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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 #110 of 858 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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Saint Augustine, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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lanex
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213 reviews 213 reviews
118 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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167 reviews 167 reviews
34 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
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34 helpful votes 34 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The infrastructure is amazing and modern. I enjoyed the disposition of every planet and the proportion of every one, it was interesting.

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Jupiter, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We visited the planetarium and saw the space show about dark matter which my kids really liked to discuss after the show so it really kept the dialogue going. The planetarium itself is beautifully designed. Great combination with the Museum if Natural History.

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