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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 USS Intrepid, which was active from 1943 to 1974.

Besides the Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid at the Intrepid Museum, you will also see the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the submarine Growler, and British Airways Concorde.

The museum is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike and is a must-visit for anyone interested in military history, aviation, or space exploration.

This article explains everything you need to know before buying Intrepid Museum tickets.

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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 recommended by tourists who have visited this new York attraction.

Hangar Deck

Visitors start their tour of Intrepid Museum with the Hangar Deck.

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 ship’s sailors lived.

You also see an eight-minute movie on Intrepid’s history at the Hangar deck.

Flight Deck

At the Flight Deck, visitors can admire around 25 plus authentically restored aircraft in an impressive display.

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

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 contains exhibits from the ship’s service in World War II.

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

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

Space Shuttle Pavilion

Space Shuttle Pavilion at Intrepid Museum
Enterprise rests at the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Image: Intrepidmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

USS Growler submarine

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

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

Sometimes there is a queue to get into the submarine.

The Concorde

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

The supersonic jet carried travelers across the Atlantic at record speeds.

Only twenty such aircraft were built, including six prototypes.

New Concorde Experience at Intrepid

The New Concorde Experience at Intrepid Museum is a 20-minute tour of the 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 you can buy the tickets at the Museum’s box office or Information Desk for $9.

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

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Intrepid Museum tickets

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

How these tickets work

Intrepid Museum tickets

You get physical tickets when you buy Intrepid Museum tickets at the venue (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: Dicasnovayork.com.br

During purchase, you must select a time and date for your visit.

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

On the day of your visit, you must reach the Museum within 30 minutes of your time slot. You cannot enter beforehand.

Since you have already bought Intrepid Museum tickets online, you can skip the long lines at the ticket counter and head for the entrance.

At the Museum’s entrance, show the ticket you received in your email, and walk in.

Please bring a valid ID because you may have to show it along with your ticket.

Kids four years and below get in for free, and an adult must accompany all guests under 16.

There are four types of Intrepid Museum tickets you can choose from –

Priority Access Ticket

This is the cheapest Intrepid Museum ticket and also the most popular.

It allows you to access 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): $32
Child ticket (5 to 12 years): $23
Senior ticket (65+ years): $31

Because of the pandemic, this is the only ticket available. Also, Concorde exhibit is closed for visitors.

Priority Entry + 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 must be at least 40 inches (102 cm) tall.

Ticket price

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

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

Due to the pandemic, visitors are not allowed to use the simulators. As a result, this Intrepid Museum combo is not available.

Priority Entry + Transporter Experience

Along with priority access to Intrepid Museum, this ticket also gets you access to Transporter FX, a simulator that 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): $43
Child ticket (5 to 12 years): $38
Senior ticket (65+ years): $34

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

Due to the pandemic, visitors are not allowed to use the simulators. As a result, this Intrepid Museum combo is not available.

Priority Entry + Intrepid 101 guided tour

This is a perfect option if you are traveling with kids ten years and above.

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

Visitors learn about the history of Intrepid and explore the hangar deck, where engineers maintained the aircraft and the flight deck, which launched numerous aircraft 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.

Wear comfortable shoes because this tour requires a lot of walking and standing.

Ticket price

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

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

Due to the pandemic, there are no guided tours of Intrepid Museum. As a result, this combo is not available.

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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, they must show valid identification at the entrance.

The identification can be an active duty ID, retiree or reservist military ID card, civilian retiree card, discharge papers, state-issued veteran designation on a 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 is extending its hours free of charge on the last Friday of April, June, July, August, and September from 5 pm to 9 pm.

The last entry on Free Fridays is at 8.30 pm.

All visitors must enter through the Welcome Center to receive a ticket before entering the Museum.

Entry is not guaranteed and is subject to capacity.

During these free entry Fridays, you can explore the Intrepid Museum and enjoy various free after-hours programs.

Intrepid Museum’s Free Fridays for 2023 are on 28 April, 30 June, 28 July, 25 August, and 29 September.

Free Fridays at the Museum come with some restrictions –

  1. A few programs may require registration at the venue
  2. The Concorde is not available for visitors entering for free
  3. The queues to Submarine Growler and Island bridges may close early

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How to reach Intrepid Museum

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

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

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

By NYC Metro Bus

Since the Museum is in West Manhattan, you can use all cross-town buses to reach the attraction.

We recommend buses M34, M42, and M50.

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

By Metro Subway

Train routes A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, and 7 can take you to the military museum.

You must get down at 42nd Street-Port Authority Terminal and travel on foot to Twelfth Avenue, which will take approximately 15 minutes. 

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 it is best to take a taxi if you prefer a car to get to the Intrepid Museum.

However, you can use these three non-affiliated parking agencies if you are on a self-driving holiday.

Click here to know more about the nearby parking lots.

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Intrepid Museum hours

Intrepid Museum opens at 10 am and closes at 5 pm every day.

From April to October, the peak season, the Intrepid Museum extends the closing time to 6 pm on weekends and holidays to accommodate the additional tourists.

Tourist SeasonOpening timeClosing timeLast Entry
1 Oct – 31 Mar (Monday to Sunday and Holiday)10 am5 pm4 pm
1 Apr – 30 Sep (Monday to Friday)10 am5 pm4 pm
1 Apr – 30 Sep (Saturday. Sunday and Holidays)10 am6 pm5 pm

Last ticket gets sold out one hour before closing time.

When is Intrepid Museum closed?

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is closed twice yearly – Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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

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Best time to visit Intrepid Museum

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The 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: Myconfinedspace.com

The best time to visit Intrepid Museum is as soon as it opens at 10 am.

The Museum gets busy and also gets crowded in the afternoon.

Visit the Museum on weekdays as the weekends and holidays tend to get busy.

If you visit during peak hours, you will spend a lot of time waiting in the queues.

To avoid wasting time, buy Intrepid tickets in advance.

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How long does Intrepid Museum take?

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

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

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

If you spend much time waiting in the queues, this duration may get extended. To avoid wasting time in the ticketing queue, buy Intrepid tickets in advance.

Tourists are also 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 with kids

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

They get excited amongst the submarine, the Concorde, fighter planes, helicopters, aircraft carriers, and spaceships.

Keep time for the ‘Exploreum,’ which features a Bell 47 helicopter for a hands-on experience.

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

Only a few tourists get on the famed Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD daily. 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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Intrepid Museum audio guide

Intrepid Museum offers an audio guide for kids, adults, and the hearing impaired.

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

Visitors can book an audio guide for $10 per person at the attraction.

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

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Simulators at Intrepid Museum

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

These simulators are not part of the regular Intrepid Museum tickets and cost an extra – $11 per ride per visitor, which you can book at the venue.

Stories of the Intrepid 4D Experience

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: Exploreum

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 the fun.

The 360 degrees of movement possible with this simulator make it all the more enjoyable.

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

Location: Exploreum

Transporter FX (Closed during Winter)

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

Once you step into the Transporter FX, you get assigned 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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