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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 #109 of 856 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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Miramar Beach, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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
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
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have been a fan since a young age and it just keeps getting better and better. What an amazing exceptional museum exploration

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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170 reviews 170 reviews
34 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was a great experience for adults as well as our 9 year old granddaughter. The way the story of the Big Bang was told was so informative and understandable and then add the fact that they also made it a fun experience. The seats were comfortable and the equipment used to project onto the huge half globe ceiling gave... More

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Took my 12 year old son and we both hugely enjoyed our first planetarium experience. Only one third full on a Sunday morning, very well organised, impressive dome theatre, excellent production. Definitely include this is your NYC itinerary.

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