Museums To Visit Memorial Day Weekend


By Kimberly Dijkstra and Colleen Maidhof

These museums honor military service, inspire the next generation and are great places to visit on Memorial Day and year round:
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86 W 46th St. and 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10036

Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit the legendary Intrepid aircraft carrier for an interactive and educational journey for all ages. The museum’s mission is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.

American Airpower Museum
1230 New Hwy.
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Open Thursday through Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This museum sits at Republic Airport, the site where more than 9,000 P-47 Thunderbolts were produced. See history come alive as you watch vintage aircrafts in their natural environment—the air. The museum’s mission is to preserve the legacy of all Americans who have sacrificed themselves to defend our liberties and to educate a new generation about the courage, valor and heroism of our nation’s soldiers.
Visit May 23 to 24 for Legends of Airpower weekend and a tour or even ride in one of several historic bombers or fighter planes. To book a flight experience, call 917-690-1965 or email

Colorguard bagpipers at the Museum of American Armor
Colorguard bagpipers at the Museum of American Armor

Museum of American Armor
1303 Round Swamp Rd.
Old Bethpage, NY 11804

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located on the grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the museum tells the story of American courage, valor and sacrifice. Lawrence Kadish, chairman and founder, stated on the website, “Seeing these vehicles cross an open field as [our] vintage fighters fly overhead recreates a moment in time that allows us to begin to appreciate what was required by our grandfathers to defeat an evil that even today we cannot fully comprehend. Our goal is to bring the sights and sounds of American history to a new generation and thereby pay tribute to those who defended our freedoms.”
On Memorial Day weekend, armor from the museum will patrol the flightline of the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport as they welcome WWII warbirds participating in the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show at Jones Beach, May 23 and 24.

Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving Long Island’s rich aerospace heritage. Long Island was home of some of the largest and most important military flying fields in America during World War I. During World War II, residents provided the manpower necessary for massive production of military aircraft. Exhibits on permanent display tell the story of Long Island’s role in both wars and help us remember those who built and flew these planes in service of our country.
The museum will be represented at the air show at Jones Beach, May 23 and 24 with a small display.

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Kimberly Dijkstra
Kimberly Dijkstra is the web editor for Anton Media Group, a writer for Long Island Weekly and recipient of several Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) and New York Press Association (NYPA) awards.

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