Review: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Fri Oct 24 2008
If something’s mechanical, futuristic fast and goes boom, chances are most boys (and some girls) are going to think it’s cool. No place in the city has more things fitting that description than the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
After a two-year overhaul, the revamped aircraft-carrier -turned-museum certainly lives up to the hype. Visitors of all ages--and really, both genders—will be floored by its, well, awesomeness.
With its burnished metal, touch screens and laser projectors, the design of the main hall makes one wonder if Apple has been moonlighting as a defense contractor. Toward the stern lies the Exploreum, where folks can try their hand at various interactive exhibits. Don’t be surprised if your kids go for the weapons. During my visit, my adolescent companions made a beeline for the starboard side and its large, deck-mounted guns. They also clambered about one of the cannons, gesturing frantically at an imaginary kamikaze coming in from Hoboken.
The main attraction is the array of military aircraft parked on the flight deck, including the Lockheed A-12, a massive black arrow of a plane capable of ripping through the atmosphere at Mach 3.2--four times faster than a commercial jet. According to the sign, the CIA operated this aircraft out of Area 51, rumored repository of the U.S.’s captured alien technology.
“That is so cool,” one of my adolescent cohorts cried. Chances are you and your kids will echo that sentiment.--Will Sabel CourtneyThe Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, Twelfth Ave at 46th St (877-957-7447, intrepidmuseum.org). Adults $19.50; children ages 6 to 17 $14.50; ages 2 to 5 $7.50; active-duty and retired military personnel and children under 2 free