The Hayden Planetarium – Final Part Of Our New York Favourites!


If you read part 3 of my New York favourites you’ll know that I said I have one more favourite place to tell you about!

If you’ve not read Part 3 of my New York favourites yet then please click here to do so! You can also click here for Part 1 and click here for Part 2.

So my final favourite and to be honest my absolute favourite thing about New York after ABGT100 (click here to read about ABGT100) is The Hayden Planetarium!

It’s such an awesome place! I love anything to do with Astronomy but we don’t really have anything like the Hayden Planetarium near where I live so getting to go there was awesome!

If you don’t know what The Hayden Planetarium is then it’s the Astronomy section of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

One of my highlights from our day out at The Hayden was the meteor that they have there that you can actually touch! Its something like 500 million years old so getting to touch something that old was pretty cool, I mean think of all the changes that meteor has seen our planet and the universe in general go through! And also that’s an actual thing from space and I touched it.. it was just so cool!

Here’s some pictures I took of it, they’re not the best photos in the world but frankly I was too excited to be there to even care about taking good photos (way to be a good blogger Charlotte..)




My second highlight from the Hayden Planetarium was The Big Bang exhibition that’s narrated by Liam Neeson, it was really good, you went into this room and stood around this inverted dome in the floor and watched a film all about The Big Bang, it was interesting to watch and the graphics were incredible it all looked SO real..

My absolute favourite thing about The Hayden Planetarium though was the Dark Universe Space Show narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, you go into a room thats above where the Big Bang Exhibition is into what’s called the Space Theatre and sit down and the whole show takes place on the ceiling, but it’s domed so the show is taking place all around you and oh my god it was like a window into space it was beyond phenomenal. It just all looked so real, at one point much to Jim’s amusement I actually ducked when a satellite was coming towards us.. I genuinely felt like it was going to hit me!

Sadly we weren’t allowed to take photos in either exhibition so I don’t have any photos to show you but in a way that’s good because it’s a surprise for everybody that goes because the internet can ruin so much these days.

Anyway, together the two domes (big bang exhibition and space theatre) form the globe like structure that you can see from outside the museum, I didn’t take any pictures of the outside because it was absolutely pouring down when we went so I just wanted to get inside as quick as possible but here’s a picture taken from the New York Times website..

Planetarium from building across the street

It was honestly my favourite thing after ABGT100, I’m so glad we went I had the best time, it definitely helped being there with Jim because he’s so intelligent and it’s always nice being in a place like that with somebody that knows what they’re talking about and can answer my 100000000 questions.

I highly recommend The Hayden Planetarium to everybody who goes to New York, it’s a great place to take the kids, to go as adults or to even go on a date! I had the best time there and I hope you do too if you go!

So that’s it! You’ve had all of my New York favourites now! If you’ve not yet had chance to read them all the please

  • Click here to read Part One of my New York favourites

  • Click here to read Part Two of my New York favourites

  • Click here to read Part Three of my New York favourites

  • Click here to read all about our New York hotel and travel experiences.

Have you been to The Hayden Planetarium? What did you think? Comment down below or tweet me @MissCharlotteEm and tell me! And if you haven’t been then comment / tweet and tell me what your favourite thing about New York is!

Thanks so much for reading!

Charlotte xo