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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 1 week ago 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

Thank Cranky_Traveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...

1  Thank avipiti
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

Thank WalkingInLA
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Dark Universe. Skip it!! I love science, Neil Degrasse Tyson is the man, but this show was awful. Don't even think about bringing children. Dark Universe is a star show that acts as a guide to dark matter, multiverses, and the theoretical,size of the universe....More

3  Thank Saar G
Reviewed September 17, 2018

The museum is large and have different theater for different shows. The staffs and Security guards are super friendly.

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Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

I took my brother and husband here; my husband loves planetarium and we were already in the museum. It's huge! There wasn't a laser light show, it was a presentation about dark matter, dark energy, the observable universe. I wouldn't take small children, but teens...More

1  Thank itchythepirate
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

This wasn't what I was expecting. Hearing the word planetarium brought the image of constellations and lasers forth in a hilarious display of what I thought may be pseudo South Park way. Instead, we saw an enormous blue screen that turned into the visible spectrum...More

Thank Nicole D
Reviewed August 11, 2018

We were a group of 10 from ages 13 to 77 and "Dark Universe" abysmally failed at educating, teaching, communicating. Of course, Tyson's booming voiceover is impressive and the pop! bang! of the otherwise-boring sky visuals keeps you (literally) awake, but they're meaningless to learn...More

3  Thank nycfreckles
Reviewed August 10, 2018

I cannot emphasise the sense of awe I felt at the architecture in the Rose Center for Earth and Space: especially during the de Grasse-Tyson-narrated planetarium short film experience (Dark Matter). The production and venue were both superb and made me feel distinctly better about...More

Thank Draco8
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The movie should have been more friendly to the average person instead of assuming the audience would be full of scientists. it should have and could have been more entertaining. They could have started with 10 minutes of constellations which is what people want to...More

3  Thank tom2740
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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
Leonard R
April 7, 2018|
Response from Adam R | Reviewed this property |
Good question!