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Hayden Planetarium, New York City
(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.
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  • A place developed on several floors, where they explain the formation of the universe ages different theory of the big bang etc. Must-see!!!
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  • 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 a...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • 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!
  • I really enjoyed my visit. The planetarium show was great. I wish there were more astronomy exhibits then there was. If you are looking for a lot of space related exhibits and activities you will be disappointed.
  • Saw "Dark Universe." What a profound disappointment! A visit to a Planetarium is supposed to be an almost magical experience with a star projector that shows a view of the night sky that can only be seen from remote dark skies, something that is no longer possible to see from current day urban and suburban locations. What I saw instead is a TV show projected onto the ceiling. The planetarium director seems to think that CGI special effects are what the public wants to see. Well guess what? The CGI was nothing that couldn't be seen every night on the Discovery Channel or PBS. A trip to the Hayden Planetarium should be something special. Unfortunately, it no longer is.
  • I spent two and a half hours reading and exploring there. It's a wonderful place to visit and do a bit of learning. The Big Bang theater is also very nice; you just need to wait about 5 min to see the next show. If you go to the natural museum, make it a point to spend some time here!
  • The planetarium is ok but the events they host are what makes this place outstanding. Check their website to see what is coming up next.