Intrepid Museum New York, United States

The Intrepid Museum, a private non-profit, holds a special place in New York City’s cultural landscape. Founded in 1982 with the acquisition of the storied WWII aircraft carrier Intrepid—a National Historic Landmark and the centerpiece of its collection—the Museum welcomes over one million visitors annually from all around the world. Its mission is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through bold and immersive collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire future generations. The Intrepid Museum’s dynamic exhibitions exemplify the intersection of history and innovation. Immersive fun, STEM and history are showcased through technological marvels such as Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle, and Growler, the only nuclear-weapons-carrying submarine open to the public. The Museum’s one-of-a-kind experience also features dozens of military aircraft including fighter jets, a supersonic spy plane, and the Concorde, the world’s fastest commercial airliner, displayed in and around the legendary aircraft carrier, Intrepid, an awe-inspiring setting for an unforgettable adventure. But the true power of the Intrepid Museum extends beyond the mechanical marvels on display to all those whose stories of sacrifice, service and heroism bring history to life. Guided by its core values of integrity, innovation, and inclusivity, the Intrepid Museum’s exhibits and programs are designed to provide a meaningful visitor experience for all. The Museum delivers nationally-recognized accessible programming to its audience with an emphasis on underserved communities, individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities, including autism and dementia, and our veterans. Through its after-school, professional development, and STEM programs, the Museum educates and impacts more than 55,000 students each year.

The Intrepid Museum is a dynamic adventure for visitors of all ages and offers group packages, member benefits, birthday parties, special event packages and educational programs. Located at 12th Avenue and 46th Street, Intrepid is easy to get to by mass transit, car or water taxi. Learn more: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/

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“I lost my very best friend the first day of combat. Never seen again. That’s part of war. Not the easy part.” — Cmdr. William Landreth, retired U.S. Navy lieutenant, 1945

Step aboard the USS Intrepid , and that’s just one of the crew member voices you hear. Their heart-wrenching recollections of Navy life are part of an introductory film that chronicles the roles the ship played throughout its three-decade military career. Throughout the film, former crew members relay moving anecdotes of their time living and serving onboard this legendary aircraft carrier, now berthed majestically on the Hudson River at Pier 86 on Manhattan’s West Side, the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum . Their words illuminate the fact that the Intrepid was more than a Navy warship — it was a community of officers and enlisted men and a floating metaphor for American innovation and bravery.

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“We have over 200 oral history interviews in our collection,” says Jessica Williams, the museum’s curator of history and collections. “They’re personal stories from people who served in all different jobs all across the ship’s history — stories that underscore the human experience and what it was like to live on this massive ship.”

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The aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, part of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, Manhattan, New York City

Plan Your Trip

COVID-19 Update:  All museum patrons ages 12 and older must provide proof of at least one vaccination shot against COVID-19 along with photo ID. The museum currently requires timed-entry tickets. Advance  online  purchase is recommended. Face coverings are required in indoor spaces for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Guided tours, including access to the Concorde, are temporarily suspended. Check the museum’s website for updated health and safety information.

Location:  On Manhattan’s West Side at Pier 86, at 46th Street and 12th Avenue

Getting There:  Although  Intrepid  is a long walk from the nearest subway station at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue, the crosstown M-50 bus travels west on 49th Street and stops in front of the museum. Taxis can take you right to the museum entrance. Several parking garages are nearby if you drive.

Visit:  Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last entry at 4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Admission:  Adults $33 ($31 for seniors 65+); free for active U.S. military and veterans

Tours:  The museum’s daily guided tours are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; $15 for adults ($12 for seniors 65+). The Concorde Experience is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; $20 adults ($15 seniors 65+).

Best time to visit:  The museum is less busy weekdays at opening time.

Accessibility:  The majority of the museum is wheelchair-accessible, though a few areas offer stair-access only. There are no wheelchairs for public use, but you can borrow lightweight stools for making rest stops (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Admission is free for personal care assistants who accompany visitors.

The third of 24 Essex-class carriers built by the United States in the 1940s,  Intrepid  entered service on Aug. 16, 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy through the height of the Cold War. The ship played a critical role in the Pacific theater during World War II, carrying 3,200 officers and enlisted men and nearly 100 aircraft. Throughout its deployment,  Intrepid  survived five kamikaze attacks and a torpedo strike while destroying 650 enemy planes and sinking or damaging 269 enemy ships. The aircraft carrier later plied the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic as an anti-submarine warfare carrier, did three tours of duty in Vietnam, and served as a recovery vessel for NASA’s Mercury 7 and Gemini 3 missions in the early 1960s.

