Guided tour

Brooklyn Navy Yard: World War II Tour

Brooklyn Navy Yard: World War II Tour

From US$ 30 per person

This tour aims to evoke a sense of what the Brooklyn Navy Yard was like during the WWII period for the people who proved critical in the war effort.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • See where the battleships Arizona and Missouri were launched
  • Listen to oral histories of the men and women who designed, built, and repaired more than 5,000 ships
  • Learn about connections between the Brooklyn Navy Yard and major events around the world during the war
Full description
As a major hub, the Brooklyn Navy Yard produced battleships and aircraft carriers, repairs for over 5,000 ships, and sent troops and supplies to fronts across the globe. Thanks to the efforts of its 70,000 workers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard became the world’s busiest shipyard, earning the nickname “The Can-Do Yard” for its ability to patch up wounded ships and put them back in action. This tour examines the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explores connections between the yard and famous battles of WWII, and visits sites of significance that remain from this era, including the former ship assembly shops and the historic Dry Dock 1. Throughout the tour, you’ll hear clips of oral histories from sailors and ship workers who were at the yard during the war, including from women working in industrial jobs, and from people of color, for whom the war presented both challenges and new opportunities. This tour aims to evoke a sense of what the yard was like during the war – a place of tremendous energy, innovation, and achievement, but tempered by terrible loss.
  • Knowledgeable and engaging tour guide
  • A 10% gratuity for your tour guide is not included but is culturally appropriate and appreciated if you enjoy your tour experience

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Meeting point

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, located at the intersection of Carlton Avenue and Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Tours in English only
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Product ID: 186195