Hayden Planetarium
Hayden Planetarium
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
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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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Neighbourhood: 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, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
How to get there
  • 81st St – Museum of Natural History • 3 min walk
  • 86th St • 8 min walk
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Harry A
Long Island, NY36 contributions
Jan. 2023
All right, enough with the puns.

I love anything that has to do with science, so I was super excited to check out the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History. It was very cool and done very well, but I must say, not quite what I was expecting. I though a planetarium showed you the observable night sky under perfect conditions (something you don’t really get to see near NYC with all the light pollution), maybe with a little bit of narration. What we got instead was kind of like an imax movie about the solar system projected on a big white dome. Don’t get me wrong, it was fascinating and extremely well done, but I would’ve liked to see a bit more of the other stars and galaxies that make up the night sky as we see it. Even still, the presentation about the solar system was breathtaking and fascinating. Definitely worth it.
Written January 16, 2023
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Josh D
Mamaroneck, NY408 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Solo
That was the most creative title I could think of!! I enjoy the cosmos and galaxies and planets and The Weeknd!! What he has to do with astronomy is his 2016 album and hit single!! There is also a very good song I listen to daily called Myself by Bazzi which is on an album called cosmic!! I also heard of cosmo the space dog and a hot sauce called cosmic disco and also the cosmo cocktail!! I know I’m going on a tangent but that’s what happens when you go to outer space!! I went here today because I happen to love astronomy but I hate physics and Neil Degrasse Tyson knows way more about astrophysics than me!! I think virtual reality is one of the coolest things in this life and it reminded me of it!! I looked into the Great beyond while I was here and it was crazy!! It was a personal tour of each planet in our solar system and it was very entertaining!!
Written December 13, 2022
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PatriciaWF
San Antonio, TX6 contributions
Jun. 2022
Walking up to this building, it's awe-inspiring, but walking in and standing under the models of our sun to the planets is humbling.
We had the best time walking around and reading the information plaques and learning tons.
My kids loved it as well as the short documentary that you can go see.
A very fun gift shop and plenty of things to pick from if you so choose.
I'm sure we missed something so I think we need to go back very soon. :)
Written June 25, 2022
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Melanie J
Sarasota, FL16 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Family
We thought we’d done our research, planned well and purchased our tickets online. We were so excited to visit the planetarium! We arrived to find the line wrapped around half of the building. We asked how long it would take to get in but no one could provide an answer. We were told they were doing temperature checks which delayed entry. No where on their website was that mentioned, only proof of vaccines. I’ve worked at attractions so I know they can provide wait time estimates. Additionally, Covid is not new so having an adequate procedure to move guests in should not be a problem. The line looked as though we would be waiting for at least an hour. When it started raining, we called and got a refund. So sad we had to miss it!
Written November 12, 2021
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Candy Ashworth
Clifton, NJ21 contributions
Sep. 2019
I take about 3 hours to walk, take photos and read everything related to the planets, their characteristics, composition, etc. This part of the museum is the most modern, the bad thing that made a lot of chola for some sectors….
Written July 4, 2020
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KA445566
Chapel Hill, NC27 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Family
Saw ‘Worlds Beyond Earth’ with our two girls ages 12 and 14. Show was 30 minutes. The educational walk around the planetarium sphere is excellent. We all enjoyed the show, but you have to buy tickets that includes the Natural History Museum, so leave enough time to explore the museum, too.
Written March 11, 2020
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LakeMamie
Guilford, CT54 contributions
Jan. 2020
We went specifically for the Hayden Planetarium, which was very good. But what we really really enjoyed was the 3-D Volcano movie. We had no idea it would be so fascinating.
Written February 15, 2020
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joandon
New York City, NY3 contributions
Jan. 2020
Haven't been to The Hayden Planetarium or Museum of Natural History in years ... Show at the Hayden was great to sit and just take in as much info as you want, or just sit and watch the show. The MN History is just beyond wonderful, great for all ages -there is something for everyone ! Highly recommend
Written February 11, 2020
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Debra S
Four Oaks101 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Friends
I’ve been wanting to go to Hayden Planetarium for years. The museum’s displays reminded me of when I was a kid going to the museum. The true highlight was the Dark Universe show, I wanted to stay and see it again, it was spectacular.
Written December 21, 2019
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Coffee lover
8 contributions
Sep. 2019
If you like the cosmos, this is the place for you. So much to see and learn about our galaxy and beyond. Enjoyed the geological displays on seismic activity and earthquakes.
Written October 15, 2019
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Hayden Planetarium is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.