Following decommissioning of the storied warship in 1974, the Navy sent  Intrepi d to the Philadelphia Navy Yard to await the scrap heap, but New York City real estate developer and philanthropist Zachary Fisher had a better idea. A longtime supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Brooklyn native and his wife, Elizabeth, spearheaded a campaign to transform the battle-scarred carrier into a world-class naval museum, which opened in 1982. The carrier was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

What You’ll See

You’ll enter  Intrepid  on the Hangar Deck, a massive space that once served as a garage for Navy aircraft. Now it’s home to the museum’s permanent exhibits — a thoughtfully curated array of vintage artifacts, interactive displays, restored aircraft and historic video footage designed to lead guests chronologically through the carrier’s storied deployment.

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“The vast majority of the collection consists of items donated to us by former crew members and their families,” says Williams. “There are uniforms, pilot gear, diaries and letters. Some guys took photographs or slides or 35-millimeter films when they were onboard. Those things really help lend a personal connection to the people who served onboard this ship.”

One of the deck’s most powerful exhibits “Kamikaze: Beyond the Fire,” a dramatic multimedia experience, tells the story of Japan’s “special attack” suicide bombers known as kamikazes, the terrifying new weapon it launched in October 1944 as the Allied advantage grew in the Pacific.

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“On the Line” details the role  Intrepid  played in the  Vietnam War  through artifacts, interviews and film clips, including the Triple Stix Log, a diary kept by four junior pilots who shared bunk room 111 (aka “Triple Stix”) that describes their Vietnam missions and antics while onboard the ship in 1967. “It’s one of the most comprehensive accounts of pilots’ time in Vietnam,” says Jennifer Elliot, the museum’s manager of youth leadership and alumni programs.

On the lighthearted side, “Navy Cakes: A Slice of History” celebrates the Navy’s long tradition of using cake as a morale booster. Featuring recipes, photographs and kitchen paraphernalia required to create confections that could feed thousands of sailors, the exhibit spotlights life at sea through a sweet lens. “The men onboard  Intrepid  were here from six months to a year at a time, so they looked for any opportunity to celebrate — and bake cakes,” says Elliot.

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There’s much more to explore on the ship, including the Flight Deck, which is “the ship’s reason for being,” says curator Williams. Here is where you can see  Intrepid ’s 29 restored aircraft, including the newest addition: a Douglas F4D Skyray that flew from the ship in 1961. You can also see the restored galley used by  Intrepid ’s cooks to prepare about 7,500 meals each day, and an example of the ship’s berthing compartments — snug sleeping quarters for up to 60 men.

“Many spaces onboard still look the way they did when the ship was in service,” says Williams. “[They’re] really evocative of what the ship was like during service, and help visitors get into the mindset of the crew.”

You could easily spend several hours discovering the many nooks and crannies  on Intrepid , but the museum’s appeal stretches far beyond the ship with these three additional components:

•  The space shuttle  Enterprise . In 2012 Intrepid became the proud home of  Enterprise , one of NASA’s four remaining space shuttles. As NASA’s prototype orbiter,  Enterprise  paved the way for the country’s three-decade space shuttle program, performing crucial aerial and launch tests to determine the viability of sending a reusable aircraft into space. Today, see the shuttle in a custom pavilion on  Intrepid ’s Flight Deck. Inside, 17 dynamic displays immerse visitors in the exciting story and groundbreaking technology of the shuttle era.

•  The USS  Growler .  This guided-missile-carrying submarine patrolled the waters off the east coast of the Soviet Union from 1958 to 1964. It carried the powerful Regulus 1 missile and had one mission — to deter the Soviet Union from launching a nuclear attack against the United States. “A View From the Deep: The Submarine  Growler  and the Cold War,” a fascinating exhibit on Pier 86’s north side, details the sub’s history. You can also board it for a firsthand look at the cramped conditions sailors endured.

Insider Tip

While you’re in New York City, visit  Governors Island . With a military history that stretches from the American Revolution to World War II, this 172-acre island is home to dozens of Colonial and Georgian Revival officers’ residences; a 22-acre national monument with two early-19th-century forts; seven miles of car-free bike paths; and a vibrant art scene with public art and several galleries. Just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan, it’s open seasonally between April and October.

