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Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum at Pier 86 on the West Side of Manhattan. The museum opened in 1982 after the USS Intrepid was saved from scrapping. Later, the Intrepid became a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 1988, the museum was awarded USS Growler, a Grayback-class submarine, which carried nuclear missiles, by the United States Congress from the United States Navy and is now on display and available for tours. In 2011, ownership of the Space Shuttle Enterprise was transferred to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a nonprofit institution featuring the world’s fastest jets and a guided-missile submarine. The Museum exhibitions and collection feature the technologically advanced aircraft and vessels highlighting innovation and bravery. During 2001, the Intrepid served as temporary field headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as it began its investigation of the September 11 attacks.

The museum’s collection includes:

  • US Air Force fighter Aircraft
  • US Navy fighter Aircraft
  • US Marine Corps fighting Aircraft
  • US Army helicopters
  • US Coast Guard helicopters
  • NASA capsule replica and the Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • Commercial Aircraft
  • Non-USA Fighter Aircraft
  • US Navy Equipment from the USS Intrepid and other famous naval ships

Exhibits of the Museum of the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum

Visiting Tips for Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

  • All bags and cases will be inspected before entry.
  • Bag and coat check facilities are NOT available. Leave large bags and luggage at your hotel.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Avoid items that can get caught while climbing in and out of exhibits.
  • Visit on a dry day, as during inclement weather, the Museum may close the flight deck and Space Shuttle Pavilion for the safety of visitors.
  • Food options are available.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

  • Name:               Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • City:                   New York
  • Country:            United States
  • Established:      1982
  • Type:                 Military History Museum
  • Address:            12th Avenue and 46th Street, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
– Benjamin Franklin

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Photo Credit: By Ad Meskens (Own work) [Copyrighted free use, CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

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