I am a massive star trek fan. I can’t hide it and I won’t so being able to...well we will get to the geekgasm shortly.
This massive engineering behemoth sits on the Hudson, now retired (and volunteered on by retired vets) she sits there with a teasing look onto her flight deck from the ground, enticing you in to see what else she might be hiding.
Once you get in you really start to get an idea of what it was like to serve, whether it’s from the vets talking or the mocked up sleeping areas it gives you an idea all be it brief of what things must have been like in the belly of the beast.
However its so much more than just exploring an aircraft carrier (like that’s not enough).
At the back of the lot you can find a Concorde, yes a real one. Sadly you can’t go inside but it’s fantastic to walk around this beast and imagine what it must have been like as it darted across the sky in record time.
Up on the flight deck there are many and varied helicopters, fighter planes and one very special plane, the SR71. The blackbird. The ultimate spy plane.
Downstairs again you find the USS Growler. A submarine so dinky I can’t imagine spending days and weeks cooped up in it. The walking tour was enough to make me feel claustrophobic. What those went through all those years ago sent a shiver down my spine.
Back to the the flight deck though for the best part in my opinion, remember way back at the start I said I was a massive Star Trek fan. So the Intrepid hides a big secret in a hanger at the end of the flight deck.
It’s an actual, holy cow space craft. It’s a real shuttle, you can walk under it, almost touch the tiles on the bottom. This thing is without a doubt the sexist thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Raw power and something that has actually left Earth and returned!!
And best of all; it’s name: Enterprise.
Visited on our last day in New York. Had a fantastic time here. We would have done the Concord tour too but didn’t have the time. Went in the submarine, saw the space shuttle and the aircraft carrier. Staff were knowledgeable, very friendly and professional. Really great way to spend a half day whilst in New York.
I visited this museum twice over the summer, once solo and once with my young son. It is an extraordinary museum. Content rich and housing a collection of magnificent and iconic exhibits. There is something for anyone that is interested in military history, navel warfare and the accomplishments of man in flight. So much interesting detail and accompanying explanation. This museum is an awesome demonstration of the power of the US military and the power of the American spirit.
It is not really one museum. It is five. All incredible;
- An aircraft carrier that served over a generation and was deployed in many battles including the epic WWII Pacific conflict where the aircraft carrier came of age. One can tour the ship and talk to veteran servicemen who served on the Intrepid
- An iconic collection of USAF and US naval aircraft including the A12 (the Blackbird forerunner), F14 Tomcat, F16 plus an early Russian MIG.
- A early nuclear armed submarine (the Growler) that one can tour and a fascinating exhibition about its history and how it operated
- The space shuttle and an exhibition of its history
- And finally a British Airways Concorde. An aircraft I was fortunate to fly many times. The tour brought tears to my eyes as air travel has gone backwards since the days when 100 people could fly twice a day for 3.5 hours from London to NYC at Mach 2, reaching around 60,000 feet without having to wear a spacesuit
There were additional side exhibits on the Vietnam conflict, the Japanese Kamikaze attacks on the ship (it was hit several times) and a movie theatre that shows supporting films about the Intrepid, life on an aircraft carrier and more. And a children’s area with several simulator rides.
When I visited for the first time solo I arrived at 10am and left at about 4pm. What a day! There was so much to see that I did not stop for lunch and did not have time to visit the Growler (the submarine).
There is something for anyone interesting in sea warfare and flight. I learned so much. In an era where so many museums have become more like indoor-theme parks, devoid of real substantive content or soul, this museum is a wonderful exception. Thank you to all who created and preserve this wonderful history of American accomplishment (and thank you for adding Concorde as one cannot tour it in London).
The museum is hugeee and really interesting! The submarine was great (They let only limited number of people in at once, so you have to wait a little, but you'll feel relieved since you have to follow the path and there's not too much space inside.) There a lot of interesting stuff for kids as well, which I can also recommend for adults. Make sure you put a couple of hours aside for this attraction.
Small by today’s standards, the Intrepid is a marvel of engineering, design, human ingenuity, and warrior spirit!
Our sailors are unparalleled in world history!
Total committed to their duty they helped save the Western world, and laid the groundwork to rebuild the Eastern world, especially Japan!
Honor, duty, integrity, warrior spirit, mission driven they were heroic, noble, brave, kind, and fierce.
We thank you for your service.
The Intrepid Museum is unique.....a must see for every American....in fact for every person on our planet!
“Home of the free....because of the brave!
New York, NY
This tour could take 3-4 hours if you want to take in all of the displays and experiences. The Intrepid museum is an excellent tribute to the men who served on her and chronicles the history of the ship. A nice bonus here is the shuttle Enterprise and the Cold War submarine the Growler. Watch your head if you’re taking the sub tour - I hit my head a couple of times on bulkheads. Show up early to avoid line-ups.