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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
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+1 212-769-5100
10:00 - 17:45
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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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An incredible experience - a must for everyone over the age of 10.

This show at the Hayden Planetarium is an experience I will never forget. Even though I saw the show today, I would see it again tomorrow. In the span of approximately twenty... read more

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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This show at the Hayden Planetarium is an experience I will never forget. Even though I saw the show today, I would see it again tomorrow. In the span of approximately twenty five minutes, the viewer experiences the unfathomable enormity of the universe in a magnificent visual display. Initially, I became a little dizzy but as I got used to... More 

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Settle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The show was visually stunning and enjoyably mind blowing. Would have been better were it not for the persistent talking behind. The staff in the theatre should be patrolling this better as it was frustrating. The topic of the Universe was very interesting and the kids did struggle with some bits but then again so did I..

Thank JonCgiggle
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not your typical planetarium show,this is an IMAX type movie featuring astronomer TYSON De GRASSE. Mr.De GRASSE is brilliant---a little too brilliant for children under ten. Some adults will even find the film a little over their heads.Instead of a projector they have an Imax film. I hope this is an occasional thing. The exhibits were very good.

Thank JoeyKennedy
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The most intersting way of presenting science and space I have ever seen. The Planetarium is up to date, the cinemas are totally amazing and I learnt so much, it's better then anything else in the museum.

Thank kazmat182
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36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Astronomy spectacular, grounded in science but so fantastic (do we REALLY know the origins of the Universe?!) My head was spinning halfway through. More than worth the admission fee. Now I want to see Sagan's Cosmos over again

Thank levelgreenithaca
Kent, Washington
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882 reviews
365 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

This was interesting and fun to visit. This well worth seeing when visiting the Museum of Natural History.

Thank Rehsinup19
Bronxville, New York
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115 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

The first time I have visited it since it was renovated a few years back. I grew up in Manhattan and probably first visited the planetarium 60 years ago, but it is better than ever, with scientific exhibits, space rocks and artifacts, and of course now the IMax theater. The current showing is of "Dark Universe," about the exploration of... More 

2 Thank WestSideKid
Geneva, Switzerland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I highly recommend a visit to the Hayden Planetarium, and visit the theatre, sit back and be transported back to the beginning of the universe and follow a journey to now and beyond in comfortable seats where everyone gets a great view as the entire dome ceiling is transformed into a giant observatory. Really excellent presentation - just the right... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

I've been to a few planetariums, and this is probably the most impressive I've seen. Much larger than many others, and the picture and sound quality are excellent. The offering of shows is very sound - we saw a fairly intuitive explanation of investigations into dark matter and energy narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Would recommend!

1 Thank Joe E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

The actual planetarium is beautiful. The Dark Matter presentation was amazing. But the hour wait and horrific, rude, and unintelligent workers left much to be desired. You wait in multiple different areas despite having tickets and are shoved like cattle into a waiting room with TVs before entering to view the presentation. The workers could care less about your experience... More 

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