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Hayden Planetarium

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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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Central Park West and 79th Street, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY 10024
Upper West Side
+1 212-769-5100
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most of The Dark Universe show is way above the heads of children and most adults. My grandson and I were expecting a show about planets, constellations, the milky way...familiar space features about which we would like to learn more. Sadly disappointed. And, of course,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 19, 2019

My husband and I saw the "Dark Universe" show with our 10 and 7 year olds, who are totally interested in space and had been excited for it but the content was WAY over their heads and they were lost and bored after just a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank CTtraveler79
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

The Dark Universe space show is worth a visit if you are interested is astronomy but not an expert. The show, projected on the domed ceiling of the planetarium's theatre, is incredible. Can you imagine how dark matter affects your life? Answers to be found...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

Go for a half hour show and then wander around the museum for a little while, you won't be disappointed.

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank JamesS261
Reviewed December 21, 2018

We purchased tickets ahead of time for this special event. It was sold out, but the staff did a great job of being certain everyone was seated. The hosts were personable, pleasant and offered a nice Q and A at the end of their presentation....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

A great lesson on Dark Matter and the Big Bang Theory. Visually outstanding film, geological selection and a unique gift shop

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 7, 2018

We had to stand in line for tickets but security was a breeze; not so for the Museum of Natural History around the corner. We bought a combo ticket and saw the show in the planetarium (enjoyed it a lot); went through the "Butterfly Conservatory"...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

We were really excited to see the (relatively new) planetarium show. The visuals were great, and the theater was comfortable and spacious. But the show itself was very abstract, focusing on dark matter and dark energy. It didn’t give the viewer any sense of where...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Cranky_Traveler
Reviewed October 27, 2018

The Dark Universe space show is really good - both kids and adults love it. Unfortunately, there's not much to see besides the space show - meteorites and other rocks can't compete with the dinosaurs in the adjacent AMNH...

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

Expensive if you want to see the shows. We saw 3 extras/exhibitions/shows, Oceans, Neil DeFrasse Tyson, and walked through the butterflies. Fun day for everyone. Be sure to do the free video at the machine on the first floor. It takes your photo like you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the
Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a
quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of
downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the
city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the
American Museum of Natural History, which has been
welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for
over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center,
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August 2, 2018|
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Response from BLDTraveler | Reviewed this property |
Think of it as an IMAX for a show about space with really comfortable seats. The show is not long, but always interesting. Subjects vary over time. Look to see what is the current offering.
July 19, 2018|
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Response from Fenners_in_Bermuda | Reviewed this property |
Hi... The Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History is an absolute must when visiting NYC... We were there a couple of months ago and went to the Dark Universe show... Absolutely spectacular and very easy on the... More