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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The_Gilberts_SAUK
Warrington, United Kingdom
"OK, but not for people who are really into aircraft"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
I took my husband as a treat, as he has loved military jets since being a child and the deck housed most of the key aircraft he drooled over as a child and teenager - F14, stealth bomber etc. However, the aircraft are quite badly maintained and having waited half a decade to see the stealth, it was in such poor condition and in need of a paint, we came away wishing we had gone to the Smithsonian near DC instead. The aircraft carrier itself was worth a visit, and the submarine made up for the rest of the exhibit (it was fascinating and really worth the look inside), but the aircraft were not up to scratch.
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Foogirl
Falkirk
"Not accessible for wheelchairs, but they still make you pay full price."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
Was very disappointing. Leaving aside the issues with accessibility noted below, this was one of the dullest museums we have ever been to. This despite being really interested in this sort of thing. So much of this is not accessible to wheelchair users. They try to tell you there’s only one bit but it’s pretty much all of it. None of the interactive stuff on the main deck can be used by wheelchair users as it is all on pointless podiums, not on the flat. Lack of separate accessible toilets. Couldn’t go on Concorde either, they don’t make that clear. It is utterly appalling to still charge wheelchair users full price to visit here when they can’t see much of it. In the U.K., every single place offers a free ticket to wheelchair users or to a carer, especially if there are bits which are not accessible. There is no reason this couldn’t have been fully accessible. We’ve seen it done on other ships - although they are Royal Navy, so attitudes are clearly different. This was the first thing we visited in NY, and opened our eyes to how awful the city is for people with disabilities.
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Mskeo
cork
"Fantastic place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2019 NEW
a large carrier that you walk around and top deck has loads of aeroplanes and a submarine that you can go into...great if you are into these machines...lovely relaxing few hours
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christiank706
Lucerne, Switzerland
"Wow!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2019 NEW
Absolutely exciting museum on and at the aircraft carrier Intrepid! The collection includes a submarine to walk in, a concorde with guided tour (additional fee), a Spaceshuttle and many planes and helicopters. Simulators and interactive platforms turn a visit into an experience. Fair pricing!
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E5647LFtracym
Greensboro, North Carolina
"Really intriguing exhibits, our kids enjoyed "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2019 NEW
Lots of cool things to see. They have lots of different aircraft and each will have a description board that gives info. Staff will periodically walk around and give more detailed information as well. Neat to just be on an aircraft carrier and to go inside it to get a glimpse of what it's like. They also have maintenance shed where they work on aircraft that may become an exhibit. They also have the NASA Enterprise Space Shuttle on exhibit along with supporting information and smaller exhibits. Our teenagers enjoyed the visit. Took us about 1.5 hours. Gift shop on site. If you like military type museums and or aircrafts, would recommend. Neat place.
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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.