The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, NY

Pier 86New York, NY 10036
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Overview

Climb aboard the iconic Intrepid aircraft carrier and learn all about the history of sea, air, and space ventures. View historic artifacts, interact with engaging exhibits, watch intriguing videos, and marvel at the numerous exhibits. While at the museum, guests can explore Aircraft Carrier Intrepid, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, Submarine Growler, and British Airways Concorde.

Description

from The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The year 2018 marks the Intrepid’s 75 years of history and service!

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets, and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.

The Intrepid Museum was founded in 1982 with the acquisition of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, now a National Historic Landmark, which served tours of duty in World War II and the Vietnam War, and was a recovery vessel for the Gemini and Mercury space missions.

Permanent exhibits include:
Aircraft Carrier Intrepid
Launched in 1943, the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The ship later served in the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Intrepid also served as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960s. It was decommissioned in 1974, and today is berthed on the Hudson River as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Space Shuttle Pavilion
The Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program. Seventeen dynamic exhibit zones feature original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films that immerse visitors in the science and history of Enterprise and the space shuttle era.

Submarine Growler
The former USS Growler first opened at the Intrepid Museum in 1989 and is the only American guided missile submarine open to the public. Growler offers museum visitors a firsthand look at life aboard a submarine and a close-up inspection of the once "top-secret" missile command center. Access is available to the various compartments as they were used during operations.

British Airways Concorde
The fastest Atlantic crossing by any Concorde occurred on February 7, 1996, and took only 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. This record-breaking plane — the Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD — is yours to explore at Intrepid Museum complex on Pier 86.

AVIATOR GRILL is open to the general public and Museum visitors for breakfast and Lunch. It offers a full, chef-prepared menu of hearty fare, including burgers, fresh bread, custom pizzas and more. This family-friendly restaurant is located on the second level of the Museum’s Welcome Center, overlooking the pier.

Please note you will need to PRINT YOUR VOUCHER and bring the hard copy to the Will Call Desk at the box office in exchange for a ticket. Please note the last admission to the submarine Growler is one hour before the Museum closes.

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LourensSteyl
"Great visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
Great place to spend some time and read or listen to the history of the war. Would recommend to spend 2 hours there.
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B1GJ0E
Yarm, United Kingdom
"Proud to have served!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
I visited the USS Intrepid and the USS Growler see photos next to it. I’m British and former ex military and wanted to visit this site. Firstly it was great lots of aircraft and areas on the carrier and submarine to see and plenty of great exhibits. I noted lots of Americans with their children and grand children.The guides are all ex servicemen who have walked the walk and proud of it. One guide approached me and held out his hand and said “ Sir thank you for your service”. He had recognised my veterans badge. My wife started crying to be honest it was emotional but the whole exhibit fills you with a sense of duty and pride like nowhere else I have ever been. It’s a great site telling the story of men and women who served and continue to serve. It took 3 hours to get around and the gift shop is great. We bought the grandkids some astronaut space food which was a novelty for them.
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mueljd
Wildwood, Missouri
"Really cool!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
Enjoyed this museum tremendously! It wasn’t too big and you could go through in about 2 hours. Very fun for families and kids of all ages! Also a good deal if you are a senior!
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drpunja
Melbourne, Australia
"Very informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
While this wasn't of interest to me I tagged along as my son and hubby are big fans of submarines/planes. I was pretty surprised that I actually enjoyed the place. The walk through the submarine and learning the history of the fighter planes was fun. An excellent way to spend a few hours especially if you have kids.
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Mark G
Dieppe, Canada
"big ship"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
first time for us to set foot on an aircraft carrier. has lots of vintage planes, and very easy to walk through. was nice that some of the interpreters were former crew members. got to visit a submarine on site too. can spend half a day there. it's about a 20 minute walk from times square, ok when it's not 40c, or 98F. There is a bus that runs by from 50th street, can catch it from the ship or 50th street.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Can I take photos or film while at the museum?
Personal cameras and video are allowed, however, selfie-sticks (or any other camera-extension devices) and professional equipment including the use of tripods are not.

How much time will it take me to view all of the exhibits in the Museum?
For the full Intrepid experience, expect to spend 2-3 hours at the museum.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Since the Intrepid is a National Historic Landmark, most, although not all, of the museum is accessible by wheelchair. Areas not accessible by wheelchair include the Fo’c’s’le, Combat Information Center, Growler submarine, and Concorde. All restrooms and dining areas are accessible, as well the flight deck, hangar deck, and mess deck.

Are there shopping and dining areas at the museum?
Yes. A retail shop is available in the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Food trucks are available on the pier and vending machines are both on the pier and the flight deck.