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Exploring Space: Project Mercury & Beyond - Guided Tour + Intrepid Museum

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The Intrepid Museum showcases American history through its military and maritime prowess. Come see video footage, original artifacts, and interactive exhibits, and take a tour aboard the Flight Deck, where you can look at NASA’s Enterprise.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum showcases America's maritime and military history. With an impressive collection of exhibits, including submarines, aircraft carriers, gunships, and space shuttle, this is an experience you just can’t miss! Learn about the USS Intrepid and its bravery filled missions in the Second World War. Discover its role in the Cold War, and the early days of the space missions.

Some of the biggest attractions include the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane, the Concorde G-BOAD, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise; along with various exhibits from around the world like an Israeli Kfir and a Polish Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21.

Take our tour and immerse yourself in the science and history of the Enterprise, the prototype NASA space shuttle that paved way for America's successful space shuttle program. Discover the connection between the Intrepid and NASA’s space programs, and get a look at the Russian Soyuz capsule that flew to the International Space Station.

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Your Experience

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is not just a museum but an institution of military and space knowledge. This ticket will take you on an educational walk from the World War II, to the space race to the developing technologies now.

Discover how the USS Intrepid fared in the Pacific Theater of the war as it was bombarded by 5 Kamikaze attacks and 1 torpedo strike. Like the legend that it is, the ship survived and played a crucial role in the war. Here, you can also engage with exhibits that show the Intrepid’s career in the Navy from 1943 till present day.

You will also get to visit the Growler, the world's oldest existing nuclear-capable submarine. This tour is your best chance at coming close, exploring and learning the inner workings of a nuclear-powered submarine.

Finally, move to the Flight Deck, where your tour starts at the NASA space shuttle, Enterprise. The shuttle was the first prototype that was developed by NASA, and having served its missions, it is now docked in the Hudson for us to explore. You will also find out about the United States' early spaceflight programs’ (Mercury and Gemini) connection with the Intrepid. The Deck also contains most of the museum’s collection of restored aircraft.


  • General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon that was flown in Operation Desert Storm
  • USS Growler (1989), a diesel electric submarine
  • Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra gunship
  • Aurora 7 Mercury capsule replica
  • Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • A Russian Soyuz capsule that flew to the International Space Station
  • Exploreum, an interactive hall designed to educate young ones about life on an aircraft carrier.
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  • Access to the Intrepid
  • Access to Space Shuttle Pavilion
  • Access to submarine Growler
  • Tour of the Enterprise
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  • Access to the inside of the Enterprise
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Know Before You Go

Please note that the tour begins at 11 AM.


November 1 - March 31

Open daily from 10 AM - 5 PM

April 1 - October 31

Monday to Friday: 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 10 AM - 6 PM

Please note that final entry is one hour prior to closing time.

Getting there

Subway: Take the A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 train to 42nd Street, then walk or take the M42 West Bus to Hudson River (12th Avenue). Walk North to the Intrepid Museum at 46th Street.

Take the 7 train to the 34th Street – Hudson Yards station. Exit near 11th Avenue, and then walk west to 12th Avenue and North to the Intrepid Museum at 46th Street.

Bus: M34 (34th Sts), M42 (42nd St.) or M-50 (49th St.) to 12th Ave. and Hudson River. The Museum is a short walk North from the M34 and M42. The M50 can drop you off directly in front of the Intrepid.

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Super flexible cancellation policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email with your Intrepid Museum - General Admission & Exploring Space: Project Mercury & Beyond - Guided Tour Tickets within 20 minutes. No need to print. You can enter upon showing the mobile voucher.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York

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Additional Information
  • Admission is free for children under 4
  • Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Admission to Pier 86 is free, to avail the same, please enter through the Welcome Center
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