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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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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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The narrated short history of our universe is riveting and, I am told, perfectly accurate, something not true of all popularizations of science. The Hayden Planetarium, which can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The narrated short history of our universe is riveting and, I am told, perfectly accurate, something not true of all popularizations of science. The Hayden Planetarium, which can be done in under an hour, is located within the Museum of Natural History, which requires at least a few hours thoroughly to see.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The planetarium shows space related shows at the Natural History Museum, several of which are narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. They have beautiful visuals, and are interesting and informative. It costs an additional fee with the museum, unless you use CityPASS.

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum with the New York City Pass and the Hayden Planetarium was included. The seats are very comfy, doesn't matter where you sit as you get a great show all around. The show is half a hour in length and at one point I did feel a bit sick. Luckily this did not last for long! Everything... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to a planetarium- well worth the visit- the show (approx 30 mins) was the highlight! Just be prepared for long lines!

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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting NYC I was looking for an interesting way to spend a free afternoon, and found my way to the Hayden. Lots of families and kids, but crowds were well handled. Yes, I have a science background and this film brought rushing back memories of school, the excitement of physics, building radios, reading about the stars. So my own nostalgia... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The dark universe is an awesome,cool display of the sky but this is what I felt like.🤔.I didn't understand a single word they said. Just go to museum.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

This was awesome and beats dusty old stuffed animals in dioramas any day. My 12 year old enjoyed it but kids younger than this would find it boring I think. For a science nut though it was great.

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Aventura, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

When I was a child I visited the Hayden Planetarium and learned the names of Planets. The 1/2 hour show,shows you the sky with masses of stars and how many Millions of years they are away. We took our 10 &11yrs olds, they got nothing out of it. No education at all. My Wife and I got out of it... More 

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Mountain View, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Compared to others in other cities there are better planetariums out there. However, this is clean, modern and pretty cool. The earthquake wing right off the main hall is pretty cool even if its not considered part of the Hayden. The design of the experience makes it a bit difficult to follow with large crowds around.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

I visited the Planetarium yesterday (on a Saturday) with a 5 1/2 and a 2 year old and found the experience appallingly bad. The building is very crowded with tourists on the weekend, and there is hardly any staff to direct traffic. Apparently you are supposed to download an app on your iPhone if you want to clearly understand the... More 

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