Hayden Planetarium. Sky Theater.

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Exist Dates

1935 - 1997

Biographical or Historical Note

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Permanent exhibition. Opened October 3, 1935 and closed January 5, 1997. Located on Floor 2, Section 18. The Hayden Planetarium's Sky Theater at the American Museum of Natural History was the feature attraction of the Hayden Planetarium and presented the Museum's famous space shows. The dome had a diameter of 75 feet and seated 734 visitors. From its beginnings to its final shows, the Sky Theater employed three different Zeiss projectors, which could reproduce about 9,000 stars. (1, 1935, p. 4; 2, 1972, p. 37; 3, 1967). By 1982, the projection system was fully automated and controlled by computers as opposed to a human lecturer (4, 1982). It was demolished in the late 1990s and replaced by the new Hayden Planetarium at the Museum's Rose Center for Earth and Space (5, 1997).

For additional related resources and information see Relations.

Sources

    (1) American Museum of Natural History. Annual Reports. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1935.
    (2) American Museum of Natural History. The American Museum of Natural History: An Introduction. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1972.
    (3) American Museum of Natural History. The American Museum of Natural History: A Pictorial Guide. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1967.
    (4) American Museum of Natural History. Grapevine. New York: American Museum of Natural History, September/October 1982.
    (5) Neil de Grasse Tyson to the Museum Community "Closing of the Planetarium", January 2, 1997.
    Information for the hall appears in the following Museum publications:
    American Museum of Natural History Annual Reports for years 1930 (page 52); 1933 (page 3, 16); 1934 (page 3-4, 7-9, 13, 28, 69); 1935 (page 4, 15, 38, 88, 93-95); 1936 (page 4, 7); 1941 (page 6); 1955 (page 43); 1956 (page 35); 1959 (page 5); 1963 (page 25-26); 1969 (page 3, 20);
    American Museum of Natural History General Guides: 1935 (page 19); 1936 (page 19); 1939 (page 20-23); 1943 (page 20-23); 1945 (page 20-23); 1947 (?); 1949 (page 20-23); 1953 (page 35-37); 1956 (page 40-42); 1958 (41-42); 1962 (page 22-23); 1964 (page 22-23)
    American Museum of Natural History : A Pictorial Guide, 1967
    American Museum of Natural History: An Introduction, 1972, page 35-39
    American Museum of Natural History Official Guide 1984 (page 61-63); 1993 (page 47)

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AMNH: Floor 3, Section 18.

Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

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Hayden Planetarium
The Sky Theater was a part of the exhibition space in the Hayden Planetarium.
Coming Attraction: Comet Kohoutek (Exhibition)
associated dates: 1973 November 16-1974 January 21
Rose Center for Earth and Space. Hayden Planetarium.
The Sky Theater in Hayden Planetarium was replaced by the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater in the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Star Trek Exhibition: A Retrospective of the 60s (Exhibition)
associated dates: 1993 July 1-1994 March 6

Related Sky Show, A Star Trek & Voyage of Discovery created by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Related Resources

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Historic Halls of the American Museum of Natural History
Curated digital images of permanent halls in the American Museum of Natural History Library, Digital Special Collections.

Written by: Clare O'Dowd
Last modified: 2018 December 12


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