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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 #68 of 629 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Owner 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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Teaneck, New Jersey
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Have you ever looked at the evening sky and just wondered? Wondered if there are other forms of life beyond our planet? Wondered how the planets remain in their orbits and don't spin off into outer space? or Wondered how the universe was created? As a child, I asked these questions and many many more. As a child, I loved... More

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Lima, Peru
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I love science so this was a treat for me. The Dark Universe show is incredible. Even if you are not into astronomy, you are going to enjoy the journey through our Universe. Do not miss it. The other exhibitions are also great and you'll get a sense of the scales scientist deal with that are hard to grasp: from... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
4 reviews 4 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
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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