Hayden Planetarium Tours
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The Hayden Planetarium, one of the highlights of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is best known for its impressive visuals of space, including a high-resolution video projection of the night sky.
From the outside, the Hayden Planetarium—a sphere measuring 87 feet (26.5 meters) in diameter—appears to float inside a six-story-tall glass cube. Inside, video programming, under the direction of renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, offers glimpses of far-off galaxies, planets, and stars, all in ultra-sharp resolution. Visitors can witness the birth of the universe in the Big Bang Theater; walk the Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway, which illustrates the history of the universe from the Big Bang to present day; and check out Dark Universe, the planetarium’s popular space show that charts the discoveries that have led humankind to greater knowledge about the universe. (It’s narrated by Mr. deGrasse Tyson himself.)
Things to Know Before You Go
- All theaters in the American Museum of Natural History, including the Hayden Planetarium, include wheelchair locations and companion seats.
- The museum has plenty of food and drink options, including the Museum Food Court, the Café on One, and the Café on Four.
- Although the planetarium is safe for kids of all ages, those under 5 may not understand some of the sophisticated commentary.
- Avoid waiting in long lines by purchasing tickets in advance.
- Dark Universe is not included in general admission tickets.
How to Get There
The planetarium is located in the Rose Center for Earth and Space in the American Museum of Natural History at Central Park West and 79th Street in New York City. The easiest way to get there is by subway; the B and C lines stop at 81st Street.
When to Get There
The Hayden Planetarium is open from 10am to 5:45pm daily; shows run every half hour from 10:30am to 4:30pm.
More Sights to See at the Museum of Natural History
The Hayden Planetarium is part of the Museum of Natural History, a world-class museum where it’s easy to while away a few hours. Visitors can see one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur fossils, stand beneath a 94-foot-long (28.6-meter-long) model of a blue whale in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, and see live butterflies in action inside the Butterfly Conservatory.
Address: 81 Central Park West, New York City, New York, USA
Hours: Open from 10 am to 5:45 pm daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Admission: Adults: $23; Children (2-12): $13
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in New York City
, Mar 2020
Beautiful museum and we really enjoyed it. Our favorite part was the space museum and planetarium. So fun
Outdated, stale, even incorrect information. If you're looking for an engaging experience, look elsewhere.
, Mar 2020
Immediately upon entering the museum exhibits, both my friend and I were shocked at how out-dated and non-engaging the entire museum felt, not to mention even finding some typos in the description of plant cells. It's really a shame that such a big museum in the heart of Manhattan - surrounded by world class institutions on both sides, appears to be so neglected. This should be a towering achievement of scientific communication to the greater public, both those with degrees in the sciences, and those without. The information provided in the exhibits was elementary and often unnecessarily simplistic. I know this is a museum of natural history, but that doesn't mean the museum itself needs to feel historical. There was no engagement, no incorporation of technology to make these exhibits anything more than static, faded shells of what could be the inspiration for a child to want to pursue a career in science, or at least to appreciate the natural world. I hope this review makes its way to decision makers and funders who can rectify this cultural stain.
Don't buy off Viator
, Mar 2020
The museum is fantastic, but buying the tickets through Viator is not recommended at all. You still need to wait in line to redeem them which makes it pointless to buy online ahead of time. Just buy the tickets off the electronic booths inside the museum lobby.
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Explore the expansive American Museum of Natural History by booking full-day admission tickets. General admission tickets grant you access to about 50 exhibits, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space. You can make the most of your time in the acclaimed museum by upgrading to a Super Saver pass, which includes access to highlights such as Hayden Planetarium and 3D films.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Hayden Planetarium hours of operation?
Hayden Planetarium hours of operation: Open from 10 am to 5:45 pm daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Should I book Hayden Planetarium tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hayden Planetarium can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 0 Hayden Planetarium tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Hayden Planetarium 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Hayden Planetarium costs USD 23.00. Guided Hayden Planetarium tours start around USD 23.00 per person. See all 0 Hayden Planetarium tickets and tours on Viator.
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