Holographic Studios

Holographic Studios, New York City: Hours, Address, Holographic Studios Reviews: 5/5

Holographic Studios
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Holographic Studios is the world's oldest gallery of 3D holography. The gallery is open free to the public on weekday afternoons. We also offer classes, gifts, and custom hologram portraits. See our website for detail on our guided tours of our gallery and subterranean mad scientist laser laboratory.
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Neighborhood: Kips Bay
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  • 28th St • 7 min walk
  • 23rd St • 7 min walk
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John P
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May 2018 • Friends
I will admit I was skeptical before going. I envisioned those silver holograms on trading cards or "authentic" clothing tags, how interesting could that be? What Doc Laser showed on the tour blew us away!

It is part exploration into the working studio of an artist / lab of a "mad" scientist and part exhibit of some of the most mind-bending 3D images on 2D surfaces.

You can literally peer into a telescope hologram that expands in front of you, revealing a stranger in the distance. Follow Doc down into the basement, past the dark room for developing the film, into the laser lab. Yes lasers! And no, these are not your normal giving-a-powerpoint-lasers, but industrial-grade lasers. Doc explains how the laser creates the hologram -- Doc has harnessed physics to create the 3D illusion.

Don't go in expecting a "disneyfied" science museum, but be prepared to gain a new respect for a truly unique science-based art-form. Doc Laser has a true passion that made for one of the most unique and fun tours I have ever been on.
Written May 8, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jonathan D
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May 2018 • Friends
I came in with a large tour group and had the best time. The holograms were really interesting, and there were so many different types to see. Every time I thought I had seen the coolest thing, Dr. Laser pulled out something even cooler. His lighthearted approach to teaching the science behind this technology and art form made it easy to understand as well as entertaining. The trip down to the subterranean laser lab was the best part for me. It was right out of a sci fi movie. Almost everyone on the tour was blown away. This was way more fun than some stuffy old museum ever could be. I felt good about supporting a small local business. Keep up the good work Doc! We love you! I'm telling all my friends and family about your place. Thanks!
Written May 9, 2018
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G4UET
Newbury, UK307 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
On a business reward trip we had some free time to do our own thing, the timings worked perfectly after our cycling around Central Park so soon I was walking to 240E 26th street, the home of the Holographic Studios.

I noticed some previous comments on tripadvisor about ‘over the top’ and ‘over 30’, I am over 50 ‘just’ and found it a fascinating experience.

The effort and science that goes into creating the sometimes mystical works of art is truly amazing and Doc Laser, delivers the message is his own unique way, entertaining and with a knowledge of the subject that is remarkable.

The tour was completed in about an hour and leaving I had a better understanding of how the process of holograms is done, seen some works of art that confused the hell out of your eye (and brain), and made a new friend in Doc Laser.

Yes, Doc Laser is slightly eccentric, but most of the more intelligent and scientific people are, that IS what makes them so different and ‘magical’.

Yes, there is a narrow staircase to manoeuvre but if I can manage it most will find it relatively easy.

Yes, I will give it 10/10, I did have a 1:1 tour as there was no one else at 3 p.m. on a Friday and for me it was a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating experience that I will never forget, Thanks Doc.👍
Written May 23, 2018
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Charmaigne C
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May 2018 • Family
I brought my family as a last minute addition to the sites we saw in New York City. I love holograms and to see one of the only places that still makes real holograms is neat in my book. I brought the family nerds, my mom and my aunt and myself but I also had my teens with me. I wasnt sure they would like the tour and they loved it. There is a lot of history in that building! Our favorite was the Time Tunnel.
Thank you Dr. Lazer for sharing your subterrainiam lab with us! We now know physics is Fun!
Written May 8, 2018
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daisyhillyard
Preston, UK10 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
Didn't really know what to expect from the studios, but this was one of the highlights of our visit to New York! The tour is super and incredibly interesting, Dr Laser has just the right levels of humour and scientific know how, it was just the perfect way to spend our Wednesday afternoon! The gallery is full of interesting holograms, and visiting the lab and seeing the lasers and show were such a treat! Slightly surreal but absolutely brilliant.
Written July 16, 2017
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Laurie Paolicelli
Chapel Hill, NC6 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
It's a quirky, intelligent, off-the-beaten path museum. Jason, aka, Dr. Laser, is entertaining and smart as hell. We learned, laughed and heard about his walk-on part son television as well. But it's the science that is fascinating and he is the real deal. The museum is small, in a neigbhorhood that isn't a traditional tourist spot but it was worth the ten dollar taxi ride from Mid-Town and still has us speculating about holograms. Worth it for a fun, family experience. And I appreciate his commitment to teaching interns about science.
Written October 22, 2018
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Irma F
Austin, TX8 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
I’m not sure what we loved more..the AMAZIMG holograms, Jason’s big, endearing personality, or his quirky artists work space! We loved the laser show! Next time you are in NYC, avoid the same crowded, boring tourists attractions and visit Dr Laser! Thank you for a wonderful time! Irma F. B.
Written July 3, 2018
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Jacqueline H
1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Couples
Great experience. Jason was so welcoming and made the visit so memorable. He has a clear love for his craft. a must visit while in the city.
Written July 3, 2018
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Chris B
1 contribution
Dec 2017 • Family
Amazing experience. Perfect for families and people of all ages. 5 Stars and can't wait to visit again soon!
Love Dr Laser! His humor and passion for his craft is evident and leaves you with joy. A must when in NYC!
Written July 3, 2018
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tickndtin
New York City, NY1 contribution
May 2018 • Friends
Don't miss this place for a unique and special taste of NYC mostly for the creator of the holographs - Doc laser. We are native NYers and discovered this by accident while trolling through the world wide web for nothing in particular. What makes this special is Doc Laser himself who personally takes you through the history and stories of the museum. While we were there, two visitors arrived - Illya and Andrea. Illya was dressed as a jester (we think) and with his guitar eventually played and sang a song he wrote for Jason.
Jason or Doc Laser is one of the pioneers of holography and he is the definition of exuberant. Don't miss this NYC gem.
Written May 3, 2018
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Holographic Studios is open:
  • Mon - Fri 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM