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 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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London, United Kingdom
"To boldly go....where millions have gone before (rightly so)"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
I am a massive star trek fan. I can’t hide it and I won’t so being able to...well we will get to the geekgasm shortly. This massive engineering behemoth sits on the Hudson, now retired (and volunteered on by retired vets) she sits there with a teasing look onto her flight deck from the ground, enticing you in to see what else she might be hiding. Once you get in you really start to get an idea of what it was like to serve, whether it’s from the vets talking or the mocked up sleeping areas it gives you an idea all be it brief of what things must have been like in the belly of the beast. However its so much more than just exploring an aircraft carrier (like that’s not enough). At the back of the lot you can find a Concorde, yes a real one. Sadly you can’t go inside but it’s fantastic to walk around this beast and imagine what it must have been like as it darted across the sky in record time. Up on the flight deck there are many and varied helicopters, fighter planes and one very special plane, the SR71. The blackbird. The ultimate spy plane. Downstairs again you find the USS Growler. A submarine so dinky I can’t imagine spending days and weeks cooped up in it. The walking tour was enough to make me feel claustrophobic. What those went through all those years ago sent a shiver down my spine. Back to the the flight deck though for the best part in my opinion, remember way back at the start I said I was a massive Star Trek fan. So the Intrepid hides a big secret in a hanger at the end of the flight deck. It’s an actual, holy cow space craft. It’s a real shuttle, you can walk under it, almost touch the tiles on the bottom. This thing is without a doubt the sexist thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Raw power and something that has actually left Earth and returned!! And best of all; it’s name: Enterprise.
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
"Great Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
Visited on our last day in New York. Had a fantastic time here. We would have done the Concord tour too but didn’t have the time. Went in the submarine, saw the space shuttle and the aircraft carrier. Staff were knowledgeable, very friendly and professional. Really great way to spend a half day whilst in New York.
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London, United Kingdom
"Extraordinary! 6*"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
I visited this museum twice over the summer, once solo and once with my young son. It is an extraordinary museum. Content rich and housing a collection of magnificent and iconic exhibits. There is something for anyone that is interested in military history, navel warfare and the accomplishments of man in flight. So much interesting detail and accompanying explanation. This museum is an awesome demonstration of the power of the US military and the power of the American spirit. It is not really one museum. It is five. All incredible; - An aircraft carrier that served over a generation and was deployed in many battles including the epic WWII Pacific conflict where the aircraft carrier came of age. One can tour the ship and talk to veteran servicemen who served on the Intrepid - An iconic collection of USAF and US naval aircraft including the A12 (the Blackbird forerunner), F14 Tomcat, F16 plus an early Russian MIG. - A early nuclear armed submarine (the Growler) that one can tour and a fascinating exhibition about its history and how it operated - The space shuttle and an exhibition of its history - And finally a British Airways Concorde. An aircraft I was fortunate to fly many times. The tour brought tears to my eyes as air travel has gone backwards since the days when 100 people could fly twice a day for 3.5 hours from London to NYC at Mach 2, reaching around 60,000 feet without having to wear a spacesuit There were additional side exhibits on the Vietnam conflict, the Japanese Kamikaze attacks on the ship (it was hit several times) and a movie theatre that shows supporting films about the Intrepid, life on an aircraft carrier and more. And a children’s area with several simulator rides. When I visited for the first time solo I arrived at 10am and left at about 4pm. What a day! There was so much to see that I did not stop for lunch and did not have time to visit the Growler (the submarine). There is something for anyone interesting in sea warfare and flight. I learned so much. In an era where so many museums have become more like indoor-theme parks, devoid of real substantive content or soul, this museum is a wonderful exception. Thank you to all who created and preserve this wonderful history of American accomplishment (and thank you for adding Concorde as one cannot tour it in London).
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Vienna, Austria
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
The museum is hugeee and really interesting! The submarine was great (They let only limited number of people in at once, so you have to wait a little, but you'll feel relieved since you have to follow the path and there's not too much space inside.) There a lot of interesting stuff for kids as well, which I can also recommend for adults. Make sure you put a couple of hours aside for this attraction.
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New York City, New York
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2019 NEW
Small by today’s standards, the Intrepid is a marvel of engineering, design, human ingenuity, and warrior spirit! Our sailors are unparalleled in world history! Total committed to their duty they helped save the Western world, and laid the groundwork to rebuild the Eastern world, especially Japan! Honor, duty, integrity, warrior spirit, mission driven they were heroic, noble, brave, kind, and fierce. We thank you for your service. The Intrepid Museum is unique.....a must see for every fact for every person on our planet! Tally Ho “Home of the free....because of the brave! Thank you! Christopher Bayer New York, NY
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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.