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Tall tales in NYC

An artist’s rendering of the One World Observatory, which is due to open in 2015.


NEW York’s Port Authority, which will open the tallest building in the Western hemisphere in 2015 on the former site of the fallen World Trade Center, has revealed details of plans for the skyscraper’s observation deck.

The One World Trade Center, formerly known as The Freedom Tower, will eventually reach 1,776 feet, making it the world’s third tallest structure.

Its One World Observatory will occupy all of the 100th floor and the two above it, 1,250 feet above the streets of Lower Manhatten. It will include a welcome centre, interactive viewing stations, restaurants and shops.

The observatory will feature a pre-show film called ‘See Forever’ where guests will learn about the history of the building, and dramatic viewing galleries offering panoramas of the entire New York City region.

Group rates for the observatory have yet to be announced.

For further information telephone 00 1 602 254 6500


News in brief

Art museum expansion

LOCATED on the San Francisco waterfront, the Explorium science museum has re-opened in a new £197 million building at the Embarcadero on Pier 15.

With triple the floor space of its former home at the Palace of Fine Arts, the museum will now have room to exhibit over 500 interactive exhibits. Other features at the new site will include an all-glass building called The Bay Observatory, and The Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery, which will include a terrace looking over the city. Explorium offers special rates and customised packages for groups, and will also start running special field trips from October – GTOs can start making reservations now.

For further information telephone 00 1 415 528 4646


Tanks for the memories

FORT Benning, Georgia is to become the home of a new state-of-the-art facility showing the history of armored vehicle development through the ages.

The National Armor and Cavalry Museum will complement Fort Benning’s existing National Infantry Museum, and house the largest collection of armor and calvary objects in the country.

Much of the collection will comprise of artefacts that used to be on show at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor in Kentucky, and items on display will include tanks and personnel carriers, helicopters and specialist equipment.

No opening date has yet been set for the museum, but once open it will be free to enter.

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