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The Intrepid Museum
New York City is filled with all different types of entertainment and places to visit. One of those must see places is The Intrepid Museum. The name Intrepid Museum is short for The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. This museum is filled with military history, interactive exhibits, guided tours, and so much more. Located in Manhattan on the West Side at Pier 86 at 12th Street and 46th Street, The Intrepid Museum is right on the Hudson River and has been around for over 30 years.
Transportation, Admission, and Business Hours
There are plenty of different ways to get to the museum. The quickest way on the subway is to take any of the lines that go into Times Square. From there, visitors can choose to walk or take the M-42 bus heading west toward the Hudson River and walk north to the museum. A bus can also be taken from anywhere along 49th Street and stops right in front of The Intrepid.
Depending on the time of the year, the museum will be open during different days and times. From October 1-March 31st, the museum is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and closed on Monday. From April 1-September 30th, it is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The weekend hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
If you're traveling with children, kids two and under are free and children from 2-5 cost $7.50. Adult admission is $19.50. College students, veterans, and seniors are $15.50. Youths ages 6-17 are $14.50. The admission fee covers access to the Growler, the Concorde, and the Intrepid Aircraft. Guided tours are offered as a free service with the price of admission.
The museum originally opened in 1982 at Pier 86 after the Intrepid was saved from a scrap heap in 1978 by real estate developer Zachary Fisher and journalist Michael Stern. In 1986, it officially became a National Historic Landmark.
Beginning in September 2001, the Intrepid was a temporary headquarters for the FBI after the World Trade Center attacks. It was also used in the movie I Am Legend in 2007 that starred Will Smith hitting golf balls from the deck of the ship.
From 2006-2008, the museum was closed for renovations to the pier and the ship. It was taken down the Hudson River by a tugboat to undergo some renovations and restoration in New Jersey. It was then floated to Staten Island where it was upgraded and eventually taken back to the Hudson River and Pier 86 in Manhattan.
Sites and Features
The museum is located aboard the USS Intrepid and is a National Historic Landmark. Besides the many aircrafts and other carries in the museum are original artifacts, historic video footage, and a cockpit simulator.
The Intrepid Museum not only features interactive exhibits and various events, but also has a little bit of education in the process as well. There are more than 20 restored aircrafts that can be explored as well as a Flight Simulator and an extensive range of interactive exhibits. Among the most well known exhibits at Intrepid Museum is the Growler submarine, a British Airways Concorde, and the Intrepid Aircraft carrier.
Tour the inside of British Airways Concorde, the world's fastest commercial airplane. There is a guided tour inside the Concorde that will allow visitors to explore this jetliner that crossed the Atlantic in 1976 in just under three hours. The record-breaking plane could fly up to 1,350 mph at an altitude of 60,000 feet.
The Growler Submarine allows visitors a chance to look at life on board a submarine and explore first hand the life of the soldiers who lived there when it was fully operational.