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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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Free yourself from this world

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

Thank Joe E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really stunning visuals and sound. It makes IMAX movies look primitive in comparison. Feels 3D without the glasses. They have a pretty ambitious goal of trying to explain complicated theories about dark matter. Non-science savvy folks (and kids) might be a little over their heads, but it is very interesting stuff. This is not the old-fashioned planetarium that just goes... More 

Thank Thomas C
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

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.

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 30 November 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
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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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