Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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National Lighthouse Museum 
200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point
Staten Island, NY 10301

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National Lighthouse Museum 

SS United States Exhibition Opens June 14, 2018 

SS United States Exhibition Opening Night Festivities June 14, 2018

The National Lighthouse Museum proudly presents, in partnership with the New York Chapter of the SS United States Conservancy, "Full Speed Ahead to the Fabulous! SS United States." This exhibit, on display at the National Lighthouse Museum June 14th- August 3rd, celebrates the extraordinary career of the luxury liner known as "America's Flagship."

Poster by New York Chapter co-chair Paul Stipkovich.

Don't miss the exhibition's grand opening! The event will kick off on Thursday, June 14th at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a screening of the recently discovered short film "Colossus on the River" (1965; Runtime approx. 15 min). 

Admission $10 (all proceeds go to support the National Lighthouse Museum and the SS United States Conservancy)

This show will trace the life of the ship, from young speed queen and popular cover girl to aging star of yesteryear and nearly forgotten "has-been," and finally — with your help — to one of the great comeback stories in U.S. history.


Upon its completion in 1952, the SS United States immediately won the Blue Riband for setting a new Transatlantic speed record–a record that remains unbeaten. The Blue Riband is an unofficial accolade given to the passenger liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean in regular service with the record highest speed. In her heyday, the ship welcomed celebrities from the golden age of Hollywood, such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Mahalia Jackson, Salvador Dalí, Grace Kelly, and Joan Crawford. During the 1964 New York World’s Fair, she was touted as the fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Europe.

With the advent of jet technology, however, overseas travel began to look less exciting and became less profitable. In 1969, the SS United States was abruptly withdrawn from service while docked in Newport News, Virginia for annual maintenance. She was moved to South Philadelphia in 1996, where she remains today.

The SS United States Conservancy purchased the ship outright in February 2011, and today works to secure a bright future for the fastest, finest, and largest ocean liner ever to be built in the United States.