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“Inside the Hall of Science, we found instant bedlam”

Even on a cold, raw, rainy day, when the Daily News visited the Hall of Science in January of 1967, Jo Martin found “goggle-eyed parents and children all thoroughly soaked but intently studying” the rockets outside.  Inside the Hall, “instant bedlam” was the scene.   Read…

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Thinker Behind the Museum

  (Francis Miller with a student visitor at the Hall of Science, circa 1967.) Francis Miller was the first Executive Director of the Hall of Science.  He oversaw operations in the Transportation area at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, which included the Hall of Science. He…

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The Weird-Looking Science Hall

  We can only guess what became of those transparencies. The Stars & Stripes feature was excerpted in an earlier post. Here are two of the photos that appeared in the article. The Great Hall has been called everything from futuristic to medieval.  To The…

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“More fun than hooky”

When the Hall of Science opened as a museum in September 1966, it was an instant attraction. In the first three weeks, 25,000 people visited. “Frankly the acceptance of the Hall has passed everyone’s wildest expectations,” Francis Miller, the Executive Director, was quoted in the World…

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Blast off through the ages on the Nuclear Time Transporter

The NYSCI Archive: Rediscovering 50 years of stories about a science museum and its City.  

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Hopes and Holdovers

The hurried renovations to the Hall of Science immediately following the World’s Fair notwithstanding, the New York Times was not wrong in 1966 to call it “not yet a true museum.” Rather than an intentionally curated exhibit presentation, the Hall of Science offered a collection of…

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SITU Studios time-lapse video of the Great Hall renovation

This fascinating “making of” video created by SITU Studio (architects for Design Lab), Surveying the Great Hall captures the impressive scaffolding used in the restoration of the “Cathedral of Science.” As their custom camera rig slowly lifts 70 feet from floor to ceiling, “the camera will be…

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The Post-Fair Park

This photo shows Flushing Meadow in 1967. The Hall of Science is in the foreground. The Heliport, now Terrace on the Park, is adjacent. The Queens Zoo has not yet been built. Across the Grand Central Parkway from the Hall of Science, the Federal Pavilion…

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The Existing Structure

The Master of Ceremonies at the September 1966 opening of the Hall of Science was John R. Dunning, president of the Hall’s Board of Trustees, and Dean of Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dunning had worked on the Manhattan Project and built Columbia’s…

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Museum of the Future

  The NYSCI Archive: Rediscovering 50 years of stories about a science museum and its City.

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This Atomic World

This Atomic World was a lecture and demonstration exhibit produced by the Atomic Energy Commission. From the late 1940s all the way through the 1970s, This Atomic World mobile units visited schools, universities and museums across the US.  This photo is from a visit to…

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“Here we shall teach the smallest child to enjoy the toys of science…”

Celebrating 50 years since the Hall of Science opened at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, we have launched the NYSCI Archive. We’ll share a half century of memories: how the Hall of Science came to be and became what it is today. We’ll see how the…

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