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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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Educational and fun

The scale of the universe exhibit was fascinating as were the lower level installations on galaxies and stars. We enjoyed the planetarium show - the rumble seats were a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The scale of the universe exhibit was fascinating as were the lower level installations on galaxies and stars. We enjoyed the planetarium show - the rumble seats were a nice addition and the sound was great. The planetarium visuals need to be updated to reflect the current "HD" entertainment quality we've come to expect in this day and age. Especially... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The shows were great, both the kids and adults loved and understood it. Wonderful exhibits. A little pricey, but worth it. Educational and fun.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Wonderful building holding meteors and interesting space related artifacts. Lots of exhibits to see for the entire family.Don't miss the space and star show sit back and gaze the planets and stars!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

While the projector like the rest of them in the US go through periods of use, non use, and repair, the shows are always well scripted and presented by a celebrity with a voice for it. The planetarium shows are truly awe inspiring, while the museum could use some TLC.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

A NYC staple that I have visited many times. The newest show was very technical and above the Ten year old children's comprehension, mine as we'll. bring back the old star show. The other planetarium exhibits are educational, interesting and factual. Fun for the kids. Good gift shop too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

One of the most impressive attractions in New York City, and a must see for any traveler. The Museum of Natural History, where the Planetarium is housed, is remarkable on its own, with its exhibits of animals, gems, dinosaurs, etc., but the Planetarium should be included in the visit. The technology illuminating the theater is breath-taking. The lecturers are extremely... More 

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Sterling, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The dome theatre is kind of cool but the movie was just ok. The most interesting part of this museum is the spiral walkway visualizing time and space. It blows your mind a little when you see the relative proportions of objects from sub-atomic to galactic in scale.

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New York City, New York
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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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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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Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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