Tours for Academic & Professional Groups

In partnership with Turnstile Tours, we offer highly specialized tours that can be adapted to complement undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional development programs. Rates listed below include discounted rates for non-profit organizations and educational institutions for all group tours and programs offered by BLDG 92 and Turnstile Tours.

Please review group tour options below and complete the reservation inquiry form to let us know about your desired goals for visiting the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We will get back to you within two business days.  Please note that private group tours will only visit the Navy Hospital Campus site if the reservation is made 30 days or more in advance.

See below for program descriptions, rates, archival research support and testimonials

Tours & Programs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: 

The following tours can be offered as 1.5 or 2-hour experiences and can be adapted based on your desired goals for one or multiple visits. We also offer a 1-hour Highlights Tour.

Group Tour Rates:

Rates for a 2-Hour Yard Tour:

Rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from Turnstile Tours, a 32-passenger bus and driver provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, a tour that stops at 4-6 stops, and a map of the site.

  • Standard Rate: $30/person for a minimum of 15 people (or equivalent payment for fewer than 15) and a maximum capacity of 32 people
  • Non-profit/Educational Rate: $27/person for a minimum of 15 people (or equivalent) and maximum capacity of 32 people

Rates for a 1.5-Hour Yard Tour:

Rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from Turnstile Tours, a 32-passenger bus and driver provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, a tour that stops at 3-4 stops, and a map of the site.

  • Standard Rate: $24/person for a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 25 people
  • Non-profit/ Educational Rate: $21.50/person for a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 25 people

Rates for a 1-Hour Yard Tour:

Rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from Turnstile Tours, a 32-passenger bus and driver provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, a tour that stops at 2-3 stops, and a map of the site.

  • Standard Rate: $18/person for a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 25 people
  • Non-profit/ Educational Rate: $16/person for a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 25 people

Rates for 1-Hour Exhibit Tour at BLDG 92:

Rates below include a knowledgeable and engaging guide from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and an exhibit pamphlet.

  • Standard Rate for all groups: $5/person for a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 50 people.

Transportation requirements for all Yard-based tours:

As the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a vast and active industrial site, transportation by bus or bicycle is required for all tours of the Yard.  Participants will disembark the bus for a closer look at 4-6 stops on two-hour Yard tours, 3-4 stops on 1.5-hour Yard tours, and 2-3 stops on one-hour Yard tours. Transportation by bus or bicycle is required to move groups from place to place across the 300-acre (~126 hectares) site.  
 
Participants will be escorted on Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s 32-passenger bus for private group tours, Saturday-Tuesday, subject to availability. For groups of 33 to 57 people, Turnstile Tours charters private motorcoach buses.  Please note that pricing will differ based on group size and availability of chartered buses. All tours can be offerd by bicycle (Mar - Nov), but only on Saturdats and Sundays and group must provide their own bicycles and wear safety helmets in order to participate.
 

Archival Requests:

Additional archival resources may be available depending on your area of study and interest. The bulk of the BNYDC archival collections consist of architectural drawings created when the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a Federal facility and date between the 1910s and 1960s. It should be noted that in most cases the archives does not have complete sets of drawings for each building or necessarily drawings that cover the lifespan of each building. Currently the physical archives is not able to host external researchers in person, however we can provide digital copies of select drawings. In making your request, please be as specific as possible regarding what you need, as requests such as “all drawings for building X” cannot be accommodated. Due to the high volume of requests, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation cannot guarantee an immediate response.  While the primary mission of the archives is to support the day-to-day operations of BNYDC, archives staff endeavor to respond to all external inquiries within 10 business days.  If several groups or students in one course are working on a project related to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, consolidated requests will ensure a more timely response.

Participants 

Other undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and professionals that have participated in specialized tours and programs:

Parsons The New School for Design

Pennsylvania State University – School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

University of Pennsylvania Landscape Architecture Program

St. John’s University’s Discover New York Program

NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate

New York City College of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

Colgate University Department of History

CUNY School of Professional Studies Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies

 

Testimonies:

“Andrew at Turnstile Tours catered an amazing custom experience for my fellow classmates and I. We are all third-year M. Arch graduate students who were looking for some insider tips and unpublished intel on one of the many buildings in the Navy Yard in preparation for a studio project dealing with the building’s re-imagination and re-development. Andrew spent the full hour focused on the building in question, providing context but really diving deep into the specifics – which is just what we asked him to do. He was friendly and knowledgable and very willing to spend time answering our questions as they popped up. I would definitely recommend a custom tour with Turnstile like this for any academic group looking for more in-depth expert info about the Navy Yard.” – Whitney Shanks, Parsons New School for Design, September, 2014

“I will say this about our tour: it had a profound effect on our production. Our production of On the Town could have felt as fanciful and as fictional as a fairytale but it found its grounding and its urgency in the visceral connections to the reality of WWII during our tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We spoke about the tour and the exhibits in BLDG 92 all the time in rehearsal and I’m grateful that we were able to begin our work together on the show through this remarkable experience.”  - Virginia Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theatre, Connecticut College