Hayden Planetarium

The Office of the Director of the Hayden Planetarium operates out of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.

Our mission is to bring the frontier of astrophysical research to the public via exhibitry, books, public programs, and on-line resources.

The Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History continues this mission with programs for school children, families, and teachers. 

Director's Message

Welcome to the website for the Office of the Director of the Hayden Planetarium in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.

More than a space theater or a building, New York City's Hayden Planetarium enjoys a proud legacy that has blended scientific scholarship with innovative public outreach for much of the past century. Consistent with our mission statement, the Hayden staff continues to conduct research in astrophysics and, of course, to bring the universe down to Earth.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Frederick P. Rose Director

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