Hayden Planetarium. Perkin Wing

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Exist Dates

1973 - 1997

Biographical or Historical Note

Permanent exhibition. Opened approximately 1973 and closed January 5, 1997. Located on Floors 1 and 2, Section 18. The Hayden Planetarium's Perkin Wing was a two-story construction which connected the Planetarium and the Whitney Building. The construction was funded by the Richard S. Perkin Foundation, the Charles Hayden Foundation, and the Billy Rose Foundation. The Perkin Library and a sales shop were located on the first floor, and the second floor featured the Billy Rose Hall of the Sun (1, 1971/72, p. 19; 1, 1976/77, p. 4; 2, 1997).

For additional related resources and information see Relations.


    (1) American Museum of Natural History. Annual Reports. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1971/72-1976/77.
    (2) 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 1971 (page 19); 1972 (page 8, 17); 1974 (page 14); 1975 (page 17); 1976 (page 4)


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AMNH: Floor 1 and 2, Section 18.

Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

Hayden Planetarium
The Perkin Wing was part of the Hayden Planetarium.
Hayden Planetarium. Billy Rose Hall of the Sun
The Billy Rose Hall of the Sun was located in the Perkin Wing.

Related Resources

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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