Intrepid Museum – tickets, prices, discounts, guided tours, hours

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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a military and maritime museum, located in New York.

It is dedicated to the history of the US Naval Aircraft carrier called USS Intrepid, which was in active service from 1943 to 1974.

At the Intrepid Museum, besides the Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid, you will also see the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the Submarine Growler, and British Airways Concorde.

In this article, we explain everything you need to know before you visit the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Best time to visit
4. Tour duration
5. Free entry
6. Intrepid Museum tickets
7. Audio Guide
8. What to see?
9. Intrepid for kids
10. Simulators at Intrepid Museum

Where is Intrepid Museum

Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid is berthed on the Hudson River as the center piece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

It is at Pier 86, West 46th Street, New York City, 10036.

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How to reach Intrepid Museum

Public transport is the best way to get to the Intrepid Museum.

By NYC Metro Bus

Since the Museum is located in West Manhattan, all cross-town buses going towards the West can be used to reach the attraction.

We recommend buses M34, M42 and the M50.

In fact, M50 can drop you off right in front of Intrepid Museum.

By NYC Metro Subway

Choose from any of the following trains – A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, and 7 – depending on where you are boarding from.

You must get down at 42nd Street-Port Authority Terminal and travel on foot to Twelfth Avenue, where the Museum is located.

This will be a 15-minutes walk.

If walking isn’t an option, you can take the M42 West Bus to Hudson River.

Intrepid Museum parking

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex has no parking facilities.

That’s why if you prefer a car to get to the Intrepid Museum, it is best to take a taxi.

However, if you are on a self-driving holiday, you can make use of the three non-affiliated parking agencies for the Museum. More info here

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Intrepid Museum hours

From November 1 to March 31, the Intrepid Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm, every day of the week.

From April 1 to October 31, which is the peak season, the Intrepid Museum extends the closing time to 6 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

On the rest of the days, the closing time remains 5 pm.

Tourist SeasonOpening timeClosing time
Nov 1 – Mar 31
10 am5 pm
Apr 1 – Oct 31
10 am5 pm
Apr 1 – Oct 31
10 am6 pm

All through the year, the last entry is one hour before closing time.

When is Intrepid Museum closed?

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is closed on two days in a year – Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Occasionally, specific areas of the Museum close down maintenance, construction, or new exhibit development.

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Best time to visit Intrepid Museum

Aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, which survived five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike during World War 2, is the center piece of the Intrepid Museum. Image:

It is best to reach the Intrepid Museum as soon as it opens at 10 am.

You can then explore this predominantly outdoors Museum much before the Sun gets hot.

Starting early, also gives you enough time to see all the exhibits on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

However, reaching Intrepid Museum early also has its drawbacks.

Since everybody wants to start their Intrepid tour early, the queues at the ticketing counter and the security checks are long.

When you buy Intrepid Museum tickets online you can skip the long queues at the ticketing counter.

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How long does Intrepid Museum take?

If your question is, “how long does Intrepid Museum take?” well, the answer is “it depends on you.”

If you are not travelling with kids and just want to look around and take photographs you can finish exploring the Intrepid Museum in two hours.

If you want to explore the Aircraft Carrier, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the Submarine Growler, and the Concorde at the Intrepid Museum properly, you will need at least four hours.

If you spend a lot of time waiting in the queues, this duration may get extended. To avoid wasting time, buy Intrepid tickets in advance.

Tourists are known to spend 30 to 60 minutes at the food court, which offers a wide assortment of choices.

Tip: Wear comfortable shoes, as there will be a lot of walking.

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Intrepid Museum free admission

Kids four years and younger can enter the Intrepid Museum for free.

Similarly, US military folks – both active and veterans – can enter the Museum for free.

However, valid identification must be produced at the entrance.

The identification can be active duty ID, retiree or reservist military ID card, civilian retiree card, discharge papers, state-issued veteran designation on driver’s license or identification card or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Identification Card (VIC).

Spouses of active military men and women also get a 20% discount on admission to the Museum.

Intrepid Museum Free Fridays

The Intrepid Museum also offers free admission on select Friday nights from 5 pm to 8 pm.

The last entry on Free Fridays is at 7.30 pm.

During these free entry Fridays, you get to explore the Intrepid Museum and enjoy a variety of free after-hours programs.

In 2020, the Intrepid Museum Free Fridays are planned for 24 April, 29 May, 26 June, 31 July, 28 August, 25 September.

Free Fridays at the Museum come with some restrictions –

  1. A few programs may require registration at the venue
  2. The Concorde won’t be available for visitors to explore
  3. The queues to Submarine Growler and Island bridges may close early

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Intrepid Museum tickets

This priority entrance tickets for the Intrepid Museum is the best way to explore military and maritime history.

How these tickets work

When you buy Intrepid Museum tickets at the venue, you get physical tickets (as in the pic).

However, we recommend you buy your tickets online, much in advance, to avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. Image:

Immediately after purchase, these tickets are emailed to you. There is no need to take printout.

On the day of your visit, just show the ticket in your email at the Museum entrance and walk in.

These tickets help you save time because you get to skip the long lines at the ticketing counter.

These tickets are valid for a month and you can visit on any day within one month of your scheduled ticket date.

*Kids four years and below get in for free and all guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Intrepid Museum ticket inclusions

Intrepid tickets can be booked in four different combinations.

1. Priority Access Ticket

This is the cheapest Intrepid Museum ticket.

It gets you access to the four main attractions – Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Space Shuttle Pavilion, the submarine USS Growler and the Concorde.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): USD 33
Child ticket (5 to 12 years): USD 24
Senior ticket (65+ years): USD 31

On the ticket booking page you must select ‘Priority Access Tickets’

2. Priority Access Ticket + 4D Experience

Besides priority access to Intrepid Museum, this ticket also gets you a memorable 4D Simulator Experience.

You wear 3D glasses and experience an eight-minute 4D movie, featuring never-before-seen historical footage.

To get on this simulator and enjoy immersive stories of courage and heroism, visitors need to be at least 40 inches (102 cms) tall.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): USD 43
Child ticket (5 to 12 years): USD 38
Senior ticket (65+ years): USD 34

On the ticket booking page you must select ‘with 4D Experience’

3. Priority Access Ticket + Transporter Experience

Along with priority access to Intrepid Museum, this ticket also gets you access to Transporter FX, a simulator which takes you on a six-minute virtual motion adventure.

Transporter FX re-creates the thrill of flying a Navy fighter Jet even as you go on a training mission with the Screaming Eagles.

Visitors must be at least 38 inches (96.5 cms) for this ride.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): USD 43
Child ticket (5 to 12 years): USD 38
Senior ticket (65+ years): USD 34

On the ticket booking page you must select ‘with Transporter Experience’

4. Priority Access Ticket + Intrepid 101 guided tour

If you are travelling with kids ten years and above, this is a perfect option for you.

Besides priority Intrepid Museum entry, this ticket also includes a 60-minute guided tour of the attraction.

Visitors get to learn about the history of Intrepid, explore the hangar deck, where aircraft were maintained and the flight deck, which launched numerous aircrafts into war.

On weekdays the Intrepid tour starts at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and on weekends (and holidays) they are scheduled for 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.

Once you reach the Museum, you will get the timeslot for your guided tour.

The time slot is for the tour. You can visit the Museum whenever you want.

You may want to wear comfortable shoes because this tour requires a lot of walking and standing.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): USD 48
Child ticket (5 to 12 years): USD 43
Senior ticket (65+ years): USD 36

On the ticket booking page you must select ‘Museum Tickets with Intrepid 101’

All guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult while visiting the Intrepid Museum.

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Intrepid Museum audio guide

Intrepid Museum offers an audio guide which is suitable for both kids and adults.

In fact, even the hearing impaired can use the Intrepid Museum’s audio guide.

The guide recommends places where you must stop and explore in depth, thus making it a memorable tour.

Tours are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Chinese.

The audio guide can be bought at the venue.

Cost: $10 per person

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What to see in the Intrepid Museum?

There is so much to see at Intrepid Museum that you will need the whole day to experience it all.

Here are some highlights, recommend by tourists who have visited this new York attraction before.

1. Hangar Deck

This is how the visitors start their tour of this Museum.

