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Your ultimate guide to visiting the Intrepid Museum in NYC

The Intrepid Museum is unlike any other museum in New York City. Housed on the former aircraft carrier, this museum is a vast ship full of naval and aerospace history. To gear up with everything you need for a hassle-free visit, read this page to know how to get there, must-see exhibits, dining options, amenities, visitor tips, and more.

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Best time to visit

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The best time to visit the Intrepid Museum is during the early hours of a weekday during spring (March to May) or fall (September to November), when the temperatures are milder and fewer crowds. Try to avoid visiting during the busy summer months (June-August) when waiting hours can be longer due to bigger crowds.

If you’re planning to visit on a weekend, try to wrap up your visit by 4pm as the extended hours tend to attract large crowds.

Where is the Intrepid Museum?

The Intrepid Museum is located on the West side of Manhattan on Pier 86, 12th Avenue and 46th Street.

Address: Pier 86, 12th Ave & 46th St, New York, NY, 10036, USA | Find on Maps

Closest landmark: Terminal 5

How to get to the Intrepid Museum?

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By public transport

  • By subway: Take the A, C, E, or S train to the 50th St. & 8th Avenue station. The Intrepid Museum is a short walk away from here.
  • By bus: You can take the M42 or M50 bus to the 12th Ave & 46th Street stop, conveniently located right at the museum's entrance.
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By car

You can drive down or hire a car to reach the Intrepid Museum from nearby places. Alternatively, you can take an Uber or Lyft or any cab to reach the museum.

Parking: You can park at one of these parking facilities near the pier of the museum.

  • Park Right: Located at 670 W. 43rd Street (between 11th Avenue and West Side Highway). This is an indoor and secure parking facility, open 24/7.
  • Manhattan Cruise Parking: You can park your vehicles at the Manhattan Cruise Parking which is a short walk away from the pier of the museum.

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  • Lockers: There are small lockers available at the museum which can store small bags and purses. Avoid carrying large bags and suitcases.
  • Gift shops: Gift shops are available in two locations within the museum where you can buy toys and souvenirs.
  • Restrooms: Accessible restrooms are conveniently located on various decks throughout the museum.
  • Restaurants: There are three dining options at the museum where you can enjoy light meals, desserts, and al fresco dining.
  • Vending Machines: Vending machines dispensing snacks and drinks are available on the pier and flight deck for a quick pick-me-up.
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The Intrepid Museum provides free specialized programs and resources to enhance the experience of all visitors, including those with disabilities. All levels of the museum are accessible. Standard manual wheelchairs are available free of charge and do not require reservations. You can contact the staff members at the entrance to assist you.

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The Intrepid Museum offers one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages, interests and group sizes.

  • The museum offers a variety of programs for individuals with disabilities and their families. 
  • Be sure to check out the ‘Exploreum’ where your kids can pilot a virtual plane!
  • The museum offers kid-friendly fare alongside adult selections, ensuring everyone finds something tasty.
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  • Firearms or dual-use items are not permitted.
  • Drones, unmanned aircraft systems, and other remote-flying devices are not allowed.
  • All bags and camera cases will be inspected upon entry. No bag check facilities are available, and large bags and suitcases are not allowed inside the museum.
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is strictly prohibited anywhere on museum property, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid wearing loosely fitted clothes, dangling jewelry, and open-toed shoes, high heels as they could be a safety hazard or get caught in the tight passages of the museum.
  • Outside food and beverages are not permitted. Enjoy delicious options from on-site cafes and restaurants spread throughout the complex.
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Intrepid Museum Plan Your Visit
Intrepid Museum Plan Your Visit

The Intrepid has one main entrance conveniently located on Pier 86, accessible via stairs or elevators near the Hudson River Park at 46th Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan.

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What to see at the Intrepid Museum?

