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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

William Kelly
Fort Myers, FL
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"The Intrepid"
November 2019 NEW
Went with my two boys and my girlfriends son and daughter. We had an amazing time. So much to see and do. The highlight was the Growler sub. Amazing to experience the living conditions on a submarine. I highly recommend a visit to this amazing Museum. You won't be disappointed.
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Tip: Lots of climbing stairs.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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MsPurr
San Diego, California
"A Concorde & a Space Shuttle!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2019 NEW
This place is amazing. I visited many, many years ago & it's gotten much better since then. And there really is a Concorde AND a space shuttle!! The aircraft on the flight deck are so cool, and the exhibits around the ship do a good job of helping you imagine what life on the ship was like. Admission was reasonable & the gift shops are fun. Definitely a great way to spend an afternoon.
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brianm179
"I could spend most of the day here."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2019 NEW
A fabulous day for military history buffs like me, but surprisingly a lot of interactive stuff for kids as well. At $12 extra, the flight simulator ride just wasn’t user-friendly enough - especially given the wait time - for me to enjoy, so I’d skip that next time. The 3D theater was great. I enjoyed getting up close to the Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber, as my uncle, a torpedoman, never returned from a sub-hunting night mission off New Caledonia in 1943. RIP, Uncle Barney.
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116damiens
Adelaide, Australia
"Amazing Place."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
If you are a plane buff then this place is for you. They have an amazing collection of planes and helicopters. Some very rare pieces of history. Being an old aircraft carrier this is just as amazing. Entry is not cheap but it’s worth every cent.
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PJHolla
Faversham, United Kingdom
"Great Museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2019 NEW
We got this as one of the options on the CityPass, otherwise we might not have gone. Really glad we went. We seem to have been on a number of aircraft carriers but the location and views from this one are great. The chance to see a shuttle and get on board a submarine were also pretty cool. Oh and they also have Concorde. We were travelling with 3 generations and all enjoyed our trip.
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desingerinDC
Arlington, Virginia
"Lots to See and Well Worth the Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 05, 2019 NEW
There are several experiences, almost like separate museums. First off, take the audio tour. This really brings a lot of the exhibits on the Intrepid itself to life. Work your way through the aircraft carrier slowly since there is so much to see and it's so well done. The most dramatic part is the flight deck with all the planes, with NYC skyscrapers in the background. Up there, we saw a few people taking private tours and gaining entrance to the some of the more exotic planes. I don't know how you arrange this, but if we go back, I'd love to do that. We didn't go to the submarine because we ran out of time, but many people have said it's a great but a claustrophobic experience. Entrance to the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise museum is off the flight deck. It's very dramatic because of its scale. I learned a lot too. Although it's not quite as interesting as the Intrepid, it's still not everyday you get that close to a real live space ship. I went with my 87 year old father, which made the experience even richer because he knew all the WWII history and filled in the blanks where the exhibits left off. A perfect day to spend with one's (older) parents.
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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.