The Hanger Deck has two sides to it – on the left-hand side you see Intrepid’s technology. And on the starboard side, you get an idea of how the sailors of the ship lived.

At the Hangar deck, you also get to see an eight-minute movie on the history of the Intrepid.

2. Flight Deck

You get to admire the two dozen plus authentically restored aircrafts in an impressive display.

These aircrafts represent all the branches of US Military – Army, Air Force, Navy, and the Coast Guard.

3. Combat Information Center

The Combat Information Center is in the Gallery Deck, and houses the radar, sonar and intelligence the Naval men used.

This part of the Intrepid Museum tour is filled with exhibits from the ship’s service in World War II.

Don’t miss out on the pneumatic tubes, which were used to send messages from one point to another on the ship.

Kids brought up in the digital age will find it fascinating.

4. Space Shuttle Pavilion

Enterprise rests at the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Image:

At the Space Shuttle Pavilion, you get to see ‘Enterprise.’

Enterprise is the prototype orbiter, which would go on to be the foundation of America’s space shuttle program.

The orbiter is massive, and you get to see it from both below and above.

Even though the Enterprise was retired in 1976, it could make it to the Intrepid Museum only in 2012.

During your visit to the Space Shuttle Pavilion, you will get to know why.

5. USS Growler


The USS Growler is a guided missile submarine and is on display for the public – the only such tourist attraction in the whole of USA.

This part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC helps you understand and appreciate how sailors lived underwater for months at a time.

Sometimes there is a queue to get into the submarine.

6. The Concorde

The British Airways Concorde, which is on display is a must see at Intrepid.

This the supersonic jet carried travellers across the Atlantic at record speeds.

New Concorde Experience at Intrepid

During your visit, don’t miss out on this new 20-minute experience which takes guests inside Concorde’s first class cabin.

You also get a close up look at its sophisticated flight deck.

This tour is offered every 30 minutes beginning at 11 am and tickets can be bought at the Museum box office or Information Desk for $7.

Interesting, isn’t it? Book your tickets now!

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Intrepid Museum with kids

The Intrepid museum is a great place to visit with your kids.

Somehow boys are known to get excited amongst the submarine, the Concorde, fighter planes, helicopters, aircraft carrier and spaceship.

Do keep some time aside for the ‘Exploreum,’ which features a Bell 47 helicopter for a hands-on experience.

Once the star helicopter is explored, your child can try out the other air and sea crafts in the section.

Only a limited number of tourists get on the famed Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD every day. Do check it out early and sign up for the tour.

If your kid is old enough to handle it, don’t miss out on the simulators.

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Simulators at Intrepid Museum

The Museum has three simulators, which visitors of all age groups can enjoy.

All these simulators come for a price – $10 per ride per visitor, which you can book at the venue.

1. Stories of the Intrepid

In this simulator, you become one of the pilots on the aircraft carrier Intrepid.

This 8-minute film uses 4D technology, computer graphics and historical footage to simulate the environment for you.

All you have to do is, put on the 3D glasses issued to you and become the pilot.

Minimum height required: 1 meter (40 inches)

Location: Hangar 3

2. GForce Encounter

In this Intrepid Museum simulator, you become the pilot of a supersonic jet plane.

Since it is a two-person cockpit, you can find a co-pilot to join in the fun.

The 360 degrees of movement which is possible with this simulator, makes it all the more interesting.

Minimum height required:
1.07 meters (42 inches) if with an adult
1.22 meters (48 inches) if without an adult

Location: Exploreum

3. Transporter FX

This simulator gives you the experience of flying a Navy fighter jet.

Once you step into the Transporter FX, you are assigned on a six-minute training mission with the Screaming Eagles.

It is just the right virtual motion adventure for youngsters.

Minimum height required: 97 cms (38 inches)

Location: Pier 86 by Tower 3

To buy Intrepid Museum tickets and book simulator rides, click here.

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Yashika Bhati: Yashika travels to write. From capturing the endless sea from the coast of Thailand to walking barefoot on the sands of Sahara, the experience is everything to her, and she captures the experience in her words. For her, a good vacation includes the right amount of activity and rest. Favorite Cities: Istanbul, Hanoi, Cape Town, Singapore

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