system shows the sky magically in 360 degrees. The voiceover describes what you are seeing in exact terms that are easily understood. The seats are extremely comfortable.. See all the exhibits. Not the Planetarium of my youth, more comfortable and just as wondrous. Jeremy... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Excellent show and so beautiful to watch. Mightn't be a great idea to bring very young children, a few were crying.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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91 reviews 91 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I've been coming here for over 60 years, and it has always been one of my favorite places. I have been here with multiple generations of kids, starting with when I was one myself. The old starting announcement - naming the Zeiss Projector standing in the middle of the room - is gone - in favor of a more modern... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Great place to watch the stars for 30 minutes. Love the show. Wonderful break after a day of walking. You are in total darkness to look at the night sky. Be aware that small children can be scared by the huge show on the dome above and they will be asked to leave if they cry. Also ANY photography, video,... More

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New York City, New York
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318 reviews 318 reviews
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760 helpful votes 760 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The best way to see one of their spectacular state of art shows is to bring kids. You then see it through their eyes, The universe is on display in the rooms and halls, full of interesting things to see.You can also go in the museum. Always worth a visit. Jeremy T

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Ubud
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I first visited the Hayden Planetarium with my parents when I was twelve years old - almost 50 years ago. At that age it was marvelous, awe inspiring, unlike anything I had seen before. Over the course of the next 50 years I have traveled much of the world and seen some of the best museums and planetariums on the... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The planetarium building is very innovative, with a huge IMAX theater doubling as a model of the sun. The planets of our solar system, built to scale, are clustered around the sun model. Unfortunately, the exhibits were out of order, so it was not much of a learning experience. Admission to the planetarium includes access to the rest of the... More

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