Behind the Scenes Tour

Explorers Club Special Access Tour

Access the Explorers Club in Manhattan

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Tour Length

1 hour

Explorers Club Clark RoomLobby of Explorer's ClubPresident's Summit

Access The Explorers Club, founded as an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration, and to the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. In the century since, The Explorers Club has played a significant role as the premier meeting place for explorers and scientists worldwide who have pushed the limits of discovery and human endurance. Club Headquarters resides at the landmark Lowell Thomas Building in Manhattan. The Explorers Club Research Collections contain approximately 14,000 volumes (1400 of which comprise the Rare Book Collection), 550 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 1,000 artifacts, 3,500 maps, and 500 films and videos housed throughout Club Headquarters.

Members of The Explorers Club are dedicated to our mission, which, at its most basic level, is to explore land, sea, air, and space. Modern explorers are now studying in detail what the pioneers revealed in outline. Robert Peary, the Club’s third President, and Matthew Henson “discovered” the North Pole in 1909. The discovery of the South Pole by Member Roald Amundsen followed soon after in 1911. Club Members Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to summit Mt. Everest in 1953, and Mariana Trench, the lowest point on Earth, was attained by our Honorary President Don Walsh and Club Fellow Jacques Piccard in 1960. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins reached the moon in 1969 carrying The Explorers Club Flag.

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  • Explore one of Manhattan's most exclusive Club
  • Discover the fascinating history and mission of the club
  • Learn more about its famous members like Sir Edmund Hillary, Neil Amstrong or Buzz Aldrin to name a few

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Know Before You Go

Where To Meet
The group meets inside the Explorers Club located at 46 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021

How To Get There
By Subway: 6 train to 68th St Station

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a strenuous tour? How much walking do we do?

This tour is easy and most people can participate. The Club is only partially ADA Accessible, there is an elevator but some parts of the building are only accessible via stairs.

Is there an age limit or recommendation?

There is no age limitation, everyone is welcome on this tour

Who will be our tour guide?

A docent from the Explorers Club will lead your tour

Will this tour go in places usually not open to the public?

The Explorers Club is a members-only club which is not open to the public. The Club is however opening its doors to Untapped New York for this special access tour

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