Inside the Rose Center for Earth and Space--All about the new hot spot at the American Museum of Natural History

By Nicholas Fonseca
Updated March 03, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

HOT SPOT: The spankin’ new Rose Center for Earth and Space at NYC’s American Museum of Natural History.

What’s the story? Think the Getty Museum for the Gotham crowd: This seven-floor, glass-walled cube with the Hayden Sphere at its center is the hottest ticket in Manhattan.

What’s the Hayden Sphere? The 2,000-ton planetarium boldly goes where architecture has never gone before, appearing to float within the building.

On the list? Landings include Heidi Klum, Randolph Duke, and Luther Vandross, who all showed up for CFDA’s Fashion Week kickoff, turning the museum into the trendy party spot.

At the gift shop? Out-of-this-world tchotchkes, including Nicole Miller scarves and Jetsons-esque dinnerware.

What’s in it for entertainment fans? Space junkie Tom Hanks narrates the planetarium’s spectacular 20-minute show simulating a flight through the universe. There’s also an underwhelming Big Bang demonstration, voiced by Contact star Jodie Foster.

Hey, no laser rock? Relax — Laser Aerosmith and Zeppelin now beam at the museum’s IMAX Theater.