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“New York Panorama”
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6-Hour Brooklyn Queens Bronx Tour with Driver-Guide
Ranked #6 of 31 things to do in Flushing
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Owner description: Housed in the historic New York City Building, this museum features modern and contemporary works designed to enrich peoples' appreciation and enjoyment of the fine arts through changing exhibitions, films, family workshops, lectures and performances.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“New York Panorama”
Reviewed January 4, 2012

Amazing panorama of New York inside (you have to see it to believe it) and you get to see the Unisphere outside as well!

Visited December 2011
Thank Andrew T
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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“Really interesting and so cheap”
Reviewed December 16, 2011

Cost 5 bucks to get in. Photos of decaying Detroit were very interesting. There was also live music which was super in the museum environment. Lot of information on the two world fairs of new York which was very interesting. Also great setting as the park outside was also very nice. Did me for two hours happily.

Thank jdtootell
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Astoria, New York
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

The city panorama is worth the trip out to Flushing!

Visited October 2011
Thank Phebe T
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Sterling, VA
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“The Upside and the Downside”
Reviewed October 26, 2011

First, I'll point out the advantages of this museum --- The entry fee is not only inexpensive as far as NYC museums go but is also a "suggested" price. The museum isn't very big thus it is easy to visit it without feeling overwhelmed. The Panorama is a must-see exhibit---just keep in mind that you are looking at NYC as it appeared in 1992 (the last time the exhibit was updated). The artifacts of past world fairs on the top floor is very interesting---be sure that you don't miss it.

Now, the disadvantages of this museum --- It's a long walk from the subway and signage in the park isn't the clearest. One often thinks of visiting a museum on a rainy day but this isn't the one to visit in inclement weather due to the location. The museum has a snack bar but it wasn't opened the day we went there---and we don't know why. How nice it would have been to be able to sit down and have a cold beverage after a long walk! The bathrooms weren't very clean and smelled bad. The gift shop had very little for sale. Most of their items were overpriced for what they were---ordinary items that could be found in most souvenir stores. There were very few items that would be considered unique to this museum.

All that said, the most annoying thing when we visited was this --- While trying to look at the world fair artifacts, the museum was simultaneously installing a new exhibit. An employee had to ask me to move just so a forklift could get by! I have never visited a museum that operated in that fashion. Other museums, when installing a new exhibit, will close off that area so that patrons aren't put in harms way. To do an installation while patrons are there is unacceptable.

Still---it is worth a visit, if only to see the panorama. Just be sure to bring a cold drink with you since the snack bar may or may not be open.

Visited October 2011
Thank SueFee
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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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“If the Panorama were in Manhattan, the line would be stretching out the door”
Reviewed June 23, 2011

I had read various articles about the 1964 Worlds' Fair Panorama at the Queens Museum and had been meaning to get over there. We finally trekked over there this weekend and were blown away by the Panorama. It is awesome in the sense of "literally inspiring awe". The pictures I had seen did not do it justice. To have every building in all five boroughs represented in one place was impressive. Even my 6 year loved it.
Unfortunately, it is a bit difficult to get there. Even with my GPS, we ended up driving around the park for twenty minutes. We will probably never go back.

Visited June 2011
Thank SarahDV
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