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

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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.

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

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dwarfie
Somerset
"Interesting for all ages"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2017 NEW
This is ideal for the young and the old. It is easy to get about and there is an audio tour if you wish. There is a bit of a queue/wait for the submarine but apart from that all good. The cafe is good, service a bit slow but again ok
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dgseyfarth
Madison, Wisconsin
"Intrepid: The Carrier that Made History in Three Conflicts"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2017 NEW
Our visit to the Intrepid was awesome. We were fortunate enough to have a knowledgable guide who had served on the Intrepid in Viet Nam. The aircraft display was thorough and well planned. We saw over thirty planes from the history of the intrepid; wonderful!
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carmened
Vero Beach, FL
"Good time for all"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2017 NEW
This museum was entertaining, but the highlight really was the submarine that was part of the display. Going into the hull of the decommissioned sub gives one an idea of what life was like for the submariner. Additionally, there was a retired seaman aboard the sub that gave my kids and me a oral history of what life was like on a submarine! He was informative, engaging, and really made the trip to the museum!The aircraft carrier was very interesting, but would have been more so if it still had the hangar decks filled with planes, and top deck configured as it was when in service. Worth the price of admission.
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Kelvin W
"Intrepid - good but expensive for what it is"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2017 NEW
The museum is an interesting experience. It’s fun for kids to explore the ship, despite the ‘Do not touch’ signs everywhere! The highlight is the space shuttle Enterprise. However, for the basic entrance fee of $33, it’s overpriced. It would be nice to be able to see inside the shuttle. The exterior part of the shuttle exhibition gives some interesting facts on the program, but nothing one can’t read online. It’s more geared towards kids. They need much more memorabilia from the shuttle era, and more interactive features. The basic $33 entrance fee should be reduced. If they can charge $19 for a NY resident, then they should charge the same for a tourist, who is bringing $ into the city. Not recommended.
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Wayne B
Perth, Australia
"A lot of history "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2017 NEW
Entry fee is $33 , not bad value if you consider you see a WWII aircraft carrier , a Space orbiter ( Enterprise is not a space shuttle ..it never went into sap ave ) an interesting Cold War submarine and a very interesting aircraft collection. Make sure you tour the tower , go to the bridge and listen to the old sailors and airmen tell you something about the ship. Stand in the map room of the admirals ship at the battle of Leyte Gulf ( arguably the greatest naval battle in history ..and certainly the last great naval battle ). Interesting seeing Polish MIGs , painted in Vietnamese colours covered in snow !!
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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.