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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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A 'most-visited' site for visitors to New York City. Beautifully designed and very interesting. Try to take a tour.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A 'most-visited' site for visitors to New York City. Beautifully designed and very interesting. Try to take a tour.

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Regina, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Disclaimer - I read books on theoretical physics and I have even read information on dark matter. That said, this is the most boring film you can imagine. No color. Blurry. So boring. My wife fell asleep right away. She was the smart one. Skip. Skip. Skip.

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

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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Essex, United Kingdom
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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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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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Address: Address: Central Park West and 79th Street, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: 212 769 5100
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:45 pm

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