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Last week, Business Insider was invited to the launch of jet charter company Air Charter Service’s new prepaid “Lindbergh” card at the Explorers Club headquarters on the Upper East Side of New York.Boy, was it classy. The century-old townhouse, which the club purchased in 1965 for $650,000, was filled with an impressive collection of nature-related antiques and paintings. The dimly lit setting gave off a relaxing vibe, perfect for winding down after a long adventure.
The club, which is dedicated to the scientific exploration of earth, was incorporated in 1905 and now as 30 branches around the world. Famous members include Neil Armstrong, Roald Amundsen, and Sir Edmund Hilary.
There's a bar that's exclusively for the club's members. There are more than 3,000 of them worldwide.
The place feels like it's out of the movies. It's dimly lit, with dark wood walls, leather furniture, and nature-themed paintings and tchotchkes.
On the right is the lounge, used for drinks and entertaining guests prior to an event, among other things.
The rooms were all similarly decorated: blue carpets, wood, and marble abounded. A wooden canoe hung near the ceiling.
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