Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, NY

Pier 86New York, NY 10036
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Overview

Step aboard the Intrepid Museum for a captivating journey through sea, air and space! Explore the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, walk under the Space Shuttle Enterprise, and step inside the USS Growler submarine. With interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, and skyline views, this New York City gem is an adventure the whole family can enjoy.

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Good To Know

  • Explore an extensive collection of historic aircraft, including propeller planes, supersonic jets, and helicopters, showcasing the evolution of aviation technology.
  • In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions, featuring diverse themes related to science, technology, history, and innovation.
  • Plan to spend about 2 to 3 hours to visit the entire museum, including the submarine Growler and the Space Shuttle Pavilion.
  • Last entry is one hour prior to closing.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River from the museum's spacious outdoor flight deck.
  • From time to time, certain areas within the museum will close for maintenance, construction, new exhibit development or special events.
  • Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the museum, and must be at least 40 inches tall to enter the submarine.
  • Plan to wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and/or sunglasses. Avoid open-toed sandals, high heels, necklaces or items that can get caught, and bags too heavy to comfortably carry.

Description

from The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Museum celebrates the people and technological innovations that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world. It is an immersive and fun place where history and STEM are showcased through marvels such as the world’s first space shuttle; the world’s fastest commercial airliner; a nuclear-weapons-carrying submarine; and dozens of military aircraft, including a supersonic spy plane, all displayed in and around the historic landmark aircraft carrier, Intrepid.

Let your imagination take flight at New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum — a testament to human ingenuity and the spirit of adventure. Step aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid which proudly served in World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. As you explore its massive decks, immerse yourself in the captivating exhibits that showcase the bravery and dedication of the men and women who served aboard this legendary vessel.

The flight deck features a collection of more than two dozen authentically restored aircraft set against the backdrop of stunning city views that can only be found on the Intrepid. Enter the Space Shuttle Pavilion that showcases the space shuttle Enterprise and 17 dynamic exhibit zones featuring original artifacts, films and audio such as actual conversations between mission control and pilots during the Enterprise flight tests. Step inside the Growler submarine to understand the fascinating world of undersea warfare.

Through exhibitions, educational programming, and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, the Intrepid Museum takes visitors of all ages and abilities 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.

The Intrepid Museum is home to the following permanent exhibits, in addition to hosting rotating exhibitions on naval history, space exploration, technology and more.

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
Temporarily closed while Concorde is relocated offsite for necessary maintenance. The exhibit will re-open to the public in Spring 2024.
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 the Intrepid Museum complex on Pier 86.

Aviator Grill is open to the general public and museum visitors for breakfast and lunch. This family-friendly restaurant is located on the second level of the museum’s welcome center, overlooking the pier. Aviator Grill offers a full, chef-prepared menu of hearty fare, including burgers, fresh bread, custom pizzas, and more.

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.
  • Last admission to the submarine Growler is one hour before the Museum closes.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Where is the Intrepid?

The Intrepid Museum is located in New York City, specifically on the Hudson River at Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue.

What is the Intrepid Museum?

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a nonprofit, American military and maritime history museum featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid.

Does the museum allow photography or videotaping?

Personal cameras and video are allowed. Selfie sticks (or any other camera-extension devices) and professional equipment, including tripods, are not.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

The majority of the Intrepid Museum is wheelchair accessible but there are no wheelchairs for public use. All restrooms and dining areas are fully accessible, as well as the flight deck, hangar deck and mess deck. Please note that there are areas of the Museum that are not wheelchair accessible, as they require guests to navigate stairs and ladders as well as long periods of walking and standing. These include Intrepid’s island, forecastle (forward deck), gallery deck, submarine Growler and Concorde.

Is there parking at the Intrepid Museum?

The Intrepid Museum does not have a visitor parling lot, nor do they validate parking. However, there are several nearby parking garages where you can park for your visit, including: 1) Park Right at 670 W. 43rd Street (between 11th Avenue and West Side Highway) 2) PARK-IT 50-51 Operating Corp. at 622-630 W 51 St and 627 W 50 St. (between 11th Ave–West Side Hwy) 3) Garage Management Company at 550 West 45th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Does the Museum offer bag and coat check facilities?

The Museum does not offer bag and coat check facilities. All belongings, including bags, strollers and luggage. must remain with visitors at all times. Please note that strollers, large bags and luggage are not permitted in the submarine or Concorde.

Can I bring my pet on board?

Pets are not permitted. Only service animals 12 months or older are allowed, provided that the service animals remain properly leashed.