Holographic Studios
Holographic Studios
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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
About
Holographic Studios is the world's oldest gallery of 3D holography, where art and science combine to create visual magic. The gallery is open free to the public on weekday afternoons. We offer tours, classes, gifts, and custom hologram portraits. See our website for details on our guided tours of our gallery and subterranean mad scientist laser laboratory!
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Address
Neighborhood: Kips Bay
How to get there
  • 28th St • 7 min walk
  • 23rd St • 7 min walk
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jonah214
Chicago, IL18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Jason (“Dr. Laser”) is incredibly entertaining and informative. The “tour” (really more like a private meeting, at least in our experience) covers not just holography but a wide variety of New York history, the entertainment industry, and whatever random topics he happens to seize on—he is easily sidetracked and somewhat long-winded, which could be good or bad depending on your personality and patience.

The one downside is that he uses cigarette smoke for some demonstrations; he ostensibly asks permission but isn’t very receptive to gentle declinations. It should be easy enough to change this to some other form of less noxious smoke.
Written September 24, 2022
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Dale M
Brighton, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Doc Laser will amaze, astound, and amuse you.
Took me back to the 1990s when laser holography was everywhere. This guy was not only part of that but still producing holograms today.
Find out about light and how holograms are made.
Written March 3, 2023
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John P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Jonathan D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, TX11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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