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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Tickets

Updated: July 11, 2023

This post covers Intrepid Museum tickets and available discounts and provides tips to help you plan your visit here. 

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

Ticket Prices:

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

  • Adult (ages 13 - 64) $33
  • Senior (age 65+) $31
  • Child (ages 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.

Click here to purchase tickets with 24-hour free cancellation. 


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

We'll also include information about deals that may not be available right now but could become available in the future.

1. Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

Entry to 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
  • 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 at participating attractions. 

Is a tourist attraction discount pass right for you?

2. Military Discount

The Intrepid is free for veterans and active U.S. service members. Proper identification must be shown. Spouses receive 20% off.

3. Free Fridays

Entrance to the museum is free on select Fridays every month from April through September from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm.

Check the Intrepid Museum calendar for more information.

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

4. Discount Sites

Check out Groupon and Living Social, both of which usually offer some type of deal for up to 50% of the retail price.  

5. Senior Discount

Senior citizens over the age of 65 are eligible for $2 off on general admission tickets.

6. Children's Discount

Families can bring their kids along at a much lower price, as children's tickets are $9 off the normal price for general admission tickets.

Kids 4 and under get free admission!

7. EBT Discount

If you're an EBT cardholder in the city, you and three guests are eligible for free admission to the Intrepid Museum.

8. NYC Residents

NYC residents receive 50% off general museum admission when presenting a valid government-issued photo ID with a printed address.

9. Become a Member

Museum members are eligible for free admission.

If you're living in the area and you plan to visit multiple times per year, this could be a good way to save money on tickets.


The following section will provide information about how to get to the Intrepid Museum, 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 W. 46th Street & 12th Avenue, near Hell's Kitchen and the Upper West Side

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, and 7 trains 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 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.


  • 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 bus to the Hudson River (12th Avenue). Walk North to the Intrepid Museum at 46th Street. which will leave you within walking distance of the Intrepid.
  • Take a look at our post Which New York Bus Tours Are Best? for more information.


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 - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Holiday hours are the same
  • Last entry at 4:00 pm

When planning your visit, you should plan to spend two to three hours at the Intrepid Museum, so if you want to see all the exhibits don't arrive too late in the day.

Good To Know

  • All guests must be at least 40 inches tall.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Food and beverages, including bottled water, are not permitted.
  • Strollers, large bags and backpacks are not permitted.
  • There is no bag and coat check. All belongings, including bags, strollers, and luggage must remain with visitors at all times.
  • If you need to check your bags for your convenience, read about luggage and bag storage facilities in NYC.


The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is the only museum in the world where guests can stand on the flight deck of a legendary aircraft carrier, experience the first space shuttle, a guided missile submarine and get close to some of the world's fastest jets.

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

The Intrepid is ideal for visitors of all ages (except toddlers and infants). A trip to the Intrepid is one of the best things to do with kids in NYC!

In fact, several times a year, the Intrepid has a special overnight opportunity for families to sleepover! Read about the program, Operation Slumber.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: July 11th, 2023
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