Brooklyn Navy Yard: World War II Tour
Presented in partnership with the
- Monthly on select Sundays at 2pm
- 2-hour tour by bus with frequent stops to get off and explore
- 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
The Brooklyn Navy Yard played a pivotal role in World War II, building battleships and aircraft carriers, repairing over 5,000 ships, and sending troops and supplies to fronts across the globe. Not only did the Yard construct the USS Arizona a generation before the war, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but it is also where the battleship Missouri was constructed, where the peace treaty ending the war was signed in 1945. 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 World War II, 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, we listen to clips of oral histories recorded with sailors and shipworkers 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. While we use a bus to get you from place to place, we provide opportunities for everyone to get off the bus at several stops for a closer look at historically significant sites.
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General Admission: $30 per person
Seniors (65+): $27 per person (10% off)
Children (5-11): $15 per person
Children under 5 are welcome to attend free
Advance ticket purchase is required.
Discounts for veterans: World War II veterans and World War II-era defense workers receive free admission for this tour. Other veterans and and active-duty military personnel receive a 25% discount – just select these ticket types when making your reservation.
We ask tour participants to please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start so that we can begin on time.
All public tours begin and end at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, located at the corner of Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Click the map on the right for Google Maps directions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or view our neighborhood map.
- Subway: The nearest subway stations to BLDG 92 are at York St (F), High St-Brooklyn Bridge (A,C), and Clinton-Washington Av (G), and each is about a 15-minute walk from BLDG 92. View our map for walking directions from each of these stations, and visit mta.info for maps and service alerts.
- Bus: The B57 and B69 (weekends only) travel along Flushing Ave and stop one block from BLDG 92. You may also take the B62, which stops on Park Ave, one block south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. If traveling by bus, be sure to allow plenty of extra time for your trip, as weekend schedules can be unreliable (visit mta.info for maps and service alerts).
- Driving: The Brooklyn Navy Yard is easily accessible from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278), either via the exits for Tillary St (exit 29B), Flushing Ave (exit 30 eastbound), or Wythe Ave/Kent Ave (exit 31 westbound).
- Parking: On the weekends, it is usually not difficult to find street parking in the immediate vicinity of the Yard. There is also a free public parking lot one block south of the yard on Park Ave, underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Parking within the gates of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is only available for drivers with an accessible parking sticker – please contact us for directions to the accessible parking.
- Bicycle: There is a bicycle lane along Flushing Ave, and BLDG 92 offers plenty of racks to park your bike. If you would like to use a Citi Bike, there is a station immediately across the street on Flushing Ave, and stations in close proximity to the York St, High St-Brooklyn Bridge, and Clinton-Washington subway stations.
- Ferry: East River Ferry operates stops at Brooklyn Bridge Park-DUMBO and Schaefer Landing-South Williamsburg, and each stop is a 30-minute walk (1.5 miles) from BLDG 92. Ferry rides are $4 on weekdays and $6 on weekends. View our map for walking directions.
* If using a GPS or mobile app to reach BLDG 92, enter “Flushing Ave & Carlton Ave, Brooklyn” or “1 Carlton Ave.” Do not enter “63 Flushing Ave” or “Brooklyn Navy Yard” – this is the address for the entire 300-acre Navy Yard, and it will not bring you to the correct location.
* The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a secure industrial park. Do not attempt to enter the Yard through any entrances other than BLDG 92, as you will be turned away.
The World War II Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is offered at least one Sunday per month and on select holiday weekends. Use the calendar below to find our next available tour date.
The bus provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard for all public tours includes accommodations for one visitor who uses a wheelchair, including a mechanical lift and a location where the wheelchair can be fastened to the floor of the vehicle. For a visitor who uses a wheelchair and is bringing guests, general passenger seating is available next to and in front of this location on the bus.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, where the tour begins and ends, includes three floors of exhibits that are accessible via elevator for people who use wheelchairs and/or who use mobility devices such as canes or walkers. We regularly host visitors who have mobility impairments on our public bus tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. To ensure a welcoming experience, our guides bring a step to make it easier for visitors to step up into the bus and visitors with walkers may also use the mechanical lift to enter the bus if that is their preference.
Regular and ongoing trainings are provided to bus drivers and tour guides to ensure a welcoming experience. To ensure that this wheelchair-accessible spot is available on your desired date and time for taking the tour, please contact us.
Assistive listening devices – With at least 24 hours advance notice, portable FM assistive listening devices with headsets or neck loops can be made available for all public and private tours. Please note in your reservation or contact us at least 24 hours prior to your tour if you or a guest in your party would like to use a receiver. We cannot guarantee that assistive listening devices will be available if the request is made within 24 hours of the tour start time.
Verbal description and large print materials – All of our tours are designed to be multi-sensory. We also have staff members who are experienced in verbal description and have led tour programming for visitors who are blind or have low vision. We can also make available all of our materials in large print upon request. Please notify us in advance either when making your reservation or by contacting us if you would like your public or private tour to be staffed accordingly so that we can ensure a fully-inclusive experience.
American Sign Language interpretation – We seek to offer accessible experiences for all visitors. As such, with at least two weeks advance notice, we will seek to provide American Sign Language interpretation free of charge for visitors who are deaf for all of our tours. To place a request, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call +1(347)903-8687.
For people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities – We celebrate diversity in learning styles and abilities. With advance notice for public or private tours, we have the capability to provide accessible and inclusive programming for people with development and/or intellectual disabilities and their family members and friends. For example, with advance notice, we can provide a sensory-friendly experience for private groups of visitors with autism that includes visual supports and non-verbal tools before and during the visit (social narrative, visual schedules, etc), fidgets, as well as multi-sensory and kinesthetic approaches. With advance notice for public tours, Turnstile Tours can provide these accommodations and can also assign a staff member who has extensive experience leading programs for people with and without intellectual and development disabilities. Please contact email@example.com or text or call +1(347)903-8687 for more information.
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