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
1 Review
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"The Intrepid"
November 2019
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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3841C
Milan, Italy
"We jumped the line because we didn't have New York Pass..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 01, 2020
We went to visit it in the morning, expecting a long wait to get the tickets. We saw a very long queue, so we lined up resigned to wait for an hour or more... A member of the staff came and asked all the people in line if they had New York Pass, we said "no" so she said we were in the wrong queue, she showed us where to go: no wait at all, we instantly got our tickets and came in (I think maybe most of the people had the "pass"... ). The ship is amazing, so rich of history, and the museum is incredible too: so many fighter jets, the shuttle, and you can walk in and out the ship to see all the different rooms. I had never seen anything like that. We spent five hours there until closing time, we would have liked to stay longer.
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Lane-English
Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
"Amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2020
Not only is it a battleship, it has planes, helicopters, a concorde, a submarine and the Enterprise Orbiter. The concorde, a charged extra, was closed but you could still go near it for photos. So we were fine with that. We spent hours here on a rainy day. Some great exhibitions. The submarine has a one way system and you will need to have good mobility for parts of it. Seeing the Enterprise was amazing, although the room it is in is quite small so photos can be a challenge to get the whole vehicle in. There was a virtual reality task underneath the nose. It was worth waiting for. Just make sure you listen to instructions. Plus it's funny watching people doing it. The ship is huge so it only gets crowded in places where there are guides talking or shows. Fantastic place and well worth the visit.
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Peggy05
Birmingham, United Kingdom
"Excellent museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 13, 2020
An unexpectedly fantastic museum on an aircraft carrier! Lots of planes to see. The Concorde was amazing and great to go into the flight deck.
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travelermomus
Houston, Texas
"Good "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2020
We bought the general admission as part of the C3. It doesn’t include the VR and the 4D theater. Nice exhibits, and great for families with kids. Employees are not friendly.
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Sleepingjamie
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
"Wholly original venue for some great exhibits. "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020
A great way for petrolheads to kill a couple of hours. When I went they had a Concorde plane to investigate and a space shuttle in addition to the other permanent exhibits. Loads of planes and helicopters to marvel at and the ship had lots of veteran volunteers who bought the exhibits to life with their stories. That was my favourite thing about the museum.
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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.