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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 #113 of 861 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We expected so much more the planetarium and were disappointed - massive space with surprisingly very little content. The dark universe show was average at best and if you go sit on the immediate left when entering theater otherwise your neck will hurt from twisting and turning to see everything... Most of our group feel asleep

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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I had been looking forward to watching the Space show (The Dark Universe) at Hayden Planetarium for 3 months and I finally got a chance to see it last week! All I can tell you is - it was 100% worth it and It did not disappoint me at all! The Dark Universe show was purely brilliant and the film... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

For only a few extra dollars on to the admission for the AMNH, this is one of the best things to do in NYC. I don't have enough superlatives for the incredible planetarium show save to say that it is mesmerising! All ages will love and be amazed by it. Awesome and very, very highly recommended! Add it on to... More

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Miramar Beach, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Any visit to New York City must include a trip to the planetarium. And the Museum itself....make a day of it. This place is amazing and there is so much to do. There are numerous movies that you can view along with all of the exhibits. The scales on the floor that show you how much you would weight on... More

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West Haven, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I grew up in New York city and one of my favorite memories as a child in the seventh grade was our teacher Mr. Cassento taking us on a field trip to the Hayden planetarium on the West side of Manhattan. I recently visited the city with my wife and daughter who is now in the 7th grade and we... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Great way to see the night sky and get to view the universe. Easy to get to and there wasn't much of a line. The planetarium is a part of the American Museum of Natural history so make a day of it to see both.

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Kensington, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Small kids might be a little frightened by the awesome quality of the images here. My daughter burst out crying a couple of years ago because she actually thought one of the planets was going to fall out of the screen, onto us. I have seen kids as old as 6 or 7 do this, and honestly, even I get... More

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High Point, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

thirty minute dark matter show is pretty good and should get kids thinking about big ideas. but it feels rushed and glosses over hard concepts without explaining. worried that it might be frightening for a toddler but it was not.

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Clarkesville, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is an experience not to be missed. You are transported into the stars and feel like you are there. You even learn more about galaxies than you thought you wanted to know. It was a little disappointing that it was a bit less than 1/2 hour long, which made our admission of $29 pricy. The admission included the entire... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space are a must see if you are traveling with tweens. My children dreaded another museum but loved every minute they spent here!

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