Intrepid Museum Tickets | 6 Tips for Discounts

This post covers Intrepid Museum tickets and available discounts, as well as provide tips to help you plan your visit here. 

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TICKETS

Entry to the Intrepid is free with the purchase of several tourist discount passes.

Ticket Prices:

General Admission (includes Space Shuttle Pavilion, Submarine Growler, and all temporary exhibitions)

  • Adult (13 – 64) $33
  • Seniors (65+) $31
  • Child (5-12) $24
  • Under 4 years old FREE

Tickets for add-on experiences at the Museum, including tours and flight simulator rides, can be purchased in the Welcome Center.

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DISCOUNTS AND DEALS

There are several discounts available for the museum. Be sure to read them all to see which is best for you.

Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

Entry to the Intrepid is free or heavily discounted with the purchase of several tourist attraction discount passes. 

 

 

These passes bundle many popular attractions and tours together into one lower price and can save you up to 55% off the retail ticket prices.

If you’re curious about which activities and locations are included at no extra cost, here are a few excellent examples to consider:

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Madame Tussauds
  • LEGOLAND
  • And more!

Anyone planning to visit at least a few of these attractions could potentially save a lot of money using one of these passes.

In addition to the discounts, many allow you to save time by skipping the ticket line participating attractions. 

Is a tourist attraction discount pass right for you?


Military Discount

Active and retired U.S. service members receive free admission with proper identification. Spouses receive 20% off. 

Free Fridays

Staring in 2019, the Intrepid Museum will offer free entry on select Friday evenings from 5 pm (17:00) – 9 pm (21:00). The dates are below.

  • April 26
  • May 31
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 27
  • October 25

Read our post on free museums in NYC as well as our guide for NYC on a budget.


Additional Potential Discounts

  • Check out Groupon and Living Social, both of which usually offer some type of deal for up to 50% the retail price.   
  • Save 20% off all entry prices except group tickets. No pre-purchase necessary. Simply present the coupon at the attraction. Each coupon is valid for one to six people. Click here for coupon.
  • Save 20% anytime with this mobile phone friendly coupon. Just present at the ticket booth. 

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

The following section will provide information about how to get to the Intrepid, the best times to visit, how much time to set aside for your visit, and what to expect to see. 


How to Get Here

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located at Pier 86 at West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, in Hells Kitchen

Click on this link to a Google Map that can give you exact directions from your point of departure to Ripley’s via public transport, car, or on foot. 

By 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. 
  • You can also 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

  • Take cross-town buses west. M34 (34th Sts), M42 (42nd St.) or M-50 (49th St.) to 12th Ave. and the Hudson River.  The Intrepid is a short walk North from the M34 and M42. The M50 drops off immediately in front of the Intrepid.
  • Most hop-on-hop-off bus tours have stops in the Times Square area. From there,  you can walk or take the M42 West us to Hudson River (12th Avenue). Walk North to the Intrepid Museum at 46th Street. which will leave you in walking distance of the Intrepid.

Hours

Fall/Winter Hours (November 1 – March 31)

  • Daily (including Holidays) 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Spring/Summer Hours (April 1 – October 31)

  • Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 


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EXHIBITS

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is the only museum in the world where visitors can experience a legendary aircraft carrier, the first space shuttle, the world’s fastest jets, and a guided missile submarine.

The museum’s mission to promote awareness and understanding of history, science, and service through its collections, exhibitions, and programming to honor American heroes and to educate the public.

Aircraft Carrier Intrepid

Launched in 1943, the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. 

The ship later served in the Cold War and the Vietnam War.

 

Intrepid Museum

 

Intrepid also served as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960s.

It was decommissioned in 1974, and today is berthed on the Hudson River as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Space Shuttle Pavilion

The Space Shuttle Pavilion

This showcases the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program.

 

The Space Shuttle Pavilion

 

Seventeen dynamic exhibit zones feature original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films that immerse visitors in the science and history of Enterprise and the space shuttle era.

Submarine Growler

Growler first opened at the Intrepid Museum in 1989 and is the only American guided missile submarine open to the public.

 

Submarine Growler

 

Growler offers visitors a firsthand look at life aboard a submarine and a close-up inspection of the once “top-secret” missile command center.

British Airways Concorde

The fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing by any Concorde occurred on February 7, 1996, and took only 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds.

 

British Airways Concorde

 

This record-breaking plane—the Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD—is on display at the Intrepid Museum’s Pier 86.

 


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About the author

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others.

She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.