The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum without a doubt one of America's most fascinating and interesting air, space, and maritime history museums and is one of the largest such museums in the world. The Museum has a massive range of exhibits some of the most notable being the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane, the cruise missile submarine USS Growler, and the iconic Space Shuttle the Enterprise. It really should be a part of anyone's New York City itinerary while exploring this fascinating city.
Since reopening in 2008 after a 1.5-year renovation, it includes new exhibits and is more impressive than ever. They have a massive range of aircraft (mostly naval aircraft on display from iconic fighters to embarrassing flops like the McDonnell F3H Demon.
The exhibits at the Intrepid, Sea, Air, and Space museum are too many to list here, but here are some of the most notable.
- F-16 Fighting Falcon: The Air Force's Most Numerous Fighter Jet
- USS Intrepid: (CV-11) Essex Class Carrier That Serviced In World War Two
- USS Growler: Diesel Electric Submarine That Once Carried Nuclear Weapons
- F-14 Tomcat: The Naval Fighter Jet Seen In Tom Cruise's Top Gun
- AV-8C Harrier: An Incredible V/STOL Attack Aircraft That Distinguished Itself In British Service In The Falklands War
- Space Shuttle Enterprise: Not As Cool As Star Trek's Constitution or Galaxy Class Enterprise But They're Still Another 2 Centuries Off
- British Airways Concorde: The Legendary Supersonic Passenger Airline That Flew From New York To London In 2 Hours 52 Minutes And 59 Seconds
USS Intrepid CV-11
The USS Intrepid is perhaps the single largest attraction of the museum and was one of the 24 Essex class aircraft carriers built during World War II that utterly overwhelmed what was left of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was commissioned in August 1943 and participated in the major naval engagement at the Battle of Leyte Gulf that devasted the failing Japanese forces.
- Class: Essex Class
- Commissioned: August 1943
- Major Battle: Battle Of Leyte Gulf
- Its Unlucky WW2 Career: She Was Unlucky In WW2 And Spent Much Of Her Time In Dry Dock For Repairs
- Hits Taken: She Was Hit Once By Torpedo And Four Separate Times By Japanese Kamikaze Aircraft Earning Her The Nicknames "Decrepit" and "the Dry I"
- Decommissioned: 1974
After the war, the Western Allies (America and Britain) were left with giant navies and no credible naval enemies, so many many ships were quickly decommissioned. The USS Intrepid was also decommissioned shortly after the war but was then modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s. During her second life (now has an attack carrier and then an anti-submarine carrier) she would go on to serve in the Vietnam War. There she had a prominent role in the conflict.
In 1982 she went on to become the founding member of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Space Shuttle Enterprise
For those keen to learn about the voyages of the space shuttle Enterprise and its multi-year mission to boldly shuttle astronauts to seek out new knowledge of space, then come into the museum's Enterprise exhibit.
The Enterprise was the second space-rated orbiter in service and was built to carry out atmospheric test flights after being launched from a modified Boeing 747. It was built without engines or a working heat shield, so she was never actually used or capable of spaceflight nor was it capable of seeking out new life or new civilizations.
- Rolled Out: September 17, 1976
- Operator: NASA
- Spaceflight: Never - Test Platform
Enterprise was originally placed on display at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia but following the retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet, she was replaced by the Discovery. She was then transferred to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in 2012.
Visiting The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Today visiting the museum is one of the main highlights of exploring the Big Apple - NYC is more than the Empire State Building, Central Park, and pizzas. But be aware that everyone entering the museum must be fully vaccinated and closures from the pandemic are fluid and evolving. To check on current information see their website at Intrepid Museum.
- Covid-19: To Visit The Museum All Entrants Over 12 Years Of Age Must Show Proof Of Being Fully Vaccinated
- Days Open: 7 Days A Week
- Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost Of Admission:
- Adults: $33.00 (Aged 13 to 64 Years Old)
- Seniors: $31.00 (Aged Over 64 Years Old)
- Children: $24.00 (Aged 5 to 12 Years Old)
Visiting the museum is a great excursion. It is fun and educational and perfect for families and individuals alike. There is so much naval and other equipment to see and learn about here.