Rose Center for Earth and Space (Hayden Planetarium)

15 West 81st Street

The Frederick Phineas & Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space is one of the most talked about additions to the NYC cultural scene in the last decade. Clad in almost an acre of glass, the Hayden Sphere can look like a strange visitor from oute... more

The Frederick Phineas & Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space is one of the most talked about additions to the NYC cultural scene in the last decade. Clad in almost an acre of glass, the Hayden Sphere can look like a strange visitor from outerspace, rather than a window into it. The Planetarium is unlike any other such facility in the world. In the top half of the Hayden Sphere, the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence uses advanced visual technology (including a customized, one-of-a-kind Zeiss Star Projector) to create shows of unparalleled sophistication, realism, and excitement. With this high-definition system, the Hayden Planetarium is the largest and most powerful virtual reality simulator in the world.

The bottom half of the Hayden Sphere houses the "Big Bang," where visitors can experience a dramatic, multisensory re-creation of the first moments of the universe. From here, visitors continue on an awe-inspiring journey that chronicles the evolution of the universe by following the Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway — a sloping walkway that takes them through 13 billion years of cosmic evolution.


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Upper West Side Description

Rose Center for Earth and Space (Hayden Planetarium) is located in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The home of diverse cultural attractions, the Upper West side is sandwiched between Riverside Park to the west and Central Park to the east. Both parks are excellent leisurely green spaces to spend a day. Central Park is especially notable, as it is New York’s "flagship" park. With over 843 acres of land, it is home to 275 species of birds. It’s quite easy to spend an entire day there too, as the park has several restaurants on its perimeter, a Boathouse, a Carousel, ball fields, a running track, reservoir, sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare, and a nearly endless list of events and other attractions.

In addition to being the most densely populated area of the United States, the Upper West Side is the home of several academic institutions and a litany of famous people too numerous to list here. The American Museum of Natural History is among the most notable museum in the neighborhood. This world-famous museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. The museum's exhibition-halls house a stunning array of artifacts and specimens from all corners of the world and all historical periods including some magnificent dinosaur fossils. Other nearby cultural institutions worth checking out include the New York Historical Society, and the new Rose Center for Earth and Space which houses the Hayden Planetarium; the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence.

The Upper West Side also contains some of the greatest venues to hear classical music. There is the Metropolitan Opera House —one of the world’s leading opera companies since its opening in 1883—as well asAvery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the renowned New York City Opera. Additionally both The Julliard School and Fordham University grace the area.

You’re bound to get hungry while visiting the neighborhood, but fear not -there are plenty of famous places to nosh or grab some classic New York smoked salmon in the Upper West Side. There’s Zabar’s—a heavenly deli if there ever was one; Fairway Market which has a huge, gourmet selection of just about everything; Citarella, with fresh fish and much more; and Murray’s Sturgeon Shop—just to name a few. If you're looking for a more substantial meal, head to Prohibition, an upscale restaurant and bar. The interior, which invokes the glamour and romance of the Prohibition-Era style of the twenties and early thirties, helps create terrific ambience. All of this has made Prohibition a mainstay on the Upper West Side. There's also the takeout booth at Carmine's. Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of homestyle antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. And when we say large, we mean large; an entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. After your weekend mid-day meal, take a walk back through Riverside Park or stroll down Riverside Drive and admire the impressive monuments, grand apartment buildings, and views of the Hudson River, all while burning off a few calories of course.

Given the number of attractions and cultural institutions in the neighborhood, the Upper West Side is an ideal location to spend your stay in New York. The charming Excelsior Hotel is located right near the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Meanwhile, the cozy and reasonably priced Belnord Hotel is another conveniently located option for the budget conscious traveler, as is the Comfort Inn Central Park West.

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15 West 81st Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100
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Admission And Tickets

Entrance to the Rose Center is included in suggested Museum admission to the Museum of Natural History.
$22.00 - Adults
$12.50 - Children (2-12)
$17.00 - Senior/Student with ID
Member Adult: Free
Member Child: Free

Note: For IMAX, Space Shows, and many of the special exhibitions there are additional charges.

Super Saver
(includes admission and choice of shows and exhibits)
$35 - Adults
$22 - Children (2-12)
$28 - Seniors/Student

This Week's Hours

Daily: 10:00am-5:45pm

Space Shows are scheduled throughout the day Sunday through Thursday and Saturday from 10:30am to 4:30pm, and on Friday from 10:30am to 7:30pm.

Nearby Subway

  • to 81st St – Museum of Nature History
  • to 79th Street

Upcoming Events

Journey to the Stars

A spectacular new Space Show, Journey to the Stars, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, premiered on Saturday, July 4, 2009, in the Hayden Planetarium at the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Featuring extraordinary images from telescopes ... [ + ]on the ground and in space and stunning, never-before-seen visualizations of physics-based simulations, the dazzling new Journey to the Stars launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky, including our own nurturing Sun. Tour familiar stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover the fascinating, unfolding story that connects us all to the stars. Those who come along for the journey may never see the night sky in the same way again.

