Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York

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Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York is the only museum where visitors can admire a legendary aircraft carrier, the first space shuttle, the fastest airplane and a submarine from the Cold War. The museum is very popular and welcomes a million visitors a year. The Intrepid Museum is in and on the aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid. The ship was active in the Pacific during the Second World War in the fight against the Japanese. Additionally, the Intrepid had an important role as an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War.

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What can you expect in the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum?

After years of loyal service, the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid became a museum in 1982. The museum is an excellent overview of sea, air and space innovation in recent years. Visitors have a chance to really experience these innovations, as the museum has a Space Shuttle Pavilion where you can see the first spacecraft in the world – the Enterprise.

Airplanes and Submarines at Intrepid

There are 27 old airplanes, including the fastest military airplane and a spy plane. The British Airways Concorde is also on display at the Intrepid, this is the fastest commercial airplane in the world. You can also take a look at the submarine (USS Growler). Note that there is often a queue, so keep that in mind.

Not only can you make use of the audio tour, but guides are ready and willing to tell you more about the history of the USS Intrepid. You can, for example, see the bridge and learn more about how the crew and equipment used to work during wars. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is very accessible to children. The map shows you exactly what’s fun for children to do, so it’s great for the whole family!

Intrepid Simulators

In addition to all the planes, the Intrepid Museum also has three simulators. All three offer a different experience. There is the 4D film ‘Stories of Intrepid’: unique historical images combined with modern computer graphics allow you to experience the stories of the pilots. In the moving simulator ‘G-Force Encounter’ you man a 2 person cockpit and pilot your own plane. In ‘Transporter FX’ you step in to a capsule to experience a flight with special effects. The capsule moves like a real plane and you feel the wind in your hair.

 Eric’s Tip: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York is very nice for airplane lovers and children. The aircraft carrier itself is very interesting to see from the inside but the outside is also very impressive. For example, walk to the 42nd Street Pier and take some photos from there. It took me around 90 minutes to visit the museum. 

Practical information

  • Opening hours:
    • 1st of April – 31st of October: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 17:00, Sat – Sun 10:00 – 18:00
    • 1st of November – 31st of March: daily 10:00 -17:00
  • Location: Pier 86 at 46th Street

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Note: The New York Pass and the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass grant you free admission to the Intrepid Museum. Entrance to the impressive Space Shuttle Pavilion is also included in both passes. Next to Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum there are many more top New York museums to visit.

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