Intrepid Museum in New York

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Intrepid Museum in New York

The Intrepid Museum in New York is housed aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid. The ship has been transformed into an American military and maritime history museum where visitors can admire the first space shuttle, the fastest airplane and a submarine from the Cold War, among other things. The Intrepid Museum, located on Pier 86 in the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan, offers exciting exhibits for young and old alike.

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Intrepid Museum in New York

The ship on which the museum is located 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. After years of loyal service, the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid became a museum in 1982.

What to see at the Intrepid Museum?

The Intrepid Museum is an excellent overview of sea, air and space innovation in recent years. Visitors have a chance to really experience these innovations.

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 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!

Flight Deck

On the deck of the USS Intrepid, you can find several aeroplanes. See the Avenger torpedo bomber, which played an important role during WWII, and the A-12 Blackbird, a Cold War spy plane. Besides that, you can see a number of international aircraft.

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Space Shuttle Enterprise

The museum has a Space Shuttle Pavilion where you can see the first spacecraft in the world – the Enterprise. The displays show you more about the design of the space shuttle and the people behind the programme. Walk underneath the space shuttle or see the masterpiece from an elevated platform.


The British Airways Concorde is also on display at the Intrepid, this is the fastest commercial airplane in the world.

It can cross the Atlantic Ocean in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds, with a speed of 1.350 mph (2.150 kph). You can also see inside this unique jet plane. These tickets can be bought at the museum’s box office.

USS Growler Submarine

You can also take a look at the submarine (USS Growler). Note that there is often a queue, so keep that in mind. This is the only American submarine that is open to the public. Onboard you can experience what life is like in a submarine and visit the command centre.

Eric’s Tip: “If there is no queue for the USS Growler when you enter the museum, head to the submarine first. It is located right next to the museum’s entrance. It’s very popular, and because only a limited number of people can enter at the same time, there’s usually a queue so keep that in mind.”

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Intrepid Simulators

The Intrepid Museum also has simulators. Each offers a different experience. There is the 4D film ‘Stories of Intrepid’: unique historic 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-man 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 museum 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.”

Practical information

  • Opening hours:
    • 1st of April – 30th of September: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 – 18:00
    • 1st of October – 31st of March: daily 10:00 -17:00
    • Last entry 1 hour before closing time
  • 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 included in both passes. Aside from the USS Intrepid Museum, there are many more top New York museums to visit.

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How much do Intrepid Museum tickets cost?

Intrepid Museum tickets are from AU$55.

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