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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located in New York City
Location of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City
Established 1982
Location West Side Highway and 46th Street, Manhattan, New York
Coordinates 40°45′53″N 74°00′03″W / 40.764832°N 74.000763°W / 40.764832; -74.000763
Director Susan Marenoff-Zausner

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City. It is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street on the West Side of Manhattan. 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. Additionally on April 12, 2011, the museum was awarded the Space Shuttle Enterprise.[1] 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 closed in 2006 for a two-year renovation of the Intrepid and facilities. The museum reopened to the public on November 8, 2008, with William White as its president.


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The Entrance to the Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, temporarily bereft of exhibits

The museum opened in 1982 at Pier 86 after Zachary Fisher, a prominent New York real estate developer and philanthropist, and journalist Michael Stern succeeded in saving the Intrepid from scrapping in 1978.[2] The USS Intrepid became a National Historic Landmark in 1986.[3]

In September 2001, the Intrepid served as temporary field headquarters for the FBI as it began its investigation of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. It is also used in the 2007 film I Am Legend, where Will Smith's character practices golf from the deck.

2006-2009 renovation[]

On October 1, 2006, the museum closed for repairs and renovations to both the ship and the pier. Intrepid was moved down the Hudson by tugboat to The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, New Jersey (previously the Military Ocean Terminal) to undergo restoration.

The scheduled move was delayed on November 6, 2006, when the ship's propellers stuck in the thick Hudson River mud, preventing the tugboats from moving the ship out of her berth. A second successful attempt was made on December 5, 2006, after extensive dredging operations. The aircraft carrier was later floated to Staten Island where her museum facilities were upgraded and expanded before returning to her renovated pier in Manhattan. The carrier was towed back into place on the Hudson River on October 2, 2008, and reopened to the public on November 8. Additional aircraft are displayed on the flight and hangar decks and the British Airways Concorde was moved from a barge into an exhibit space on the pier.[4]

Space Shuttle Enterprise[]

Enterprise being lowered onto the Intrepid in 2012

Enterprise transferred by barge on 3 June 2012.

On December 12, 2011 ownership of the Space Shuttle Enterprise was officially transferred to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.[5][6] On April 27, 2012 Enterprise was flown to JFK International Airport and was moved by barge to the Intrepid Museum on 3 June 2012.[7][8] In preparation for the anticipated relocation, engineers evaluated the vehicle in early 2010 and determined that it was safe to fly on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft once again.[9]

To make room for the Enterprise display, three aircraft are being transferred to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum near Schenectady, NY. These aircraft are a Douglass F3D Skyknight, a Royal Navy Supermarine Scimitar, and a MiG-15.[10]

The Intrepid with the USS Growler (SSG-577) in the lower left during Fleet Week 2010

The Enterprise went on public display Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's new Space Shuttle Pavilion.[11]

The exhibit was closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The pavilion and exhibit reopened on July 10, 2013.[12]

Selected exhibits[]

Flight deck of the Intrepid

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USS Growler

US Air Force
US Navy
US Marine Corps
US Army
US Coast Guard
  • Aurora 7 Mercury capsule replica
  • Space Shuttle Enterprise (within a pavilion on the flight deck)[13][14][15]

British Airways Concorde G-BOAD seen from the flight deck of the Intrepid

Other aircraft
Other spacecraft
  • A Russian Soyuz descent module, which had docked with the International Space Station during the Soyuz TMA-6 mission[16]
Other attractions
  • Exploreum, an interactive hall designed to educate children and adolescents about life on an aircraft carrier.
  • An Olympus 593 jet engine from a Concorde sits on display next to the G-BOAD Concorde.

Popular Culture[]

Aerial view of the museum from the Hudson River

In the film I am Legend, Will Smith's character hits golf balls off the Intrepid towards New Jersey in a deserted New York City. The vessel was also featured in the film National Treasure. In the book series Percy Jackson & the Olympians this is the temple of Ares, god of war. In the novel Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, the prequel story to the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, economic collapse has caused the Intrepid museum to be sold out, and the ship left to be part of the slums.

See also[]


  1. Martinez, Michael (April 13, 2011). "NASA announces new homes for retiring space shuttles". 
  2. Saxon, Wolfgang. Zachary Fisher, 88, Dies; Helped Alter New York Skyline. June 5, 1999. New York Times. Accessed November 8, 2008.
  3. USS Intrepid CV 11. United States Navy. Accessed November 8, 2008.
  4. Pyle, Richard, "Aircraft carrier survived wars, years of decay", Associated Press (printed in the Washington Times, p. 10), September 30, 2008.
  5. Pearlman, Robert Z (December 12, 2011). "Intrepid Museum Celebrates Ownership of Space Shuttle Enterprise". CollectSpace. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  6. "NASA Transfers Enterprise Title to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City". December 11, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  7. Pearlman, Robert Z (March 1, 2012). "Space shuttle Enterprise lands in New York City on April 23". CollectSPACE. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  8. "NASA Transfers Title to Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City". PRWeb. November 22, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  9. Bergin, Chris (March 14, 2010). "Enterprise in good condition for potential SCA ferry from Smithsonian NASM". Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  10. McGeehan, Patrick. "Anticipating Space Shuttle's Arrival, Old Warplanes Ship Out." The New York Times, 18 April 2012.
  11. Katz, Alex (July 18, 2012). "Space shuttle Enterprise set to open to public. However, the exhibit is currently closed as repairs are made after damage caused by hurrican Sandy. The exhibit is expected to re-open in March 2013.". Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  13. Intrepid Museum (April 12, 2011). "Enterprise - Space Shuttle Orbiter - To Come to Intrepid Museum". Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  14. CBS New York (April 12, 2011). "Space Shuttle Enterprise Landing At Intrepid Museum". CBS New York. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  15. Ray, Justin (December 14, 2011). "Shuttle Enterprise's future home now visualized". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  16. "Russian Space Capsule Touches Down at NYC Museum". October 18, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 40°45′53″N 74°00′03″W / 40.764832°N 74.000763°W / 40.764832; -74.000763

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