• The Concorde  Alpha Delta  . At the end of Pier 86, see this built-for-speed commercial airliner, one of 20 uber-luxurious Concordes flown by Air France and British Airways between 1966 and 1979. This particular one flew its inaugural transatlantic flight on Aug. 25, 1976, and then set a world speed record on Feb. 7, 1996, flying from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport in 2 hours, 52 minutes, 59 seconds. Dwindling passenger numbers and a tragic crash in Paris in 2000 led the two airlines to retire the fleet in 2003. Today, learn about the Concorde’s legendary amenities (caviar and fine wines were the norm) and its remarkable technology in “Concorde: A Supersonic Story,” a special tour in which you take a seat in the first-class cabin.

Where to Stay

Consider these relatively affordable hotels located near the Intrepid museum.

Ink 48 Hotel:  Contemporary and stylish, this hotel sits on the edge of Manhattan’s buzzy Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood just two blocks from Intrepid. Its 222 loft-like rooms feature high ceilings and skyline or Hudson River views. Sip cocktails at sunset in the Press Lounge, the hotel’s rooftop bar.  Rooms from $239; 653 11th Ave.

Yotel:  In its 713 space-efficient rooms inspired by first-class air travel, Yotel offers a chic stay at a budget price a half-mile walk from both Intrepid and Times Square.  Rooms from $138; 570 10th Ave.

Where to Eat

​ ​Ristorante Il Melograno  (501 W. 51st St.):  Fresh ingredients transform into Sicilian specialties with modern flair at Ristorante Il Melograno, a five-minute walk north from the  Intrepid . Don’t miss the pappardelle with sausage ragù, made with handcrafted pasta ($17.85).

​Pio Pio 8  ( 604 10th Ave. ): Tuck into succulent Peruvian rotisserie chicken ($6–$23) accompanied by traditional side dishes such as empanadas ($8) and  tostones  (fried plantains, $6), just four blocks south of the museum complex.

Gina DeCaprio Vercesi is a New York-based journalist whose work has appeared in the  Boston Globe, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure  and  Sierra . She has lived in the Hudson Valley for more than 20 years.

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Join Intrepid’s Education team for an exciting virtual tour of the museum, with a special focus on space and spacecraft. Students will have the opportunity to explore the impressive collection of spacecraft at the museum and gain insights into the advantages and disadvantages of displaying both models and original spacecraft on the floor. Following the tour, museum educators will lead students in a captivating space-themed art project. Prepare for an engaging and creative journey into the wonders of space!

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March 2023:  The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, based in New York City, is dedicated to educating online and in-person visitors about the history of American innovation, from the sea to the stars. The museum offers many accessible options for individuals, families, and groups.

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The Intrepid Museum offers customized verbal description and touch tours with advance request (at no additional cost). Please email [email protected] or call 646-381-5158 to arrange a tour, ideally at least two weeks before your planned visit. Visitors can also explore on their own by borrowing a tactile guide with talking pen from the museum's Information Desk at no cost. The Museum's mobile guide is screen-reader friendly and features description, way-finding information, label text, videos, and additional context.

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The museum offers free tours and visits for NYC-based organizations and schools serving individuals or students who are blind or have low vision. Pre-visits to help students prepare for the trip are also available. To book a visit, please complete the Onsite Program Request Form and select Verbal Description Tour as the program type.

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The Intrepid Museum will be seeking individuals who use screen readers to do some user testing of the mobile guide. Participants will receive an honorarium for their time. If you know this is something you may be interested in, please email [email protected] .

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The Intrepid Museum will bring back free virtual verbal description programs this year, focusing on special exhibitions opening in the coming months. More information to come!

Visit the museum online:  www.intrepidmuseum.org .

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  • Look for the camera icon which gives you a close-up view of a particular object or exhibit panel.
  • Try zooming in as some of the images are stitched together from individual pictures in order to create very high resolution gigapixel images.

Please note: This tour and these presentations have been tested and should work on all common devices, browsers, and operating systems (using a desktop computer with Windows, Mac, Linux or a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android). Functionality and appearance may vary as it will adjust automatically to accommodate the most visitors. While the virtual tour has no advertising, ad blocking software or browser settings that block JavaScript and/or XML may interfere with the functionality of the virtual tour. Please let us know what you think of the tour and how the experience can be improved. Send your feedback to the NMNH Web Team .

Site Credit: Imagery and coding by Loren Ybarrondo

Equipment Used: Professional Nikon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera bodies and lenses. The photography is typically done using rectilinear lenses with minimized distortion and shooting equirectangular panoramas at 22K pixels on the long side.

Software Used: No authoring software is used. The tours are hand-coded in HTML5 and JavaScript using the krpano graphics library.

