The Queens Museum of Art, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has something for everyone. There are exhibits on the two New York Worlds Fairs (1939 and 1964-65) as well as an absolutely gigantic panorama of New York and all its five boroughs.
Built by Robert Moses in 1964 for the World's Fair and later updated, the panorama includes every single building ever constructed in the five boroughs up to 1992. That is a total of 895,000 structures! The panorama takes up an entire room and is incredibly detailed with every street, building, park, airport, etc. Visitors walk around an elevated walkway looking down on the panorama.
In addition, the Queens Museum of Art is currently running an exhibit on Tiffany glass, complete with wonderful windows, lampshades and glass pieces.
There is also an exhibition on the New York City water supply system, detailing where the water originates and how far it must travel to reach New York City. The exhibit includes a huge scale model of the New York City watershed. Originally built for the 1939 World's Fair, the model was deemed too large and was not shown at the Fair in its entirety. It has since been refurbished and is now on full display.
Right next to the museum is the amazing 12-story Unisphere, erected for the 1964-65 World's Fair. US Steel built the Unisphere as a symbol of world peace. It's 140 feet high and weighs 900,000 pounds!
Feeling hungry after your day at the museum? Queens is full of wonderful eats. Click HERE to read about some restaurants near the museum. In addition, you might want to check out Korea Town for some delicious barbecue.
Plan Your Day: The Queens Museum of Art is located at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York. The museum is open open Wednesday through Sunday 12pm-6pm. Suggested donations are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and children. Children 5 and under are free. Call the museum at (718) 592-9700 or visit their website HERE.