Rose Center for Earth and Space
At the start of the millennium, the American Museum of Natural History opened the Rose Center for Earth and Space. At a cost of US$300 million, the building's spectacular architecture consists of a vast glass facade, behind which hangs a 2000-ton silver globe, housing two film theatres.
The Rose Center uses state of the art technology to reveal the wonders of the Universe through a series of simulations and interactive displays. Visitors are shown a simulation of the creation of the universe and the Big Bang, including a narration by Jodie Foster. A spiralling walkway circling the sphere chronicles the 13-billion year evolution of the universe, with images taken from the Hubble telescope.
The highlight of the exhibition is undoubtedly the Space Show inside the Hayden Planatarium. A 30-minute 3-D tour of the universe, using the world's most powerful virtual reality simulator, takes audiences past Mars, Jupiter and Saturn to witness the birth of stars in another galaxy and come face-to-face with a Black Hole.
Arrive early if you want to buy tickets for a show on the same day, or phone the ticket hotline to buy tickets in advance. A limited number of tickets can also be purchased from the Rose Center Website.
The Rose Center is located in the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan's Upper West Side, overlooking Central Park. It stages numerous exhibitions throughout the year and lots of fun events.