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Virtual Museum: 13 ways to explore from home

Delve into the Museum from home with a virtual self-guided tour of the galleries, an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale and audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

1. Stroll around the Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature exhibition

Although the exhibition at the Museum closed on 3 January 2022, you can still step into an online world full of fantastic real-life and magical beasts. There are highlights, stories and games galore. 

Walk around the exhibition from home with a 360° virtual tour on Google Arts & Culture.

The entrance to the Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibition.

2.  Take a deep dive into the life of a blue whale

Explore the rich history of Hope, the blue whale suspended from the ceiling in Hintze Hall. In this online interactive, see what her life was like in the ocean, find out how she got to her home in the Museum and get a behind-the-scenes peek of the Museum's collections.

Go one step further by viewing the skeleton in augmented reality (AR) with Google Arts & Culture. 

A spliced image showing the blue whale skeleton in the middle surrounded by tall shelves storing other taxidermy specimens.

3. Hang out with scientists online

Catch up on all the Nature Live Online talks featuring topical discussions with our scientists and cutting-edge research. 

Free event recordings. 

View of Earth from space.

Image:  NASA .

4.  Sound choices: listen to these podcasts

Every year the Museum attracts millions of curious visitors eager to learn about the natural world.

Bring that curiosity home, and learn more about natural history, science, and the world around you with these great podcasts. 

Khalil and Sandy looking at botanical specimens on the Museum's podcast, Wild Crimes.

5.  Let Sir David Attenborough guide you around Hintze Hall

Sir David's unmistakable voice and expertise on all things nature make him the perfect person to take you on a tour of Hintze Hall's star specimens (including the blue marlin), all from the comfort of home.

A large blue marlin specimen preserved in a tank in Hintze Hall.

6.  Go on a virtual tour of the Museum

Google Arts & Culture gives you access to 300,000 specimens within the Museum's collections, along with 35 digital exhibitions , virtual tours and an interactive gigapixel photo (so enormous you can zoom in on the tiniest detail) of Hintze Hall's gilded canopy. 

A screenshot of a 360 video of Hintze Hall showing thumbnail images of other galleries along the bottom.

7.  Flick through Wildlife Photographer of the Year images

Explore the exhibition at your own pace in this online gallery filled with stunning nature photographs. 

A photograph of a jellyfish with purple tentacles by Fabien Michenet.

8.  Watch us on the small screen

The Museum's stunning architecture has made it a popular choice as a filming location for everything from blockbuster movies to TV dramas.

Discover which films and television shows feature the Museum.

Paddington Bear at the Museum with Dippy in Hintze Hall.

Paddington (2014)

9. Examine a 3D model of Dippy's skull

Get up close to the skull of the Museum's iconic Diplodocus cast produced by our Imaging and Analysis Centre. See more 3D models on Sketchfab , including Darwin's fossil mammals and the Crystal Palace sculptures .

A 3D scan of Dippy's skull.

10. See illustrations from HMS Endeavour

Our collection of botanical illustrations from HMS Endeavour make up some of the most scientifically significant artworks in our archive. It features works by Sydney Parkinson .

A watercolour illustration parkinson

11.  Browse the Library and Archives digital collections

Dig deep into the archives, where you'll find scientifically important art, books, prints and manuscripts, including drawings by William Smith and brothers Franz and Ferdinand Bauer.

Illustration of two lorikeets perched on a branch by the Bauer brothers.

12. Uncover highlights from the collections

We've wrapped up some of the highlights from the collections on display including specimens from space , the spirit collection , Charles Darwin and the Treasures gallery .

Discover more stories from the collections  including stories from the Museum at Tring .

Archie the giant squid in the spirit collection.

13. Zoom in on beetles

Open the drawers and zoom in on 16 Coleoptera collections held at the Museum including those from Thomas Broun (1838-1919), David Sharp (1840-1922) and Charles O. Waterhouse (1843-1917).

Find out more about the  Entomology collections .

Coleoptera collection - colourful beetles

Virtual expeditions with our scientists

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What is it like to go on a dino dig?

Explore an interactive story about Museum experts' adventure to Wyoming, USA, when they went off-grid in search of Jurassic dinosaurs.

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Explore a 360 panorama of Antarctica

Join Dr Adrian Glover as he journeys to the site of a collapsed Antarctic ice shelf. Experience the awe-inspiring view from the ship deck.

Let the exploration continue

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Enjoy nature on your doorstep

Find activities and ideas to occupy yourself and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space.

Try this at home

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Discover more stories from the collections

Uncover colourful stories behind the specimens, meet collectors and curators past and present and read about their contributions to our understanding of the natural world. 

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A range of downloadable educational curriculum-linked resources that you can adapt for home use.

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