Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum showcases a wide variety of restored aircraft, along with marine and space exhibits on the now decommissioned USS Intrepid aircraft carrier

British Airways Concorde at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum
British Airways Concorde at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum cc licensed photo by Daniel Bonatto

Since 1982, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum has invited visitors to explore naval aviation and maritime history through a collection of restored military vessels docked in the Hudson River on Manhattan's West Side.

Before being decommissioned in 1974, USS Intrepid served in World War II, as a recovery ship for NASA and in the Vietnam War. The museum opened in 1982, after New York real estate developer, Zachary Fischer saved the aircraft carrier from the scrapheap and now showcases a cruise missile submarine, the USS Growler, a British Airways Concorde supersonic jet, and a Lockheed A-12 CIA reconnaissance plane. In 2011, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum added a NASA prototype of the Space Shuttle Enterprise to its collection which is schedule to be available for public viewing in the near future.

Admission to Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum covers access to the aircraft carrier, the submarine and the Concorde with free guided tours included in the ticket price. On the Flight Deck, visitors can explore a world class collection of 30 restored aircraft and climb to the navigation bridge for a cinematic view of the New York City skyline. The Hangar Deck engages visitors with variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits demonstrating the technology and manpower required to power the 40,000 tonne vessel. The newly restored Gallery and Third Decks, home to the Ready Room and Combat Information Center, offer a unique insight into life aboard the ship for the 3,000 enlisted men. In the newly opened Mess Hall, visitors can enjoy lunch or a snack at Au Bon Pain in recreated sailor's dining room. Well-worth the additional charge is a visit to the Virtual Flight Zone offering a supersonic flight simulators and a 4D Motion Theatre.

Free admission is available for retired and active military personnel.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Fee: Yes.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Phone: (212) 245-0072

Official Website: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum


Rated 4.6 out of 5Intrepid Museum Star Rating

4 Star Rating Interesting piece of American wartime history. The ship itself has various exhibits and a lot of full size aircraft (not sure if models or decommissioned active aircraft). There is also one of the space shuttles, Enterprise, that was a test frame and never went to space. You also get access to a submarine with your ticket. All round enjoyable and educational experience with ex servicemen scattered around to provide info or stories.

m h - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Your Dad will love it. Not all the planes on deck are real, a little better than 3/4 are real and the rest, like the blackbird, are models. The big deal is the shuttle, the Enterprise, which was an operational prototype that never actually went to space, in case that matters to you. Good access to the hanger deck with a real nice kid friendly section astern. You can get something to eat here in case you go mid day when it's not too busy.

Stephan Broyles - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating This is an awesome experience. Ask the docents or any of the staff any questions. They have all the knowledge. They have the space shuttle Enterprise here on the flight deck. All the Vietnam war stuff is on display. Many World War Two era planes. Many Vietnam era planes too. Great place to learn a little history of a ship.

Sarah Robinson - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Such a fantastic experience! Visiting during mine and my friends holiday to New York. Especially a must see if you have interests in military equipment, aircraft, boats and submarines. Level of detail on many exhibits was outstanding, staff also very friendly to talk to and also very knowledgeable. This attraction is located in a quieter area of New York, so a great place to visit to escape the crowds of Times Square, only a 30 minute walk away in fact! No queue to access the attraction, would recommend purchasing a city attraction pass or an advance ticket to guarantee entry, but looks like tickets can be purchased on site too. Fantastic how most of the museum is based on an aircraft carrier which saw active service! Some unique finds here including a space shuttle and also a submarine which you can walk through which was awesome. Its hard to believe how service men lived in such a small space for a couple of months with no\ little daylight! Exhibits were very interactive too with information being plentyful. All aircraft etc looked to be well looked to be a great condition and was great to get up close to all. I saw some of the aircraft carrier was still being restored and quite understandably as a restoration on this scale will take a significant amount of time. I hope to return one day to find more of the aircraft carrier accessible! Definitely spend a day or at least 3-4 hours visiting this place, its certainly worth it! Will be recommending this place to family and friends.

Thomas Brown - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating During my recent visit to the Intrepid Museum, I was transported back in time and immersed in the rich history that unfolded within its walls. The museum's captivating displays and exhibits provided a remarkable window into the past, allowing me to gain a deeper appreciation for the bravery and sacrifices of the men and women who fought for their country. The Intrepid Museum, located in New York City, is home to the USS Intrepid, an iconic aircraft carrier that served in World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. As I walked through the museum, I was awestruck by the sheer size and grandeur of the aircraft carrier. The sprawling flight deck and the impressive array of aircraft on display provided a tangible connection to the past. One of the highlights of my visit was the opportunity to explore the aircraft on board the USS Intrepid. From fighter jets to helicopters, each aircraft had its own story to tell. The meticulously preserved planes allowed me to gain a glimpse into the experiences of the brave individuals who piloted them. It was truly humbling to stand in the presence of these machines that played a crucial role in defending our freedom. In addition to the aircraft, the Intrepid Museum offered an informative and moving video show that delved into the history of the USS Intrepid and the men and women who served on board. The show brought to life the challenges and triumphs faced by those who fought for their country. It served as a powerful reminder of the courage and resilience displayed by these individuals in the face of adversity. As I explored the museum, I couldn't help but feel a profound sense of admiration for the brave men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line to protect their country. The Intrepid Museum provided a platform to honor their legacy and pay tribute to their sacrifices. It served as a reminder of the importance of preserving and sharing the stories of those who have shaped our history. In conclusion, my visit to the Intrepid Museum was a truly enlightening and moving experience. The museum's displays, aircraft, and video show offered a compelling journey through history, allowing me to gain a deeper understanding of the bravery and dedication of those who fought for their country. It left me with a renewed sense of gratitude for the sacrifices made by our servicemen and servicewomen. The Intrepid Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to connect with the past and pay homage to those who have served.

Mahesh Pillai - 8 days ago

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Take the A, C, E, N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, or 7 train to 42nd Street, walk or take the M42 Metro Bus west on 42nd Street to Hudson River (12th Avenue), then go right (north) to the museum entrance.

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