Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City

Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Manhattan's military and maritime history museum, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum houses a large collection of craft that includes an aircraft carrier, submarine, NASA's prototype space shuttle, and a supersonic reconnaissance plane. Originally opened in 1982, the museum underwent a 22-year renovation of its facilities, reopening in 2008. You can access it by public bus or subway, and spend the day journeying through the evolution of sea, air, and space vessels. The Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases Enterprise, named after the starship from the popular "Star Trek" TV series and built to perform test flights in the atmosphere, along with artifacts, photos, audio, and films covering NASA's space shuttle program. Try your hand at flying a supersonic jet by visiting the virtual flight zone, designed with cutting-edge multi-sensory technology. Put Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and other New York City attractions into our New York City trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We had so much fun visiting the Intrepid! I've driven by it multiple times and it's been on my list for a while now. The museum itself consists mostly of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, with a ton....  more »
  • Our family (parents and kids ages 11, 9, 7, & 5) went a warm Friday morning before our flight out of NYC. We walked here from the Holiday Inn Times Square. Got there right when it opened and it...  more »
  • I wanted to add a patriotic museum to my Fourth of July tour in New York and the Intrepid had a lot of history and was interactive. My companion was part of a navy family and he stated that the...  more »
  • I have visited this museum again after 18 years and it is still awesome. Was even more special now with my kids and they loved all the different equipments and ships. We spent a total of 4 hours in this visit, as there is so much to see. There is a small place to have hot lunch at the lower level of the carrier. There are also volunteers who are war veterans who had served in the carrier.   I strongly recommend a visit, especially if you have kids.
  • How often do you get to walk around an aircraft carrier? Or a submarine? This museum was awesome for someone like me who is interested in military history and modelling. But it was not just about the exhibits. Veterans who are volunteers are happy to share their knowledge and experiences with you and gave the place that personal touch. There are highlights to visiting New York and it usually involves a place, but these people are just as interesting and unique. Just wonderful. 👏 👌
  • I have been to most of the museums in NYC and I honestly believe this one is one of the most pricey ones. It did not live to my expectations. They have amazing items to showcase but the organization lacked a bit. Specially in the ship control tower. They should allow grouped spacing them out like they do in the submarine. I feel there’s more space to improvement. Specially to charge the amount of money they charge.
  • Must see! Fantastic place to visit, once you've finished exploring the Intrepid ship and its multiple levels the fly deck has loads of aircraft to see. There is also the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, which didn't make it into space but still a very interesting site to see. An ex-submarine is also available for you to go inside, well worth the time to explore and appreciate the cramped conditions - probably the closest thing to seeing how busy it would have been when you set off in small groups down the submarine.
  • This was amazing! You never get an opportunity like this too walk around on an aircraft sub machine and boat / tank. All of the airplanes where up close and personal. The time that it opens and closes isn’t even enough too view the entire area since there’s so much too see! It’s extreamly impressive too see the big shuttle and space area as well. I loved how big it was there. The view on the boat was amazing too see in NYC as well. I’m very impressed.

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