INTREPID SEA, AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM IN NEW YORK CITY

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Nothing bombastic or ostentatious as it might seem by its name, this museum is named for the aircraft carrier in which it is located since 1974. Although overshadowed by the fame of others such as Natural History, Met or MoMA, it is an entertaining visit , especially for warplanes lovers and children.

But the price is very expensive. Those who can go to Washington DC, are more worth visiting the Air and Space Museum there, and if they can, the Steven Udvar Hazy Center in Virginia, because they are free, although the latter is more than 35 km away from the National Mall. Here we will not find airplanes of the First World War as in the museum in Washington DC nor will they tell us about Amelia Earhart, 95% of their material are war vehicles.

HOW TO GET THERE

The retired aircraft carrier is permanently located on Pier 86, on 12th Avenue, at 46th Street, next to Hell’s Kitchen. No subway stop is close, we will have to walk at least 15 minutes. The nearest bus stop is at 49th street, line M50.

SHCEDULES AND PRICES

  • Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (until 6 pm on weekends and holidays from April to October).
  • Adult admissiont: $ 33 ($ 19 for residents). I remember that it seemed too expensive for what it is. To see the space shuttle, you have to pay another $ 7 extra ticket. It’s included in the NYC Pass.
  • There are simulators and guided tours that are paid separately.
  • There are many other activities, such as the possibility of celebrating birthdays and you can even spend the night on the aircraft carrier, this last one is especially recommended for groups of scouts.

THE VISIT

The first thing is to indicate that access to dock 86 is free. This allows to see the outside of the submarine, the aircraft carrier and a Concorde airplane located at the end of it. We can also access the cafeteria, food stalls, refreshment machines and toilets. Here I have to say that something strange happened to me: after leaving the submarine, instead of going directly to the ship, I walked along the dock to see the magnificent British Airways Concorde, which once crossed the Atlantic in less than 3 hours, at the end of it. Very near there I saw a walkway that led to the interior of the ship, specifically to the cafeteria itself. Once inside I went to the toilet, next to which there was a staircase that took me inside the aircraft carrier. No one asked me for the ticket, nor did I go through any automatic machine; I had already paid for it anyway, because I came from visiting the submarine in the first place, but boy, no one asked for it. By the way, note that the prices of the cafeteria are not shown on the official website.

Submarine Growler has been open since 1989, being the only US submarine capable of launching missiles open to the public. It is interesting to see in what claustrophobic conditions sailors live for long periods of time.

Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 1. Submarino. Museum air sea, space, submarine
Exterior of the submarine boasting of missile launcher
Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 2. Submarino. Museum air sea, space, submarine
Door
Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 3. Submarino. Museum air sea, space, submarine
Room
Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 4. Submarino. Museum air sea, space, submarine
“Periscope up

As for the ship, the interior is basically a great interactive exhibition, ideal for children.

In the upper floor, the deck of the aircraft carrier, are located multiple planes and combat helicopters.

Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 5.Black Bird. Museum air sea, space
Although it may look super futuristic, this Blackbird is from 1967. From its wing Will Smith played golf in the movie “I Am Legend”
Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 6. Cubierta del portaaviones. Museum air sea, space (2) aircraft carrier
From left to right, the tiger is a Polish MiG-21 PFM, from 1959, the blue a MiG-17 from 1952, the black a Harrier from 69 and the last one am Etendart from 62
Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 6. Cubierta del portaaviones. Museum air sea, space aircraft carrier
Multiples planes on the deck. On the background the Space Pavillion can be seen
Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 6. Cubierta del portaaviones. Museum air sea, space Empire State Building aircraft carrier
From right to left, the 3 first are a F8K from 57, a F4N Panthom from 60 and a E1B from 58. On the background you can see the Empire State Building
Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 6. Cubierta del portaaviones. Museum air sea, space Helicopteros aircraft carrier
Helicopters AH1J from 71, H19 from 50 and HH52A Coastguard from 61

The space pavilion houses shuttle Enterprise. It’s cool and there are exhibitions about space missions, but unfortunately it is not allowed to enter the ship, and although it has that name we can not meet Spock either. It could be perfectly exposed outdoors like the other planes, but then we would not have to pay the extra admission; I went through because “since I’m here… I’ve never seen a space shuttle…” but the truth is that you feel like almost being scammed.

Nueva York Museo intrepido mar aire y espacio 10. Transbordador espacial Enterprise. Museum air sea, space, ship
Even worst, my only picture with the Enterprise was taken blurry
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