Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and the late Neil Armstrong landed on the Sea of Tranquility 45 years ago today, on July 20, 1969.
Two New York Hall of Science museum opened a few years after the 1964 World’s Fair, replacing a temporary pavilion. The rockets were part of a space park at the fair that captured the excitement of the era’s quest to get a man on the moon.
This family-friendly museum includes interactive workshops for kids, where the entire family can learn about solar energy, space travel and more, including a 3D theater. There’s also a current exhibit of memorabilia from the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadow, plus other World’s Fairs going back to the 19th Century.
The towering concrete building called the Great Hall, an architectural marvel that was an original fair site, is currently undergoing renovation. It’s due to reopen in October 2014, when visitors will be able to experience the other-worldly interior covered in blue stained glass.
The New York Hall of Science is at 47-1 111th St., Flushing Meadow. Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; adults, $11, children 2-17, $8.