The Intrepid was an aircraft carrier commissioned in 1943 and it served the military for nearly 40 years. Since 1982 it's been a museum showcasing and honouring the military and the Intrepid's history. I've never been on an aircraft carrier and I've always loved planes so this was a "must see" for us when we visited New York.
We headed over on a sunny day, perfect for walking around the flight deck examining the planes from various eras from WWII to fighter planes used in Afghanistan to the cutting edge SR71 Blackbird spy plane, one mean looking machine! The planes are lined up down both sides of one end of the deck. In the centre is the communications tower and navigation bridge. It gives you a great perspective on the ship. At the other end is one of the space shuttles. At this time (May 2013) it was not open to the public because it's canopy was badly damaged in a recent hurricane but should be re-opened to the public in the summer. You can see it from behind but also be aware if you want to get up close to it when it does reopen, you need a more expensive entry ticket.
On the hangar deck, there are lots of exhibits, a theatre with a film of the history of the Intrepid, models and more planes and interactive displays. They have a space capsule and a Russian Soyez re-entry space capsule as well. There is a gun turret and a helicopter that you can get in for photos and many other exhibits that will keep you occupied. You can see the chain room where the anchor chains are, anchors that weigh 30,000 pounds each. There is also an in-between deck where you can see the quarters and cookhouse and the pilot ready room.
There is a cafe on the ground/pier level and outside on the pier there is more to see. At the end of the pier is a Concorde jet and near the shore side of it is the USS Growler, a submarine. You can visit the submarine as well, to see how life on a cramped under-sea ship would be like. The Growler also has a cruise missile on display on its deck.
We didn't see everything as we were headed somewhere else on a time crunch but we really enjoyed what we did get to see. There are elevators to the various levels though possibly not for the bridge. The cost for general admission is 22 dollars but 29 if you want to see the space shuttle (when it opens). It's at Pier 86. Cross town busses M50 and M42 are the closest (that's 49th street and 42nd street). The closest subway stop is 42nd Street/Port Authority (8th/9th Ave) and you'll walk a few blocks east to the Hudson River and 12th Ave. The water taxi will let you off on the next pier where the Circle Line cruises are. The hop on hop off tour busses don't go over that way so you'd have to get off around Port Authority or Times Square and walk.
If you have ever wanted to see a US navy aircraft carrier up close this is where you need to go. The Intrepid museum is made up of three main "large" exhibits the USS Intrepid (Essex-class aircraft carrier), USS Growler (SSG 577 strategic diesel powered submarine), USS Edson (Forrest Sherman class destroyer) which was replaced by the Concorde.
I used to come here once a year when I was in ROTC for team building and leadership exercises. So, that would make the last time I was here some time back in 2000. Prices have changes from the last time I was here but off the Intrepid web site; $22 for adult, $18 for Seniors 62+, $17 Youth (3-17), $18 College Students, $17 for Veterans, Free for Active Duty/Retired Military/Museum Members/Child under 3. All ticket purchases will include a $2.00 Facility Fee. (Veterans will not be charged a facility fee). Open Weekdays 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm.
The main draw for me here was the Intrepid herself. I have always loved planes and the museum has about 26+/- planes and helicopters on the flight deck and hanger deck. Including the predecessor to my all time favorite aircraft the SR 71 Blackbird. So you should really take the time to check out the A-12 Blackbird here. The hanger deck is broken up into four areas the Navy Hall, Intrepid Hall, Michael Stern Hall, and the Technologies Hall. There is no real break up for these areas just flows into a different exhibit scheme. Each area has many interactive exhibits, whether it is something for you to climb up and look at like the "Turtle" a wooden sub used during the American Revolution or just sit and watch a movie. The main thing that I remember as being very popular amongst the cadets was the flight simulators which are not covered under the ticket price. The A-6 landing simulator is however is covered because it is just a little exhibit. Aside from the hanger decks museum aspect you can also look at the Islands/Bridges, Combat Information Center, Mess Deck & Marine Berthing as they would be if the ship was underway.
The USS Growler is very much like the USS Intrepid without the museum. You can take a look at the different areas of the sub like; Torpedo Room, Navigation, Control & Attack (bridge), Missile Guidance, Mess & Berthing, and the Engineering room, as well as a Regulus Cruise Missile SSM-N-8 which can be seen before boarding. Personal I never went aboard the Growler because I don't do well in small places but I heard it was something to see.
