Hayden Planetarium

Hayden Planetarium, New York City: Hours, Address, Hayden Planetarium Reviews: 4.5/5

Hayden Planetarium
4.5
10:00 - 17:45
Monday
10:00 - 17:45
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:45
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:45
Thursday
10:00 - 17:45
Friday
10:00 - 17:45
Saturday
10:00 - 17:45
Sunday
10:00 - 17:45
About
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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The area
Address
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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Melanie J
Sarasota, FL16 contributions
Extremely long wait to enter
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 12 November 2021
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Candy Ashworth
Clifton, NJ21 contributions
Much knowledge to see!!!
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 4 July 2020
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KA445566
Chapel Hill, NC23 contributions
Excellent and includes Nat History Museum admission
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 11 March 2020
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LakeMamie
Guilford, CT53 contributions
Much to see and learn
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 15 February 2020
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joandon
New York City, NY3 contributions
This never fails to be amazing !
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 11 February 2020
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Debra S
Four Oaks99 contributions
Go see Dark Universe
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 21 December 2019
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Coffee lover
8 contributions
Space trip
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 15 October 2019
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donnajackson_10
Abilene, TX49 contributions
The Stairs
Dec 2018
I’m always amazed there are believers in human creation that don’t believe in a Creator. Decades ago I saw the museum and found it absolutely amazing. One of the last spots I went up were steps with wording from day #1 throughout to the top steps with only one questionable area. There were a number of steps with no issues on them. As I continued this portion was scientifically unaccounted for. It’s no wonder that so many scientists believe in a creator. I found nothing but faith before and after scientific inclusion on all but those stairs. We are One. Our Earth is One. Our Creator is The One with several names and colors all over this Earth.
Written 9 October 2019
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Culture792528
1 contribution
VASTLY OVERPRAISED
Oct 2019
Sorry, I can't agree with all the favorable TA reviews. We found this labyrinthine, disorganized space the most confusing public venue that we ever have had the misfortune to attend. Horrible directions, virtually no signage - we spent half our time figuring out where we were. The shows? Boom, crash, music swells, universe rushes at you at warp speed. Heavy on boom and crash, light on science. If you enjoy looking at Coming Attractions for half an hour, you'll enjoy the shows. As for us, we couldn't wait to get out of there. What a sad comedown from what we experienced here as young people.
Written 7 October 2019
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Jody McCullor A
17 contributions
Out of this world
Jul 2019
Interesting, exciting, and fun! I’d spend time here weekly, if possible! This is perfect for family a family event.
Written 7 August 2019
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