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Stonewall National Monument Announces Visitor Center

June 20, 2024

In a historic move, SNMVC will be the first LGBTQ+ visitor center within the National Parks Service.

The Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center (SNMVC) will officially open its doors on Friday, June 28 to mark the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

Pride Live, in partnership with the National Park Service, announced the grand opening today. It stands with the mission to “preserve, advance, and celebrate the legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion.”

At over 2,000-square feet, SNMVC will serve as an educational resource for tourists and NYC residents alike, who are unaware of the space’s history. The building, located at 51 Christopher Street, was a part of the iconic Stonewall Inn when the rebellion broke out on June 28, 1969 when police raided the bar. The space has gone through many transformations over the years, including splitting into two buildings to allow the reopening of the Stonewall Inn bar at 53 Christopher Street. But after six years of planning and two years of renovations, the center will return as a space to commemorate the rebellion.

“With the opening of the Visitor Center, we pay homage to the brave individuals behind the historic Stonewall Rebellion,” said Ann Marie Gothard, Pride Live Chair of the Board of Directors. “We hope it stands as an enduring and resilient symbol and serves as a beacon for generations to come, providing the unique opportunity to step foot on the site where history unfolded and where the fight for LGBTQIA+ equality was ignited.”

In a historic move, SNMVC will be the first LGBTQ+ visitor center within the National Parks Service. The Stonewall National Monument, which includes the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park, and the street where the rebellion occurred, became the first National Parks Service site dedicated to LGBTQ+ history in 2016, when it was designated by former President Obama.

As part of the partnership with the NPS, the visitor center will act as a home base for park rangers, who will be available to answer questions.

“NPS staff are dedicated to sharing the history of the Stonewall Uprising and the ongoing struggle for LGBTQIA+ equality,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.

Upon entering the center, visitors will be guided through a learning experience, complete with tours, a lecture series, exhibitions, and visual art displays. It will also include many authentic aspects of the original Stonewall Inn, including a section of the original brick wall that stood in 1969. An outline of the original bar is etched into the ground, inviting guest to picture the buildings setup in ’69 while they learn about the history and importance of the rebellion. At the back of the visitor center, where the dance floor once stood, is the theater, where the center plans to showcase a variety of queer films.

Today, the center announced a long list of founding partners that have assisted in bringing the space to life, including Google, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Adam Lambert, Amazon, Booking.com, Christina Aguilera, Comcast NBCUniversal, Donatella Versace, Elton John and David Furnish, Henry R. Muñoz III and Kaia Ferrari, Hudson Yards, JPMorgan Chase, Kors Le Pere Foundation, National Park Foundation, and Trans Tech Social.

Admission will be free, and visitors of all ages are welcome. You can make a reservation here.

To learn more about the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, please visit https://stonewallvisitorcenter.org/ and nps.gov/ston and follow their social media channels.
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