NYC museum celebrates navy yard's history

November 10, 2011 5:22:33 AM PST
A new $25.6 million museum that explores the Brooklyn Navy Yard's rich shipbuilding history is opening in New York City on Veterans Day.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 is housed in a restored 1857 house of the yard's former Marine commandant.

Many famous warships were built or launched at the yard between the Civil War and the end of World War II. They include the USS Missouri, on which the treaty ending World War II was signed.

Museumgoers also can take a guided tour of the 300-acre site. It includes a pre-Civil War dry dock and a naval hospital that stands frozen in time.

The tour also passes by Steiner Studios. It's the largest film and television complex outside Hollywood.

The yard was decommissioned in 1966. Today, it's a bustling industrial park.