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Intrepid's new Space Shuttle Pavilion is now open (slide show)

We were there as the Intrepid unveiled its brand-new Space Shuttle Pavilion—the original was damaged during last fall's Hurricane Sandy.

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10

Photograph: Alex Strada

The Intrepid Museum's Enterprise Pavilion reopens post-Sandy on July 10


After superstorm Sandy flooded the Intrepid and tore the inflatable covering of the Enterprise Space Shuttle Pavilion to shreds (less than three months after its debut last July), a mega makeover project was ready for take-off. On Wednesday, July 13, less than one year later, the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum was set abuzz for the grand reopening of the exhibition.

As far as what's new, the museum ditched the inflatable bubble roof so the behemoth shuttle now dwells safely within a steel covering. The new pavilion also boasts a total of 17 exhibit zones (including space-themed memorabilia like lunchboxes and board games), more original artifacts, as well as the Russian Soyuz capsule—sure to impress newbies and visitors of the original.

We were there for the ribbon cutting ceremony (in honor of the occasion, Camp Intrepid explorers—donning adorable solar system hats—helped cut the ribbon) and to watch as the very first visitors checked out the new pavilion. If you're planning a visit to see the historic shuttle (which you should!), here are six things you won't want to miss. You may also want to pencil in SpaceFest on your family's calendar—the four-day event later this month at the Intrepid will feature awesome exhibits from NASA and the unveiling of a LEGO replica of the Enterprise.

Strut through the Sound Scape
"Houston is go for takeoff!" This silver tunnel entrance will thrill kids with authentic audio recordings that took place between the astronauts aboard the Enterprise and NASA Mission Control during its missions.

Get a pop culture lesson
Little space fans will be intrigued to hear the story behind the Enterprise's name. The shuttle was originally going to be named Constitution but after a passionate petition by—get this—Star Trek fans, President Gerald Ford officially dubbed it, Enterprise, after the fictional starship.

Sound off with NASA experts
A television screen with the most recent updates from NASA headquarters relays the latest in space science news from the Hubble Telescope, the Mars Curiosity Rover and the International Space Station—it's sure to mesmerize budding astronauts and adults alike.

Imagine fitting in the Soyuz Capsule

Tour guides will encourage kids to compare the Soyuz Capsule (which is is little worse for the wear after re-entering from space) and the giant Enterprise floating above (which never actually entered space, only completed atmospheric orbits.) Check out the reclined seats for three full grown adults (definitely not claustrophobia friendly) in the capsule which once flew "space tourists!"  

Get some space training
Every hour, official Intrepid tour guides and NASA know-it-alls will give presentations on a wide variety of topics relating to NASA's space program, space shuttle missions and research developments that kids will recognize in their every day lives—think LED lights, glasses, and air purifiers.

Pose with the Enterprise itself
Little ones jaws will drop when they look above and see the 75-ton space shuttle defying gravity over their heads. Be sure to climb up the stairs to the picture platform in front of the nose of the shuttle and get in your best astronaut stance.

The Enterprise is on display at the new Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. $31, seniors and students $27, children $17–$24, children under 3 and retired and active military personnel free.


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