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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
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 Dark Universe.......It's Complicated

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... read more

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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank CAZ485
Staten Island, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank David H
Aventura, Florida
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Ty L
Amherst, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank ellak100
Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The good parts were the Dark Universe show (very fun and informative) and the short big bang movie. But the exhibits on the first floor were very dated, and there wasn't much else there. Plus, there are not visitor guides with maps to find out where the exhibits are.

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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting the Museum of Natural History with my family we checked out this planetarium and watched a presentation by Neil Tyson Degrasse (for Dark Space) which was totally out of this world. My 9 & 7 year olds got a kick out of watching this. It was extremely amazing and educational. I would recommend for any visitor to the... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Whether you're a space enthusiast or not, there's no chance you won't be mesmerized by the "Dark Universe" show - that beats anything (you think) you've learned by following the Nasa social media accounts. Visiting the Hayden Planetarium is like going on a school trip again, only it's one of the most fun ones!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Polite and friendly staff, a beautiful and interesting building and a great presentation about the Big Bang. Only compliments for an atraction that is not the "normal" thing to do in NY, but that was extremely nice.

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