Journey to the Stars is an engrossing, immersive theater experience created by the Museum’s astrophysicists, scientific visualization, and media production experts with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and more than 40 leading scientists from the United States and abroad

12/17/2018 10:00 AM
Mon, December 17
10:00AM
$
Entrance to the Rose Center is included in suggested Museum admission to the Museum of Natural History.
$22.00 - Adults
$12.50 - Children (2-12)
$17.00 - Senior/Student with ID
Member Adult: Free
Member Child: Free

Note: For IMAX, Space Shows, and many of the special exhibitions there are additional charges.

Super Saver
(includes admission and choice of shows and exhibits)
$35 - Adults
$22 - Children (2-12)
$28 - Seniors/Student
Get Tickets

Hall of the Universe

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe presents the discoveries and explorations of modern astrophysics. This 7,000-square-foot hall is divided into four zones featuring exhibit islands rich with astronomical imagery, rotating video displays, computer interactives, and more.

The Un... [ + ]iverse Zone probes the limits of our powers of observation, while exploring the ways in which our universe is expanding. The Galaxies Zone celebrates the exquisite beauty and diversity of galaxies, while providing information on their formation and evolution. The Stars Zone links supernovae to the elements created by them, the chemical building blocks of our own human bodies, reinforcing the notion that we are made of "star stuff." The Planets Zone illustrates the formation and evolution of planets, with an examination of major collisions that have occurred on Earth, as well as possible future impacts.

12/17/2018 10:00 AM
Mon, December 17
10:00AM
$
Entrance to the Rose Center is included in suggested Museum admission to the Museum of Natural History.
$22.00 - Adults
$12.50 - Children (2-12)
$17.00 - Senior/Student with ID
Member Adult: Free
Member Child: Free

Note: For IMAX, Space Shows, and many of the special exhibitions there are additional charges.

Super Saver
(includes admission and choice of shows and exhibits)
$35 - Adults
$22 - Children (2-12)
$28 - Seniors/Student
Get Tickets

Scales of the Universe

A major feature of the Rose Center is the Scales of the Universe exhibit along the 400-foot-long walkway that hugs the glass wall of the cube. This unique exhibit, which employs the facility's architectural features by using the Hayden Sphere as a basis for comparison, explores the vast range of siz... [ + ]es in the cosmos—from the observable universe to our planet to a tiny electron. Along the walkway, stations introduce visitors, by increments of the power of ten, to the relative sizes of atoms, planets, stars, and galaxies, by using text panels, interactive terminals, and both large, overhead and small, rail-mounted models. Enormous, realistically rendered planets, stars, and galaxies-including a nine-foot-diameter model of Jupiter and a model of Saturn with 17-foot-diameter rings-are suspended from the ceiling of the building.

12/17/2018 10:00 AM
Mon, December 17
10:00AM
$
Entrance to the Rose Center is included in suggested Museum admission to the Museum of Natural History.
$22.00 - Adults
$12.50 - Children (2-12)
$17.00 - Senior/Student with ID
Member Adult: Free
Member Child: Free

Note: For IMAX, Space Shows, and many of the special exhibitions there are additional charges.

Super Saver
(includes admission and choice of shows and exhibits)
$35 - Adults
$22 - Children (2-12)
$28 - Seniors/Student
Get Tickets

Cosmic Pathway

Following the explosive Big Bang experience, visitors exit onto the Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway, a dramatic, spiraling ramp that ushers them through 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. At the start of the walkway, visitors can measure the length of their stride and determine how ma... [ + ]ny millions of years pass with each step. Thirteen markers along the way denote the passage of each billion years and, at eight landings, computer interactives help visitors understand the nature and size of the universe at that point in time. Artifacts are also on display, including evidence of the earliest bacterial life on Earth and the fossilized tooth of a giant carnivorous dinosaur. At the end of the 360-foot circular pathway, the thickness of a human hair illustrates the relative duration of human history, from cave paintings to the present day. The Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway was specially designed to allow for adjustments and updates to the exhibitry, as research in astrophysics reveals new information about the age and nature of the universe.

12/17/2018 10:00 AM
Mon, December 17
10:00AM
$
Entrance to the Rose Center is included in suggested Museum admission to the Museum of Natural History.
$22.00 - Adults
$12.50 - Children (2-12)
$17.00 - Senior/Student with ID
Member Adult: Free
Member Child: Free

Note: For IMAX, Space Shows, and many of the special exhibitions there are additional charges.

Super Saver
(includes admission and choice of shows and exhibits)
$35 - Adults
$22 - Children (2-12)
$28 - Seniors/Student
Get Tickets
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