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Stained Glass feature on the Great Hall, 1965

Last weekend, a few hundred people had a look behind the curtain on the nearly-finished restoration of the Great Hall.  (The scaffolds are down!) There was much discussion about the dalle de verre panels and the care that has gone into their repair. In spring…

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Make It: Wood Block World’s Fair

Visitors celebrate the 50th anniversary of NYSCI and the 1964 World’s Fair by rebuilding and reimagining the World’s Fair. Using wood blocks and hot glue, participants will recreate the fantastical architecture of the World’s Fair and envision new structures for our future.

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Open House New York

Join us for a weekend celebrating the buildings and architecture that started it all at the 1964-65 World’s Fair. As part of the 12th Annual Open House New York weekend, organized by Open House New York, we will bring the architects and designers responsible for reimagining and renovating some of the most historic and significant spaces of the museum. Free.

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World Maker Faire 2013

Open House New York

Join us for a weekend celebrating the buildings and architecture that started it all at the 1964-65 World’s Fair. As part of the 12th Annual Open House New York weekend, organized by Open House New York, we will bring the architects and designers responsible for reimagining and renovating some of the most historic and significant spaces of the museum. Free.

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Make It: Wood Block World’s Fair

Visitors celebrate the 50th anniversary of NYSCI and the 1964 World’s Fair by rebuilding and reimagining the World’s Fair. Using wood blocks and hot glue, participants will recreate the fantastical architecture of the World’s Fair and envision new structures for our future.

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Project! World’s Fair

We invite you to leave the kids behind and come out for a night illuminated by images of the past, present and future, inspired by the Fair, and experience the NYSCI of today against a backdrop of rockets and large-scale artist projections and installations on, in and around NYSCI’s building and exhibits.

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World’s Fair Exhibits in the Hall of Science

More on the occasion of our 50th Birthday. Yesterday, we looked at Wallace Harrison’s iconic Great Hall. Today, let’s look downstairs at what is today known as our Central Pavilion. The galleries were put beneath the main structure due to the soil conditions at the…

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Science at the Fairs

The role and use of science in the 1939/40 and the 1964/65 World’s Fairs were emblematic of their respective historical contexts. The representation of science at both Fairs was varied – both presented it simultaneously as rational, magical and beneficial. See photos and images of…

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50 Years of Exploration and Innovation

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at NYSCI with hands-on activities, guest partner groups, and documentaries. Free with NYSCI admission.

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Science Hall Wants Visitors

    Read more history of the Hall of Science in the NYSCI Archives.

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Space: 50 Years of Exploration and Innovation

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at NYSCI with hands-on activities, guest partner groups, and documentaries. Free with NYSCI admission.

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June 14: Land: Innovation and Exploration

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at NYSCI with hands-on activities, guest partner groups, and documentaries. Free with NYSCI admission.

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Installing Rendezvous in Space

As millions of people visited the first season of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the Hall of Science was being erected before their eyes, looming behind the rockets in the Space Park.  Work began on the Hall in June of 1963, but the Hall would not…

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“I’m standing in Science Hall, earthbound.”

Among the World’s Fair anniversary media posted this week is this archival clip courtesy of CBS.     More here.   See all the posts in the NYSCI Archive.

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More Photos of the Space Park and the Hall of Science construction underway

As shown in this previous post, the World’s Fair opened with the Hall of Science still under construction. But the Space Park was on full display. Here are a few more photos of the Hall of Science in progress.            …

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Happy 50th Anniversary, 1964-65 World’s Fair

The 1964-65 World’s Fair opened 50 years ago today.  But the Hall of Science did not. The Hall of Science was not in the original plan for the World’s Fair. It’s inclusion at the Fair came after a prolonged political struggle between a group of…

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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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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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Chronoleap is now ready to download!

Remember when NYSCI had a bunch of extinct technologies out for hands-on display during our Summer Chronoleap: technolution event? Now the beta version of Chronoleap is ready to download along with a stack of free games that will transport you into a virtual version of the 1964/65…

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ChronoLeap: Technolution

Play with the “must have” electronics from the 1960s to today. Items will include the IBM Selectric typewriter, Pong, Motorola DynaTAC ‘brick’ cellular phone, and many more. Learn about the devices and the scientific principles behind them. Free with NYSCI admission.

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