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“Terrific attraction, well-worth the price of admission” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
12th Avenue & 46th Street, Pier 86, New York City, NY 10036 (Midtown)
+1 212-245-0072
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a nonprofit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world's fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. Welcoming over one million visitors annually, the Museum includes the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world's first space shuttle that paved the way for America's successful Space Shuttle Program. On display are more than two dozen authentically restored aircraft, including the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird, the world's fastest military jet and spy plane, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The Museum also includes the submarine Growler, the only American diesel-powered strategic missile submarine open to the public; the Exploreum Interactive Hall, a fully interactive exhibit space; an 18,000 sq. ft. education center; and Pier 86, a publicly accessible pier that is part of the Hudson River Park Trust. Download our free iPhone app, Mission Intrepid: Explore Enterprise, from the App Store today, and enhance your experience in the Space Shuttle Pavilion! The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.
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“Terrific attraction, well-worth the price of admission”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We are so happy we reserved a guided tour at our recent visit to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. There were 5 people in our group led by a very well-informed guide. We spent 90 minutes on the hangar and flight decks led by our guide, Jason. One terrific feature was actually riding the airplane elevator which transported the airplanes from the storage/repair deck up to the flight deck for take-off. Once we were up on the flight deck, we were shown many of the planes that were associated with the Intrepid during its years of service before being retired in 1974. We learned about the different jobs onboard an aircraft carrier. The guide answered any and all questions, a very pleasant 5 hours spent at a terrific attraction in NYC!

Visited October 2013
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“A worthwhile visit while in Manhattan.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Intrepid has a trifecta of rare, world-renown aircraft including a Blackbird, the Space Shuttle Enterprise and a British Airways Concorde. As air museums go, it's not the best. As space museums go, it's not the best. As a naval warship museum, it's one of the best. They've got some good aircraft exhibits, a unique Cold War submarine (USS Growler) and, of course, the Intrepid itself. I think the highlights of the Intrepid are the hangar deck exhibits and the ship's spaces that are open for view. I think the Intrepid is also more kid-friendly than, say, the USS Missouri. In any case, there's a lot of history to be seen as well as former crewman who serve as volunteers to answer questions. The ticket fee for adults for the Intrepid and Growler starts at $24, but there are discounts for seniors, veterans, children and active duty (free). It's a good way to spend half a day for those with an interest in ships, aircraft or military history.

Visited September 2013
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“buy online or use local tourist booklets to save you money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

for about 4 hours of viewing it was over $100 for the 4 of us including the space shuttle museum. downstairs had an au bon pain bakery where we re-fueled our energy and returned to the exhibit.
there were many interactive software in the main floor which my children really enjoyed. we also tried the simulator which could be found elsewhere.

Visited October 2013
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“Very much worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Seen the Intrepid on TV many times and always wondered if it would be interesting to visit. And it certainly was - especially as they now have a Space Shuttle too.

The entry to the event was somewhat frustrating with 'Airport Style Security' where the staff doing the checks/searches were less than communicative and with little direction - I'm not sure anybody knew what was going on. Anyway, once passed this - we joined the 3 layer deep ticket queue. PLease - everybody book online in advance. Don't put yourself through this ridiculous situation. 15 Ticket windows, staffed by 4 people and an additional person marshalling you to 1 of the 3 vacant windows available for non pre-book collection. I would rather not be told which of the 3 windows was the next one to be free (I can see) - and have the additional person selling tickets... .. or maybe have all 15 windows open so I didn't have to queue for 20 minutes.

Drama over - and the event was great. Intrepid was pretty excellent on the top deck, the shuttle exhibition was cool - albeit with Enterprise which never flew a real mission - just a test build.

Ran out of time to see the Submarine and Concord was shut. Still - pretty good 2-3 hours I'd say.

Sort out the entry system and you've got yourself a great venue !

Visited October 2013
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“Unique experience for enthusiasts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Entering the carrier is an exclusive experience to go back in time and imagine yourself a member of the U.S. military troops. Soldier ammenities, such like the kitchen and some restrooms were fully preserved from the time the carrier was in service.
You can also visit a tight and intricate nuclear submarine.
In the upper deck several aviation icons are exposed, including the legendary Concorde, the F14, the Lockheed "Blackbird" and several helicopters.
This tour worths every penny! One of the best things to do in NYC!

Visited November 2012
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