I am not sure as to why the USS Edson was replaced altogether but it was. When it was here you could walk around the deck, the bridge, as well as check out the impressive gun turrets from bow to Stern.
With the Concorde I am not really sure if you get to go into it and see things up close because it was added after my last trip here. Still, it is another plan to see in the Intrepid's ever growing collection.
For a web cam of the Intrepid deck
The Intrepid is a military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City. . The museum showcases the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST and a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane. The museum serves as a hub for the annual Fleet Week events. Visiting warships dock at the cruise ship terminals to the north, and events are held on the museum grounds and the deck of the Intrepid.
Originally founded in 1982, the museum was recdently renovated. There is a gift shop and fast food restaurant on the dock.
This is/was one of the most interesting sites that we took in, which is my opinion. This is an aircraft carrier that has 6 aircraft on the deck. In October 2006 they took the ship out of the bay docking area in order to clean up the siltation into that bay. It was causing the ship to be locked in if something was not done. The program had been discussed for a only time, and it was nearly too late to get out. It took many tugs and effort to remove. The carrier was in WWI and Korena and Vietmnam. It was one of the longest stays for an aircraft carrier. It got hit a lot by Kamikazees. The carrier has an open bay down under and the sheer size and open space it to be in awe. They also set it up as a museum where you could get the feel what WWII was like, and a nice film of the war contirbution it made. The ship is 900 feet long and was commissioned in 1943, and taken out of service in 1974, after being in Vietnam conflict also. The USS Growler sub is also worth a tour, which is right at that pier
It is open again in September 2008 for the tours and back to where it was dry docked before dredging the harbor and making repairs.
An aircraft restoration project has been going on for some time. The Intrepid is due back in NY on Octboer 2, 2008 and the museum is scheduled to re-open November 8, 2008.
We hadn't planned to go to the Intrepid, but enjoyed it very much. The Intrepid was one of the most successful ships in US History and is now a national historic landmark. A huge navy ship – aircraft carrier – that is a permanent “museum” docked in New York. The many planes on the flight deck were great. The huge hangar deck is divided into 4 galleries including a flight simulator. Check out the navigation bridge and the Combat Information Center. There is also a real Concorde. It was pretty cool to go inside – especially since they’re not in service anymore – but they are so narrow inside and didn’t seem too comfortable!!
I would definitely recommend spending a sunny afternoon here.
Free guided tours are available on a first come, first serve basis. Currently there are no ticket and hours information available.
I visited here on my first trip to new york and it was a great day and I would recommend it to old and young to go see. Unfortunately it is closed for refurbishment and is not reopening til late 2008. I didn't pay an actual individual admision due to having the city pass but I would imagine it would not be that expensive to pay seperately.
Several Hours can be spent wandering about the ship and looking at the various exhibits. The top deck was my favourite due to the many different planes which were on there all of which could be looked around within.
The Museum will close October 1st, 2006 for renovations. Take this opportunity to see this amazing piece of American history! Don't miss the films on the Intrepid's history & the Kamikaze. She survived three wars and the museum honors the brave men who called her home. Extraordinary planes including the Blackbird & Concorde can be viewed on the flight deck.
Been a while since I have been here. Infact it predates my time on a carrier myself. But it is still here and still open for all to come and get a glimpse of what life was like at sea in WW2.
They have expanded the museums to include other boats but the carrier remains the star of the collection.
Now Im not normally into planes and boats and my sister and I went along with this for the boys, but I must say I really enjoyed the tour. The huge aircraft carrier The Intrepid, is docked at Intrepid Square on Pier 86 of the Hudson River and looms high above the road. Docked next to her is The Growler, the only guided missile submarine open to the public, where you have to climb thru a dummy hatch to make sure you can get around below decks. If you get thru the hatch they let you on! Children under 6yrs are not allowed on. The Intrepid is a floating museum, a marvel of workmanship that has sustained 60 yrs or more after serving in the Second World War, surviving bomb and torpedo attacks and then in the 60´s becoming a prime recovery ship for NASA and the Space Race. She ended her career in 1974 as an anti- submarine carrier. In 1982 she was turned into the museum depicting the history of air,sea and space thru the 20th century. On the enormous hangar deck there are so many exhibits from the first submarine ever, up to one of the space shuttles rescued by the Intrepid when it fell back to earth 250 miles off course. Theres also a Top Gun flight simulator ride, which really gets the heart racing! A great day out for all the family.
