The original Hayden Planetarium was built in 1935 on the grounds of the American Museum of Natural History. The Rose Center is an impressive 333,500-square-foot exhibition, research, and education facility which opened to the public in 2000. The center was built to educate visitors about the universe, galaxies, starts, planets and other astronomical concepts. The new planetarium is a huge sphere housed in a glass box 7 stories high. In the top half of the 87-foot-diameter sphere is the Space Theater, which presents an awesome Space Show using the world’s largest, most powerful projector, the Zeiss Mark IX, which was built to the museum’s specifications. The bottom half of the giant sphere is called the Big Bang Theater.
Hall of the Universe Lower Level
Explore 4 distinct zones: Universe, Galaxies, Stars, and Planets that tell the stories of modern astrophysics, including colliding galaxies, supernova explosions, the expanding universe, and more. Visitors can see and touch a 15 1/2 ton meteorite, view the latest imagery from observations around the world, NASA, the Hubble Telescope, and other spacecraft.
Hall of Planet Earth First Floor
The Hall combines rock samples collected around the world, together with state-of-the-art computer and video displays. Earth Event Wall broadcasts global events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and atmospheric events as they unfold.
Scales of the Universe Second Floor
This walkway permits visitors to see the relative size of cosmic and human objects, from galaxies, stars, and planets, to the human brain and the nucleus of the smallest atom.
Big Bang Theater
Standing atop glass flooring around a circular opening, visitors look down into a multi-sensory interpretation of the first moments of the universe, with narration by Jodie Foster.
This spiraling ramp around the Hayden Sphere features events that occurred during 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. Approximately 75 million years pass with each step, and all of recorded human history amounts to no more than the width of a human hair at the end of the ramp.
Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector and the Digital Dome Projection System bring audiences to clearest possible images of our night sky. All of the seats in the Space Theater are excellent. There is no assigned seating, but once you have purchased a ticket for a particular show, you are guaranteed a seat for that show time. The Space Show experience, including a pre-show, is approximately 40 minutes long. No photography, video, or audio recording is permitted in the theater.
Cosmic Collisionsis a dazzling journey through deep space to witness the creation of the moon, the violent meeting of two stars at the galaxy’s edge and the collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the Andromeda spiral galaxy. This explosive all-new space show is narrated by Robert Redford. Audiences will feel the ground shake beneath them as they experience a thrilling recreation of the meteorite impact that hastened the end of the Age of Dinosaurs 65 million years ago and cleared the way for mammals like us to thrive.
Call 1+(212) 769-5200 for tickets and information.
Location: The direct entrance is on the north side of the American Museum of Natural History on West 81st Street, just west of Central Park West. Access is also available through the Museum from Central Park West at 79th Street.
Telephone: 212-769-5100, 212-769-5200
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Bus: M7, M10, M11, M79
Subway: to 81 St-Museum of Natural History:
Admission: * Suggested $13 for Adults, $10 for Students/Seniors with ID, and $7.50 for Children (2-12). Includes admission to both the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Combination tickets, including admission to the Hayden Planetarium Space Show are $22 for Adults, $16.50 for Students/Seniors with ID, and $13 for Children (2-12).
Hours: * Open daily from 10:00am to 5:45pm, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
On Fridays the Rose Center remains open until 8:45pm.
Space Shows scheduled throughout the day Sunday through Thursday and Saturday from 10:30am to 4:30pm, and on Friday from 10:30am to 7:30pm.
Free Audio Tour
Discover the wonders of the universe and the mysteries of Earth through a 75-minute Audio Tour, available in both English and Spanish. Museum scientists add their expertise to stops along the way including: the Hayden Planetarium, Hall of the Universe, Hall of Planet Earth, the Scales of the Universe, and the Cosmic Pathway. The Audio Tour is in random-access format, enabling visitors to tailor their tour to their particular interests and can be picked up at the Membership/Audio Tour Desk on the Lower Level.
Allow a minimum of 4 hours. There is a brand new Museum Food Court, located on the lower level of the Natural History Museum that is a perfect place for families to have lunch. Selections include sandwiches, pizza, grilled offerings, salad bar, and more. There are several new shops including the new three-story Planetarium shop in the Rose Center. All public areas are accessible to wheelchairs; all video displays are captioned for the hearing impaired; infrared hearing aids are available in the auditoriums and theaters.
Nearby Places of Interest:
- American Museum of Natural History
- Central Park
- New York Historical Society
- Children’s Museum of Manhattan
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- Columbus Circle
- Tourneau Time Machine
- Upper West Side
* Prices and times subject to change