The Bottom Line: New York Hall of Science:
Pros - Cool interactive science exhibits, the rockets
Cons - Hard to reach by public transportation, $$ to park
Exhibits and Admission:
Cost is $11 for adults, $8 for children, students, and senior citizens. Check the museum's website for open hours and updated information.
Getting There - Address, Subway, Bus, and Train:
Subway - Take the 7 subway to 111th Street. Walk three blocks south from Roosevelt Avenue.
Bus - The Q23 and Q58 stop at Corona Avenue and 108th Street. The Q48 stops at 111th Steet and Roosevelt Avenue.
Long Island Railroad - The LIRR stops at Flushing Meadows / Citi Field, but check the LIRR schedule for accurate train information. It's a 20 minute walk through Flushing Meadows Park from the LIRR to the museum.
Driving Directions and Parking for the New York Hall of Science:
Long Island Expressway Eastbound: Take the exit for 108th Street. Left on 108th Street, and then right on 52nd Avenue. Then turn left on 111th Street, and right on 49th Avenue into the museum's entrance drive.
Parking: You can pary to park at the museum. Or look for street parking nearby. You might get lucky with street parking, but be sure to bring quarters for the meter.
The Rockets at the New York Hall of Science:
One is a Titan 2 and the other an Atlas. They are both roughly 100 feet high. They were first installed at the Hall of Science for the 1964 World's Fair, where they were a prime attraction. The rockets remained at the museum's grounds until 2001 when they were refurbished. They had deteriorated over time, and the Atlas even had become infested with termites. After extensive repairs and painting, the two rockets returned in to Corona in 2003.
World's Fair and the Museum's Beginnings:
The museum closed its doors in 1979 for a major renovation, and opened again in 1986. Since then the popularity and success of the Hall has continued with further expansions and renovations.