Rose Center for Earth and Space. Hayden Big Bang Theater

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Exist Dates

2000 - present

Biographical or Historical Note

abstract
Permanent exhibition. Opened February 19, 2000. Located on Floor 2, Section 18. The Rose Center for Earth and Space's Hayden Big Bang Theater occupies the lower half of the Hayden Sphere. Visitors look down into a concave screen to view the Big Bang presentation, giving the audience a tour of the universe based on an accurate cosmic atlas mapped using millions of astronomical observations. It takes viewers back to the birth of the universe, through its expansion and cooling, from the emergence of a simple gas cloud to galaxies with stars and planets, and raises the questions around the topic of dark energy. Support for the presentation is provided by the Charles Hayden Foundation (1; 2; 3, 2000, p. 14).

Additional information can be found in the main record for the Rose Center for Earth and Space linked on this record under Relations.

Sources

    (1) American Museum of Natural History. "Hayden Big Bang Theater," accessed May 1, 2017, http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/rose-center-for-earth-and-space/hayden-big-bang-theater.
    (2) American Museum of Natural History. Hayden Big Bang Theater. New York, NY. May 1, 2017.
    (3) American Museum of Natural History. Annual Reports. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 2000.
    Information for the hall appears in the following Museum publications:
    American Museum of Natural History Annual Reports for years 2000 (page 13-15, 50)
    Futter, Ellen V. The Rose Center for Earth and Space: A Museum for the Twenty-First Century. New York: Harry N. Abrams; New York: American Museum of Natural History, 2001

Terms

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New YorkExternal link
AMNH: Floor 2, Section 18.

Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

Charles Hayden FoundationExternal link
Rose Center donor (2).
Kinzler, Rosamund J.
Curator, credits for The Big Bang (2).
Low, Mordecai
Curator, credits for The Big Bang (2).
Rose Center for Earth and Space
The Hayden Big Bang Theater is located in the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Rose Center for Earth and Space. Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway.
The Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway is located in the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Rose Center for Earth and Space. Hayden Planetarium.
The Hayden Big Bang Theater and the Rose Center's Hayden Planetarium are located in the Hayden Sphere.

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 7


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