Visit: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, 12th Avenue & 46th Street Pier 86, New York City, NY 10036
Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, located at Pier 86, West 46th St and 12th Avenue in New York City. Enjoy Priority Box Office Access by using the entrance marked Will Call/Advanced Sales.
See the Intrepid Air Craft Carrier, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the Growler Submarine, plus watch an 8-minute film entitled 'the Story of Intrepid' and a 15-minute film called 'Kamikaze: Day of Darkness, Day of Light.'
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 museum.
Intrepid Aircraft Carrier
The hangar deck is a great place to start a visit and the main indoor exhibit space, taking visitors through both the hardware and humanity of Intrepid. On the flight deck, get an up-close look at more than two dozen authentically restored aircrafts, look inside the restoration tent, and take a walk through history on Intrepid's island and bridges. The gallery deck, located between the flight deck and hangar deck, features the combat information center (CIC), squadron ready room, and marine berthing.
Check out the mess deck is where Intrepid's enlisted crew members ate their meals. The mess, or dining area, has been restored to its original appearance. The vibrant decor — complete with custom paint colors, colorful textiles and Western-themed props — is unique to Intrepid.
The Space Shuttle Pavilion
The Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the 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.
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.
Upgrade to include Simulator Rides
New 4D Experience Stories of Intrepid
Experience the true stories of Intrepid aviators. This eight-minute film uses 4D technology, state-of-the-art computer graphics and never-before-seen historical footage to immerse you in stories of courage and heroism. Put on your 3D glasses, and hold on tight! Must be at least 40” tall to ride. Location: Hangar 3
Put on special polarized glasses and feel the wind in your face as you rock, pitch and jolt your way through six minutes of flight. Must be at least 38” tall to ride. Location: Pier 86 by Tower 3
Upgrade to include Intrepid 101 Guided Tour
Learn about the history of Intrepid from 1943 to 1974 and beyond on this 1-Hour Guided Tour with stories about the heroic aviators and sailors who served on the ship and learn about everyday life aboard an aircraft carrier.
You will have the opportunity to explore the hangar deck, where aircraft were maintained and stored while the ship was in service and learn how Intrepid survived 5 kamikaze attacks and a torpedo strike in WW2, and came back to fight in some of the biggest naval conflicts in the Pacific Theater.
Experience exhibits from the ship’s tours of duty at the height of the Cold War and the Vietnam War, and hear tales of Intrepid’s service as the main NASA recovery vessel for the Mercury and Gemini space missions.
Get an up-close look at vintage aircraft from all different branches of the U.S. military on the flight deck, including the A-12, the fastest jet ever built. Learn about Intrepid's flight deck operations and get a real feel of how dangerous those jobs were.
The Intrepid 101 Guided Tour will enhance your visit to the museum like no other!