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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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Spend an hour, or more, in space!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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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!

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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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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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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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2 of 5 bubbles 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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