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 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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jackirmic
Sydney, Australia
"Really enjoyed this museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
My husband and I visited during a blended work/holiday trip to New York. We are glad we left 4 hours to visit the Museum as it really can take your interest for this long. The displays are well described. We paid for the audio guide and this provided extra detail and history. The volunteers on the Growler and Intrepid were really friendly passionate and informative. The displays are respectful in how they are curated given the loss of lives experienced. Loved the huge LEGO model of the Intrepid. Be aware though if you have limited mobility you will be restricted in accessing the submarine .
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HellsBells30
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Fascinating museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019 NEW
My daughter and I visited the Intrepid museum on a freezing April morning, but more than glad that we did. It was absolutely fascinating. The best part of the visit was chatting with the veteran guides who are strategically scattered throughout the museum. I could have chatted to them all day. The ship and exhibits are well cared-for and the variety of aircraft surprising. The Growler exhibit should not be missed. Everyone who works there seems passionate about the museum. Not to be missed. Go early though to have the place to yourself!
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TERRAvelista
London
"Even a bad trainee on the submarine did not manage to make me less enthusiastic about this place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019 NEW
Having visited several times Kennedy space center with it's Atlantic space shuttle and a view to see Discovery near Dulles airport in Washington and Endeavour in Los Angeles, you can imagine how enthusiastic I was about visiting this place with it's aircraft carrier and submarine, after visiting similar places on both US coasts and around the world: 1. After scanning our NYsightseeing passes (due to the great value for money) which we printed home, we got our tickets and decided to first visit the submarine Growler anchored here and having everything on display from a long gone era when it was functioning. 2. After visiting the brief museum with lots of information, me going much faster, I realised I had to join a queue to go inside the submarine, which was not the case in other places, and strangely not the case when my partner visited it some 10min later. I realised the queue was so long because inside the submarine and trainee called Jamilah (or something like that) wanted us to wait in the cold and watch a video. I realised the video was displaying information presented in the museum already and due to being cold and having arthritis I decided to pass on my own near the people, hoping to go deeper inside the submarine. This is when this trainee started shouting at me with a very rude manner and authoritarian in the manner used by the airport security busy bees who have nothing else to do: 'go back in queue madam, you have to go back'. When I reached this Jamilah, I explained to her that she failed on 2 counts with her un-professionalism and rude tone and by assuming that everyone will want to watch a video in the cold to which she continued shouting at me and saying 'I only told you to go back to the queue'. I realised that I was wasting my time with somebody who was used to shouting and only seeing her point of view, but as descending further inside I heard Jamilah saying to the people behind me, who could hardly speak English anyway 'we get this kind of people sometimes'. I asked her to keep quiet as I could hear the derogative and negative connotations attached to her sentences and be more professional in the way she is representing the Intrepid - it is a huge shame the Intrepid employs people like her who have no sensibilities relating to their customers' disease and prefer to see them stuck in the cold watching something they saw, as I said, around the world many times before. I reported this lady to her management and I hope they took action. My partner passed through there some 10min later, as he was stuck on a phone call earlier, and said there was no queue and could visit the submarine with no problems being stuck in the cold forced to watch a video. 3. From here, we moved to visiting Enterprise with lots of info near it and then the amazing aircraft collection including a very cool stealth place used in the '60s by the CIA Travelling to the Intrepid is made easy by the presence across the street of a bus stop where bus 50 stopped and took us all the way east to Lexington avenue (close to 48st street, I think) which is way better than changing several subway lines - this is how we arrived too as our Metro card for 7 days at 33 dollars (I think) although we stayed only 5 days was of great value and brought in lots of savings, being used even on the bus we went to LaGuardia airport - NY is even more expensive than London!!!!
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mrdom
"Nice combo, a bit limited"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2019 NEW
It’s a great combination of things but the ship and sub are the best parts, with access to a lot of interesting parts. The sub only had a short queue but with tour groups and a video to navigate, it was a 45-minute commitment. The aircraft displays are a motley group - some interesting planes but little opportunity to see things like cockpits (many are painted over, which makes them look fake). It was good fun for an hour and a half but seems very poor value to compared to similar museums around the world.
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Emma R
Brisbane, Australia
"So much to see and do"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
A fabulous way to learn some history. Situated on the Intrepid carrier this museum offers a large range of aircraft, exhibits and interactive displays. There is so much to see and learn. Also included in the ticket price is access to the submarine Growler. Absolutely amazing to see how the ship's crew lived. Something for everyone, an absolutely great way to spend a few 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.