Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
12th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Right off the Hudson River is this great aircraft carrier. Launched on April 26, 1943, this Vessel was disposed of and donated as a Historic Memorial some 37 years later in 1982 by the US Navy. According to the US Navy, this vessel stands at a length of 899 ft. ‘Funny, you’d think it was much longer just by looking at it! It had accommodations for 378 Officers and 2,952 Enlisted men plus a dead weight of 12,300 tons. Alongside the Intrepid are the Destroyer, USS Edison, and the submarine, USS Growler as well as the recently added USS Enterprise Space Shuttle.
Within the Intrepid’s Hangar is quite a number of aircraft available for your viewing, a flight simulator, many educational sections, documentary style movies (with a theater or two) and some truly spectacular computerized consoles from which you’ll learn of the US Military’s naval, air and ground forces past and present. On the deck itself are many more aircraft and picture taking moments for you and the entire family. It’s quite an experience to board the Intrepid! There’s so much to see that a single day simply isn’t enough.
Now home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier Intrepid; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive collection of 27 aircraft including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. Guests can experience areas of the ship including the Flight Deck, Hangar Deck, fo’c’sle (commonly known as the anchor chain room), new multimedia presentations and exhibit collections, interactive educational stations and a state-of-the-art public pier.
Guests to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum also can experience the 12,240 square-foot interactive Exploreum – which contains a variety of hands-on exhibits – that teaches guests about the different properties of the sea, air, space and living at sea as each relates to the ship Intrepid. In the Exploreum, guests can experience a flight simulator, transmit messages using Morse code, sit on the bunk of a crewmember, learn how the Intrepid turned salt water into fresh water and perform various tasks while wearing space gloves.