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.

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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David B
"Amazing display of Airplanes on an Aircraft carrier"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
I was looking forward to visiting this Museum when I was in NY and I was not disappointed.There are so many airplanes and other artifacts from space travel on display that I suggest you allocate an entire day to visiting the museum .
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bodonnabobo
Frederick, Maryland
"Great Rainy Day Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
If you need a place to go in NYC that's kid/family-friendly, educational, and fun then check out the Intrepid Museum. Kids can play with the hands-on activities inside the ship, go on simulators, and even walk through a real submarine and airplane. Visiting the museum will guarantee that your family will be educated on life in the Navy; as well as, work out those glutes as you climb stair after stair. Bring your comfy walking shoes and your camera. This museum is sure not to disappoint.
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Kristy C
"Wonderful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
Loved our visit. Great to visit the bridge and navigation centre. Staff were friendly and informative - and funny! Dont know why we waited so long to visit!!
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dra48
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
"Sea, Air and Space: all together"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2019 NEW
Amazing. Description: At the beginning, I focused only on the name of the aircraft carrier. Finally, it more than an aircraft carrier. It is a real, and a valued museum, an must see attraction in NYC. The tour starts with the “USS Intrepid” or also surnamed “fight 1” or “dry 01”. There are decks to be visited: le flag tower, the flight deck and hangar deck. In the flight deck, collection of aircrafts from WW2 til modern time is available for admiring, “black bird” included. The second step is the Space. USS Entreprise, the 1st space shuttle spacecraft is presented there. You can experience the 0 gravity, or manipulating robot arms in space there. The third is “USS Growler”, the retired submarine. The visit start with the missile hangar, and conduct you into the crew submarine life. Comments: I visited also the USS Midway in San Diego. USS Intrepid seems much more interesting than USS Midway, in term of the richness in themes. It is strongly recommended to take an audioguide for visiting, for getting better knowledges about history.
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mooboo9
Lancaster, United Kingdom
"Excellent "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2019 NEW
Visited here and really enjoyed seeing the Intrepid ship Very well presented loved the films especially the kamikaze presentation. Very informative and well done. The planes awesome also the submarine was very good to go through and see the living conditions! We also booked Concorde This has to be booked separately isn’t cheap but well worth it. The ticket is timed We looked round first then had a 3pm booking. I was sat in Paul McCartney’s favourite seat ... prefer John but hey no worries lol. Also sat in what was Mick Jagger’s preferred seat 1D and I sat in the seat the queen used on the Delta A1 what else would it be lol! So I’ve sat in a seat the queen used! Great visit give yourself at least 2 hours for the museum and if precook and visit Concorde it’s an hour onboard.
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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.