Cookies help us to deliver our services. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more.

NYC Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

If you are on a trip to New York, you can't miss the Air, Sea and Space Museum. This museum is one of the best in the city and the world, it fascinates both children and adults.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

9 min read

NYC Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Museum of the Sea, New York | ©Joao Carlos Medau

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Atmospheric Museum of New York is so named because it is located on the former Intrepid aircraft carrier, which is a National Historic Landmark in the United States.

It is a place where you can enjoy history in a fun and playful way, exploring different exhibits through interactive content. You can see different artifacts and learn all about them. There are also temporary exhibits and lots of events worth visiting.

If you are wondering what to do in New York, visiting the Museum of Sea, Air and Space is one of those things you can't miss.

The best option

NYC Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum with Skip-the-Line Tickets

A two-hour visit to the Museum of Sea, Air and Space in New York City

You will visit the space shuttle pavilion, the Growler submarine and all the temporary exhibits!!!.

A visit to see a museum located in a unique setting: the Intrepid aircraft carrier. With skip-the-line admission, something that will prevent you from having to wait to get in, you will be able to see 4 different decks, from the bridge to the sleeping quarters.

Other attractions of the museum are the space shuttle pavilion , the Crowler submarine and the British Airways Concorde. All presented in an entertaining and interactive way. Undoubtedly, a visit that will not leave anyone indifferent.

Recommended if... you are interested in entering an old aircraft carrier and learning about means of transport that are part of history.

How much do tickets to the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum cost?

Visiting the Museum| ©Noti Nabox
Visiting the Museum| ©Noti Nabox

There are many, many options for ticket prices at the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum and the cost varies depending on age, number of group members, day of the week, whether or not you are a museum supporter, and any add-ons to the basic ticket that are added. As a base price for a Friday, for example, an adult under 65 pays $33 and a child pays $24.

It is good to know that there are many extra activities that can be added to make the visit even more complete. In this case, ticket prices are increased.

For example, for the "Apollo Beyond Virtual Reality" activity you must pay an extra $11 per person, for the "Simulators" and the "Concorde Experience" the supplement is also $11 per person, while the "3D Cinema" experience costs $10 per person.

Buy your ticket to the New York Museum of Sea, Air and Space

Can tickets to the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum be purchased at the ticket office?

Exterior of the Museum from a Boat| ©Kersal Flats
Exterior of the Museum from a Boat| ©Kersal Flats

At the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum, tickets can be purchased at the museum's box office, although it is best to purchase them in advance because some activities are scheduled at fixed times and may be sold out if you go on the same day to buy tickets.

To get your tickets at the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum box office, all you have to do is go to the Welcome Center Box Office. There you will be able to buy them without any problems if there is still availability for the extra events you want.

Are there guided tours of the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum and are they worth it?

Top view of the Museum| ©Robert Cutts
Top view of the Museum| ©Robert Cutts

Guided tours called VIP and VVIP tours are availableat the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum.

The VIP tour, 90 minutes and up to 10 people is priced at $750, regardless of the number of visitors.

The VVIP option, which lasts two to three hours, is priced at $1250 for up to 10 people and, like the VIP option, is a flat rate.

The difference in the price of both guided tours is due to the fact that the VVIP has a longer duration, more areas of the museum are visited and there are more activities. Keep in mind that guided tours may not be available if the museum has special events booked for those days.

It is important to keep in mind that the Museum is very well organized and there is a lot to see, so paying for a guided tour is not worth it because you can organize the visit yourself by accessing the information that the Museo del Mar, del Aire y del Espacio has online.

Are tickets to the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum included in a New York City Sightseeing Pass?

Touring the Museum| ©toftos
Touring the Museum| ©toftos

Admission to the New York Air, Sea and Space Museum is included in the New York City Pass and New York C3.

Buying the New York City Pass gives you a 40% discount on your tickets, while the New York C3 gives you a 38% discount on ticket prices.

