Bought $5 tickets for the American Museum of Natural History. Yeah, I know admission is a dollar, the tickets included free admission to one of the specials. We went with kids and friends. Unfortunately, there's no B train, but there are elevators and ramps on 42nd for the transfer from Q to C.
We were supposed to go to the main
entrance with our vouchers but the guard let us through and walked us
halfway to the Will Call desk where we got tickets for the shows. We
bought tickets for the Journey to the Stars at the Hayden Planetarium.
Was afraid the kids would freak out at Tornado Alley at IMAX. The staff
at the planetarium were also very nice. We came right after the show
started and were let in for next show without having to go exchange
tickets and the women and kids were let into the line without a ticket
while I was in the bathroom.
The fun started at the
planetarium. They tell you that it doesn't matter where you sit, and
yes, it doesn't. You can't see no matter where you sit. The sits are
not reclined enough and are not reclinable more, while you have to look
straight up. Also, maybe I'm blind, but the movie seemed blurry.
Around 25 years ago, on a school trip, 3rd or 4th grade, I was in a
planetarium in Moscow. It had an old style projector, no movie, no
lasers. The show was interesting and informative. The show was about
specific stars and constellation and where they appear. Journey to the
Stars, on the other hand, is tailored towards two year olds. A better
and more informative zoom out was done at the end of MIB for years ago.
Planets inside the solar system are shown with their orbits (vectors)
but are too small and shown too fast to recognize and no labels
provided. Different types of stars are mentioned but very broadly. One
constellation is mentioned and a few stars are named but not shown
where they appear in the sky. The movie was not informative or
interesting and not even visually stunning. Replacing the whole movie
with pictures from the Hubble telescope would be a great improvement.
Considering the movie was narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, they could've at
least started it on the Enterprise with Guinan. Unfortunately, the
whole movie, fail.
After the show, we went to eat.
Outside food is not allowed in the cafeterias, but there is a School
Lunchroom where the Hebrews may eat their food. As we walked in, a
mouse ran across the lunchroom. The kids were duly entertained, the
wife was not. While we were eating, around 45 minutes, same or several
other mice ran by. Well, at least I got to see some live exhibits.
did not find special (pay per show) exhibits being placed in the middle
of key connecting areas to be particularly amusing. As it is, the
abysmal layout of the pavilions requires too much backtracking,
especially if you're unable to use the stairs. As far as the elevators,
too few and too small and you have to wait for 10 minutes because of
assholes who can't be bothered to use the stairs.
The animal sections confuse me. I understand showing extinct animals, but what's the point of dioramas of animals you can go look at
at the zoo, which is 10 minutes away. Laziness and instant
gratification. I'd rather look at live animals, even when they're not
one foot away.