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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Photograph: Wendy ConnettIntrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Time Out says

For World War II buffs, and folks that like checking out fighter ships and planes, this museum on a real aircraft carrier The Intrepid docked at Pier 86 is a chance for an upclose look at the nuts and bolts of our not-so-distant history. Aboard this vessel, which fought in the Pacific during the ‘40s and withstood head-on attacks by Kamikaze planes and a torpedo strike, visitors will find a wealth of information about how naval officers lived on the massive ship, including hands-on-displays of items used in everyday life and views of the lower living quarters, and an outdoor flight deck with an impressive assortment of fighter jets and helicopters. Non-claustrophobic guests should descend into the Growler, the only American guided missile submarine open to the public, where you’re tiny New York living quarters will seem spacious and airy in comparison. If underwater living freaks you out though, then imagine taking to the skies, and beyond, in the Space Shuttle Pavilion where NASA orbiter, the Enterprise, is parked, which is fitting since during the 1960s the Intrepid was a NASA recovery vessel. A series of photographs, films and artifacts from the Enterprise’s career makes the history of space travel, which predated modern computers by decades, all the more awe-worthy.

Written by
Tolly Wright


Pier 86, Twelfth Ave at 46th St
New York City
Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
Prices vary by exhibit: $24–$31, seniors and students $20–$27, children $12–$24, veterans $17–$24, children under 3 and retired and active military personnel free
Opening hours:
Daily 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm, Holidays Apr-Nov: 10am-6pm
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Intrepid Museum’s Free Fridays

On select Friday nights from April to October, the Intrepid Museum opens its doors for free (tickets are usually $33), allowing visitors can explore the Museum and enjoy free after-hours programming. This month, visitors can head to the Space Shuttle Pavilion for a special presentation from "Astronautica: Voices of Women in Space"—a work of music, voice, and video by women composers that was based on the words of women astronauts and includes videos taken by the astronauts while onboard space shuttles. Museum educators will also be on hand with demonstrations and hands-on activities and local astronomers will be on the flight deck with high-powered telescopes to help visitors navigate the night sky and answer questions about astronomy and stargazing. Guests are welcome to bring their own binoculars or look through the telescopes of the experts. (There will be no access to the Submarine Growler or Concorde during Free Fridays and last entry is 8:30pm). Check the program schedule at

The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum's Summer Movie Series

A good number of free outdoor movie screenings are taking place all over town this summer, but none boast an ambiance quite like the one that attendees of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's Summer Movie Series get to revel in. After all, you get to watch some awesome movies while hanging out on the Intrepid's flight deck at sunset. How cool? The series, which celebrates the museum's 40th anniversary, already kicked off—but you've got three more screenings to attend before summer's end. Here is the upcoming schedule: June 24: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  July 29: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  August 26: Blade Runner The screenigs will take place on the selected Fridays from 5-9pm. What's more, guests will get to access the museum for free all day and just stick around for the film at night. Do make sure to bring some blankets and lawns chairs along. You can also bring your own food and drinks (alcohol is not permitted, though), but do note that some snacks will be sold on premise. Fair warning: the spots fill up fast—so make sure to get there pretty early!

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