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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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The Museum is FREE

This is the most awesome museum in NYC but....IT'S FREE. Well, not exactly. You have to pay something - like $0.01. That said, buying a general admission ticket here is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the most awesome museum in NYC but....IT'S FREE. Well, not exactly. You have to pay something - like $0.01. That said, buying a general admission ticket here is ridiculous. The Planetarium and IMAX etc are all extra but the general admission is essentially free. Note, most people don't know this and it's in the small print at the... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like science and space and all but this was a bit whacky to me. I guess if you're into this type of thing specifically, you'll probably love it. I' just don't think the average person would enjoy it. The Dark Experience was ridiculous too. I'll never get that 30 minutes of my life back.

3 Thank KendraDawnRN
Ypsilanti, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

The floor exhibits are getting a little worn, but still inspiring. I love the planetarium show! It is truly amazing. I've seen two different shows over the years, both left me in awe. It is a must see event! This is a great experience for anyone 5 an up!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

I didnt like the style of presentation. Tiny descriptions and screens. The 4 Minute show is ridiculous, not worth the huge spere where it is presented. The evolution of space along the path down is visitor unfriendly and boringly presented. And why do I have to pay for the whole nat. hist. museum? I booked an additional space show and... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I am a big fan of planetariums, and a big fun of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Therefore I was looking very forward to a show in the famous Hayden Planetarium.
Unfortunately I got very disappointed. First of all, there is no star projector! Can somebody explain to me why? 
A „planetarium“ without a star project is no planetarium! Then, the show... More 

1 Thank travelvich
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

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 29 September 2016

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.

1 Thank Louise S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 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 31 August 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!

1 Thank aurora7777
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 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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