Visit The Intrepid Museum in New York City

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex

Don’t Miss The Amazing Intrepid Museum Complex in New York City

If your travels should take you to New York City, then a stop at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is definitely a must.  My wife and I recently returned from a wonderful first time visit to the Big Apple and enjoyed a brief tour of this major attraction in the city!

We picked a beautiful sunny afternoon to visit, after enjoying a walk on the lovely restored High Line.  A great 1.45 mile walk on the old above ground railway, now turned into a park to walk along, relax and enjoy great views of the city!

The Intrepid Museum

USS Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Museum Complex major attraction is the renowned aircraft carrier Intrepid. This site also includes a prototype display of the space shuttle Enterprise.  As well, you can climb aboard and view a guided missile submarine – The USS Growler.

There museum displays on the carriers main deck, as well as some historic fighter jets and an Air France Super Sonic Jet on display on the top outer deck.  The focus of this massive museum complex is outlined below …

New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is an educational and cultural non-profit institution centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid. The mission of the Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. Join us for a dynamic, interactive and educational journey for all ages.

The Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid Museum

USS Intrepid Air Sea Museum

Officially launched in 1943, the aircraft carrier Intrepid was very active in World War II, having survived 5 Japanese kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. In addition to its service during the Second World War, the Intrepid saw active duty during the Cold War, as well as the Vietnam War.

USS Intrepid Museum New York
One of its more historical moments was proudly serving as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960’s for the astronauts returning from space landing in the sea.

USS Intrepid Air Sea Space Museum

During its tenure, at least fifty thousand men served on board, with just over 270 men having made the ultimate sacrifice.

USS Growler Submarine Alongside The Intrepid Museum

USS Growler Submarine Tour

In addition to the Intrepid, you also get to board the USS Growler, a Grayback Class Submarine that carried nuclear missiles on board during the Nuclear Missile Crisis in the 1960’s.

Step down into this claustrophobic old submarine and get a feel of what it must have been like for these brave seamen who endured months under the sea in these cramped quarters.  Your tour guide will walk you through each compartment explaining the history along the way while you view this prior top-secret missile carrying submarine.

USS Growler

USS Growler Submarine

Step back in time as you descend down the steps deep into the submarine!

The Bridge and Submarine’s Periscope

USS Growler Submarine Bridge

The Missile Storage Room

USS Growler Missile Room

Note the sleeping bunks in this room, giving you an idea just how cramped these men were while on board!

The Subs Dining & Recreation Area

USS Growler Submarine New York

Below, I have listed the Museum’s Official Website Link where you can gather much more detailed information on this incredible attraction on New York City’s waterfront in Manhattan. As well, be sure to check out my recent post on how we enjoyed our visit to New York on a Budget!

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