The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: A Memorial to American Milestones
Located at Pier 86 at 46th Street in Hell’s Kitchen, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum showcases some of the most awe-inspiring (and frankly formidable) pieces of maritime and military history in the Nation.
Among its exhibits are the USS Growler, a Concorde SST, an A-12 Supersonic Reconnaissance Plane, NASSA’s shuttle Enterprise and, of course, the USS Intrepid.
Rescued, Renovated and Re-Opened
The Intrepid Air & Space Museum was founded in 1982 to mark milestones in American Military, Maritime and Explorative history. It originally opened in 82’ after a prominent Real Estate developer and philanthropist from New York, Zachary Fisher, worked with journalist Michael Stern to successfully rescue the USS Intrepid from being scrapped. The ship became an official National Historic Landmark in 1986.
In 2006, the Museum closed to allow for a two-year, top-to-bottom renovation of the great ship and all her facilities. It re-opened for public use in the fall of 2008.
Enter the Growler
Soon after, in the summer of 1988, the US Congress awarded the Intrepid Museum the USS Growler. The Growler is a submarine (referred to as a “Grayback-Class Sub”) which carries a “Regulus” nuclear missile onboard.
The Arrival of NASA’s Enterprise
Near the end of 2011’, NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise was transferred, in full ownership, to the Intrepid Museum.
The shuttle was evaluated for safety, then ceremoniously flown to John F. Kennedy airport in late April, 2012. From there, Enterprise was transferred by barge to the Air, Sea (and now Space) museum on the 3rd of June.
Three aircraft had to be moved to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Schenectady just to make room for the space shuttle Display. It opened to the public Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Museum’s new Space Shuttle Pavilion.
Over the years, the Intrepid Museum has hosted a number of events of social and historical significance.
- Between 1989 and 2004, the Museum maintained an exhibit of the USS Edson, a large-scale Naval destroyer. It was eventually returned to the United States Navy, and can now be seen displayed at the Saginaw Valley Ship Museum in Michigan.
- Following the events of 9/11, the Intrepid was made into a temporary on-field FBI headquarters to investigate the attacks.
- Additionally, the Intrepid Museum is often used as a community and national event space. It has hosted concerts for the MLB and the NFL and served as the hub over the years for Fleet Week events, among plenty of others.
Take time out for a thrilling glimpse of some of America’s National treasures. The Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum boasts an array of steal-and-riveted symbols of this Nation’s greatest victories and innovations.