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Come to the Fair! Stop by the Information Booth to see the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair at a glance.

Buy your tickets. Pick up your Official Guidebook. Get your bearings and start your visit to the Fair!


Admission Tickets
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Schedules

The Fair Seasons

April 22 - October 18, 1964
April 21 - October 17, 1965

Site

Location

The fairgrounds occupied Flushing Meadow Park -- 646 acres in the New York City borough of Queens on Long Island in Flushing, N.Y. (map it at Yahoo!) The site was originally constructed to host the World's Fair in 1939/1940.

Boroughs Map

Layout of the Fair 

Fair Map

The site was divided into five areas: Industrial Area (orange), International Area (pink), State & Federal Area (yellow), Transportation Area (red) and Amusement Area (blue). Exhibitors were, for the most part, classed by area and exhibited within that area (ie: DuPont in the Industrial Area, Avis in the Transportation Area, India in the International Area etc.)

Theme

Official

"Peace through Understanding"

Unofficial

"Man's Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe"

Unofficial

"Olympics of Progress"

Symbol

"Unisphere" A 12-story high, stainless steel model of the earth with three "orbital rings" representing satellite tracks encircling it. Presented to the Fair as a permanent gift by United States Steel.

Unisphere

Status

An "unofficial" World's Fair not sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions.

Logos

 Black & White Logo  Color Logo

Unofficial Mascots

Peter and Wendy - The World's Fair Twins!

World's Fair Twins

Attendance

Anticipated Total

70,000,000

1964 Season

27,148,280

1965 Season

24,518,020
   

Actual Total

51,666,300

Crowds on Closing Day

 Crowds throng the grounds on Closing Day October 17, 1965

Photos Source: "The Mighty Fair" program catalogue of the 1985 New York World's Fair Retrospecive FLUSHING GALLERY
Photos Source: "Interim Report" New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation
Tckets Source: Presented courtesy Ken Thalheimer Collection
Maps Source: Presented courtesy Bradd Schiffman Collection

Peace through Understanding

With Peace Through Understanding as its theme, the New York World's Fair will open its doors on April 22, 1964. Here the arts and ideas, products and progress of the nations and peoples of the world will be gathered in a memorable assembly of friendship, humanity and hope.
Shaw's interpretation of the Fair

Artist W. D. Shaw's interpretation of the Fair showing some of the pavilions in the central exhibition area.

SOURCE: Pre-Fair publicity pamphlet

Come to the Fair and see the world!

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Under the symbol of the Unisphere, exhibits from all parts of the world will be gathered for your delight! You'll visit gleaming pavilions . . . wander through exotic temples and serene gardens . . . tour towering fantasies of glass and steel. You'll stroll picturesque promenades . . . view colorful fountains . . . sample foods from every corner of the globe. You'll wonder at predictions of things to come . . . gaze at re-creations of things past. You'll see water shows . . . theater productions . . . circuses . . . sports events . . . fireworks . . . symphonies and brass bands. In this Olympics of Progress you will truly see the best from all the world. 
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