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

Pier 86New York, NY 10036
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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.


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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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
"Worth a Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2018 NEW
Go inside a WWII submarine, walk the decks of the aircraft carrier Intrepid, see the Space shuttle Endeavor and get up close to tons of fighter aircraft. You can easily spend 3-4 hrs here. Definitely worth seeing if you have children with you. The sub has the longest wait. I would see that first before crowds build.
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Parma, Ohio
"History come alive"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2018 NEW
A must visit. We took the extra WW II guided tour. Ron, our very capable tour guide, had us back to 1944 and the Battle of Layte Gulf. Well worth the extra time to appreciate the sacrifices many made and the unknown history. You will walk away more informed and appreciative. We didn't even visit the shuttle or other exhibits, but encourage you to do so. My 2nd cousin was a SB2C pilot in '44, aboard the fighting I. He was lost in an air battle. So this ship is personal to me, maybe to you also. Parking is close by.
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"Enjoyable visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2018 NEW
We were knackered from miles of walking so probably did not make the most if it. Bit annoying having to wait ages to get into the submarine but worth it when we did. The planes on the deck are cool. Disappointing the shuttle was shut on our visit.
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Loveland, Colorado
"Great History, but tour limited."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
It is always a special treat to walk through such a big part of Naval history. I especially the space race history that the Intrpid was responsible for as the primary astronaut recovery vessel for the Mercury and Gemini missions. Space shuttle pavilion was closed the day we toured which wD disappointing. I wish we could have toured more of the ship as I have experienced with another of the museum carriers. Very much appreciate the veterans and volunteer docents that bring the exhibit to life. The most interesting exhibit was the USS Growler, one of the first nuclear cruise missile submarines!
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John L
"A great tour with Histroy."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
This tour includes a tour of the only US submarine you can tour. The Space Shuttle in also included. Tour will take about 2-3 hours.
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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.