Trip Planner USA  /  New York State  /  New York City  /  Childrens Museums  /  Hayden Planetarium

Hayden Planetarium, New York City

Categories: Observatories, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
The Hayden Planetarium is a public planetarium, part of the Rose Center for Earth and Space of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, currently directed by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.Since February 2000, the planetarium has been one of the two main attractions within the Rose Center. The top half of the Hayden Sphere houses the Star Theater, which uses high-resolution fulldome video to project “space shows” based on scientific visualization of current astrophysical data, in addition to a customized Zeiss Star Projector system replicating an accurate night sky as seen from Earth. The bottom half of the Sphere is home to the Big Bang Theater, which depicts the birth of the universe in a four-minute program. As visitors leave the Planetarium theater, they exit to the Size Scales of the Universe exhibit which shows the vast array of sizes in the universe; the walkway itself is a timeline of the Universe from the Big Bang to the present. This exhibit leads to the Big Bang Theater and exits to the Cosmic Pathway, which shows the history of the universe. From the bottom of the Cosmic Pathway, visitors can stop by the Hall of Planet Earth to explore geology, weather, plate tectonics and more, or go down to the Hall of the Universe to explore the realms of planets, stars, galaxies and more.
Use our New York City travel itinerary maker to add Hayden Planetarium and other attractions to your New York City vacation plans.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • 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 planet...  read more »
  • Zoom you from the Earth and out in the milky way and get an overview of the entire universe last 13.7 billion years while Neil deGrasse Tyson guides you in overlysfart. I think the view of all the people who have not got time to ane biasing or to pick up this incredible mind-boggling magasugfilmopplevelsen! About the Planetarium, there is a time line (called the Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway) that visualizes the universe's history and when the stars, galaxies and life on Earth was so that 1 cm corresponds to a little over 1 million years.
    show original
  • 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 visiti...  read more »
  • This a a small and humble planetarium with a few very nice science exhibits that is geared towards children. I also saw Exploding Universe, which was very informational and concise (Not to mention amazing on a domed planetarium screen). They also do a quick astronomy lesson before the movie which helps you find night sky events in the days after visiting the planetarium. A fun and quick adventure when Traveling through Salt Lake!
  • Kind of bummed about our visit here. On the first floor, it seemed that a number of interactive things were broken. I also bought the tickets two months in advance and the entire section against the glass was closed. We decided to buy last minute tickets to the planetarium show, but couldn't figure out where to go in and missed it by the time we found the entrance. Wandered the Natural History Museum instead.
  • A good overview of modern cosmology for the layperson. Well laid out, with good facilities and friendly staff.
  • One of the coolest parts of the natural history museum. Extremely interactive, educational, and fascinating. It allows you to take a real hands on approach to space science.
  • Wonderful, immersive space like experience. When I went, the voiceover was Whoopie Goldberg. My only complain really, is that the shows are too short.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 8​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 2​h