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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: +1 212-769-5100
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
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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 floor exhibits are getting a little worn, but still inspiring. I love the planetarium show! It is truly amazing. I've seen two different shows over the years, both left me in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The floor exhibits are getting a little worn, but still inspiring. I love the planetarium show! It is truly amazing. I've seen two different shows over the years, both left me in awe. It is a must see event! This is a great experience for anyone 5 an up!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didnt like the style of presentation. Tiny descriptions and screens. The 4 Minute show is ridiculous, not worth the huge spere where it is presented. The evolution of space along the path down is visitor unfriendly and boringly presented. And why do I have to pay for the whole nat. hist. museum? I booked an additional space show and... More 

Thank Levent F
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I am a big fan of planetariums, and a big fun of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Therefore I was looking very forward to a show in the famous Hayden Planetarium.
Unfortunately I got very disappointed. First of all, there is no star projector! Can somebody explain to me why? 
A „planetarium“ without a star project is no planetarium! Then, the show... More 

1 Thank travelvich
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Located on Central Park West - next to the Museum of Natural History - the Rose Center for Earth and science houses the Hayden Planetarium. The multi-story glass structure, with a huge orb (the planetarium) in the center and the planets surrounding it, is a stark contrast to the Victorian Gothic style of the museum. Once inside - where you... More 

2 Thank TheWuch
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

The Hayden Planetarium was a wonderful and interesting experience. The lights and colors were mesmerizing. The attention to detail was beyond none. The entire museum is worth a visit, but while visiting please don't skip the planetarium.

1 Thank Louise S
Las Vegas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

My husband and I spent a few hours here, and could have easily spent another few if we had the time. Our trip to NYC was only a few days, but so glad we took the time to visit. It has a lot of information presented in a fantastic way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

I need to rave about the amazing visual experience I've had at this planetarium! Seen Dark Matter, couldn't understand half the mambo jumbo behind the science, however, the graphics, amazing resolution, it's like I'm flying through space! At one point, I actually stretched out my hands towards the multitudes of galaxies and stars....was magical. It's a must-see!

1 Thank aurora7777
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

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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