If you are into military aircraft and/or ships then this is one of the coolest places in New York. The museum showcases the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, and the destroyer USS Edson. As of 2004 a Concorde supersonic airplane has been added to replace the USS Edson. The "Intrepid" houses a large collection of aircraft include an A-12 Blackbird, a British Royal Navy F-1 Scimitar, f-14 Tomcats, A-7 Corsairs, Harriers, a MIG-21, Cobra helicopters. There is an A-6 Intruder simulator onboard that you can try out as well. On the hanger deck is a Kamikaze Exhibit. As for the space side, real Apollo gear is on display next to replicas of such famous artifacts as Sputnik and the Gemini space capsule. The museum is open every day during the summer and closed Mondays and Tuesdays the rest of the year. The cost for the museum for an adult was $10 in 2000.
The USS Intrepid (CV/CVA/CVS-11) had a long distinguished military career starting in 1943. It was an Essex-class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. Intrepid participated in the Pacific War, most notably the Battle of Leyte Gulf, recovered space capsules of the Mercury and Gemini projects, and served in the Vietnam War. The ship was finally decommissioned in 1974.
USS Growler was a diesel electric submarine and was commissioned at Portsmouth on 30 August 1958. It was often armed withRegulus II sea-to-surface missiles, armed with nuclear warheads, and patrolled under a strict cloak of secrecy. Their patrols could last two months or more at a stretch and required them to remain submerged for hours and even days. Growler was decommissioned 25 May 1964.
The Intrepid Museum is centered around the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid. This WW-II Carrier was in service through Vietnam before being saved from the scrapyard and made into a museum.
The Intrepid has several "main" attractions: The Carrier Itself, A Submarine called the Growler, and more recently, the Concorde.
In addition to these attractions there is also a Cold War Exhibit with a section of the Berlin Wall, A September 11 exhibit with a piece of one of the planes that hit the towers, a Submarine Exhibit and one of the best two people flying games I've seen (Easy on the food if you are going to try it out!).
Although not as large as some Military History Museums, the Intrepid Museum is definately worth your time.
One morning we took the subway to Times Square and from there we just walked down towards Hudson River and we soon found the old aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. We got the tickets to enter the museum and we also got boarding passes to the Concorde which has been docked up at the museum. The museum itself is made up of the Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler and the Concorde.
We started on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier where we found lots and lots of planes including the amazing Blackbird. Most of the planes and helicopters can be found on the flight deck but some are also displayed in the hangar inside the ship. In the hangar there are also displays about space, the technology behind an aircraft carrier, some simulators and some hands on exhibits. It is also possible to check out the bridge of the Intrepid and the mess deck…conveniently turned into a McDonald’s restaurant.
We also lined up for a bit to get inside the Concorde. The Concorde is located on a barge and they let on board small groups at the time. We came in a door in the back and walked through the plane and out the front door. The seats in the plane were protected from curious visitors with glass which runs all the length of the plane from where we entered to where we went out. Walking though the plane was not really a big happening for me. On the other hand it would have been an amazing experience to have been on a Concorde when they where operative and in the air.
The last thing we visited was the USS Growler. After waiting for 20 minutes we got to see the inside of what they claim is the only intact strategic nuclear missile sub open people in the world. We were taken through the sub by a guide that told us a little bit about the different rooms. It is always fascinating to walk through submarines and see how much stuff they can squeeze into them.
The museum was fun at least if you are into history, planes etc. The general admission to the museum is 14.5$.
A great place to learn about modern aviation and navigation history. The museum is on the USS Intrepid, which was damaged in the Pacific during World War II. Today, it is docked on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan. There are many magnificent planes here.
Take a short walk from Times Square & head for the INTREPID SEA AIR SPACE MUSEUM. Here, one can explore the 900 foot-long aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid complete with vintage prop-planes & supersonic jet aircraft. Also among the tour is the missile submarine Growler & destroyer Edson.
Boys Toys Museum. Sorry if that sounds sexist, but this place is the best if you like big war ships, planes and well......being next to them - everything from the Blackbird to the Concorde!