The 1964 New York World’s Fair opened 50 years ago this week in what is now Flushing Meadow Corona Park in Queens. Today we feature a look outside the New York Hall of Science, whose entry is guarded by two NASA rockets, each 100 feet tall.
The rockets were part of a World’s Fair space park that captured the excitement of the effort at the time to get a man on the moon.
The family-friendly Hall of Science houses exhibits exploring everything from microbes to the science of basketball, plus an exhibit of memorabilia from the 1964 fair and its 1939 predecessor. There a science playground for the kids, plus lots of hands-on science and crafts workshops.
The tall building called the Great Hall, an architectural marvel that was an original fair site now undergoing renovation now. It’s due to re-open in October, 2014, when the interior covered in blue stained glass is sure to fascinate once again.
The New York Hall of Science is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; adults, $11, children 2-17, $8.
Take the #7 train to the Willette Point stop.