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Permanent collections

The Intrepid Museum is packed with an impressive array of real-deal military hardware. We're talking battle-scarred uniforms, perfectly restored planes, and amazing relics from epic 20th century naval campaigns. Get up close to the incredible ‘Enterprise’, in the Space Shuttle Pavilion to witness the prototype spaceship that paved the way for future space exploration. Walk on the flight deck of the ship where Kamikaze planes crashed the Intrepid during World War II.

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Rotating exhibitions

The Intrepid Museum keeps things fresh with mind-blowing exhibits that change throughout the year. Dive deep into the history of space exploration with a recent exhibit like ‘Apollo: When We Went to the Moon’. This immersive experience explores the legendary Apollo program and the incredible feats of engineering that landed humans on the lunar surface for the first time. Or, for a glimpse into the future, explore the challenges and triumphs of space travel with a rotating exhibit on the colonization of Mars.

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Interactive experiences

Prepare for an adventure beyond the ordinary! The Intrepid Museum offers a range of immersive encounters. Buckle up for heart-pounding 4D films that transport you to the front lines of battle or launch you into the cosmos. Climb into flight simulators, where you’ll feel the G-forces as if you were piloting a fighter jet. Don't miss the 'Exploreum' exhibit! This hands-on haven lets you experience the thrill of a lunar landing or test your piloting skills on a virtual plane.

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Performances and screenings

Beyond artifacts and exhibits, the museum pulses with life. It hosts captivating performances, film screenings, and special events that bridge the gap between past and present. Imagine sitting in the same hangar bay where aircraft once roared, now transformed into a stage for live music or thought-provoking theater. Let history come alive as you witness performances that resonate across time.

Visitor tips

  • Due to its popularity, lines for the Growler submarine experience fill up fast. To ensure you get to explore it, prioritize this exhibit early in your visit and avoid missing out by waiting until later.
  • The Museum has three virtual reality 4D film simulator experiences. These are not part of the regular tickets and cost an extra $11 per ride per visitor, which can be booked at the venue.
  • For the 4D Experience simulator, a height of 1 meter (40 inches) tall is required. For G-Force Encounter, the height requirement is 1.07 meters (42 inches) with an adult, and 1.22 meters (48 inches) without an adult.
  • The Intrepid Museum is a large facility, so you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes to make your visit more enjoyable.
  • Coat check facilities are not available at the site. However there are locker facilities to store small bags. So bring smaller bags and only necessary things with you on your visit.



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Frequently asked questions about visiting the Intrepid Museum

How much does it cost to visit the Intrepid Museum?

General admission tickets start at $32.4 for adults, with discounts for children, seniors, and military personnel.

What are the Intrepid Museum opening hours?

The Intrepid Museum is open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. It is open until 6pm on weekends and public holidays.

How long do I need to spend at the Intrepid Museum?

You will need about 3 hours at the Intrepid Museum if you plan to explore all the exhibits.

Where is the Intrepid Museum located?

The Intrepid Museum is located at Pier 86, 12th Avenue & 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036.

Is there a café or restaurant at the Intrepid Museum?

Yes, there are two permanent dining options at the Intrepid Museum: the Aviator Grill and the Intrepid Marketplace (which is only open to the museum members). There is also Pier Side Cafe that is open seasonally.

Does the Intrepid Museum have a shop?

Yes, the Intrepid Museum has a gift shop where you can find a range of merchandise and gift ideas inspired by maritime history and the exhibits of the museum.

Are dogs allowed inside the Intrepid Museum?

No, pets are not permitted inside the museum. However, service animals trained to perform a task directly related to a person’s disability are always welcome at the museum.

Is the Intrepid Museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Intrepid Museum is wheelchair accessible except for two areas: the USS Growler Submarine and the Concorde aircraft. The museum offers lightweight stools that you can borrow from the information desk at no additional cost.

Are there toilets at the Intrepid Museum?

Yes, there are accessible restrooms located throughout the museum except for the flight deck region.

Is photography allowed inside the Intrepid Museum?

Yes, personal photography for non-commercial use is allowed. However, the use of tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, and other similar devices is not permitted.

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