It is very convenient to buy the New York City Pass, because not only do you get incredible discounts on the price of the activities, but you also have the option to skip the lines at many of them.

You can also benefit from discounts at restaurants and gift stores. In the long run, buying the New York City Pass is an investment rather than an expense if you calculate how much you save on admission and other services when you use it.

Buy your New York City Pass

How to get to the New York Museum of Sea, Air & Space

New York Subway| ©Jean-Marc Vernier
New York Subway| ©Jean-Marc Vernier

You can get to the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum in many ways. Access is simple, whether by subway, bus, cab, driving yourself, water or walking, it all depends on what you prefer and how far away you are.

On the official website of the New York Air, Sea and Space Museum you can find detailed instructions on how to get to the New York Air, Sea and Space Museum depending on your chosen mode of transportation.

Is it advisable to go to the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum with children?

Getting to know the Museum with Children| ©MommYp
Getting to know the Museum with Children| ©MommYp

It is highly recommended to go with children to the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum. There are so many activities that children can do in a fun and interactive way.

Children love the educational content that is presented to them in a fun, easy to understand and playful way. They will be able to learn a lot without getting bored and adults will also enjoy the activities for children, as they are presented in an intelligent and pedagogical way.

Top things not to miss at the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum

Inside a Museum Ship| ©Daniel Torres Bonatto
Inside a Museum Ship| ©Daniel Torres Bonatto

There are a wide variety of activities to do at the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum, all very interesting, depending on your time available for the visit, but there are a few that you can't miss. One of the ones you can't miss is the Growler Submarine, the Concorde and the Space Shuttle Pavilion.

The Growler Submarine is the only missile submarine in the United States with tours open to the public and offers visitors the chance to see firsthand what it's like to live inside one of these aquatic vehicles.

A visit to the British Airways Concorde is also a must. Specifically, the aircraft on display is the fastest Concorde in history, which crossed the Atlantic Ocean in just 2 hours and 52 minutes.

For its part, the Space Shuttle Pavilion offers visitors the chance to see the famous Enterprise and learn all about it.

How much time do you need to visit the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum?

Inside a Cabin at the Museum| ©Daniel Torres Bonatto
Inside a Cabin at the Museum| ©Daniel Torres Bonatto

As we have said, the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum has a lot to see and do. If you are planning to visit you should consider a minimum of 2 to 3 hours for your visit.

How long it takes you to get around will depend a lot on your interests and those of your companions, but that minimum time is recommended so that you can visit the basic attractions of the museum.

If you are also planning to do the complementary activities, the time you will need for your visit is longer.

Buy your ticket to the New York Sea, Air & Space Museum

Opening hours of the Air, Sea and Space Museum in New York City

At the Museum| ©toftos
At the Museum| ©toftos

The opening hours of the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum to the public are the same in both high and low season, at 10:00 am.

Closing times are 17:00 from October to May and weekdays from June to September, but on summer weekends they close one hour later, at 18:00.

Please note when planning your visit that the Growler Submarine may close earlier as the last tickets are only sold up to one hour before the Museum closes.

There are certain dates throughout the year when access is restricted or hours are modified due to private events. When planning your visit to the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum, you may want to consult this list.

Tips for visiting the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum

Museum Airplane| ©Alan Wilson
Museum Airplane| ©Alan Wilson

The New York Sea, Air and Space Museum has an extensive list of tips and information available for visiting the Museum on its website.

  • It is important to keep in mind that cameras, purses and other belongings should remain with you because there is no place to leave them in the museum.
  • It is also important to keep in mind that at the entrance there will be a thorough check of your bags, camera and other equipment you are carrying.
  • The Museum also recommends wearing comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes, avoiding sandals or high heels in order to be able to comfortably walk through all the facilities.
  • It is also advisable to avoid necklaces, bracelets and any other type of accessory that could get stuck and cause accidents during the visit.
  • Remember that many of the activities at the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum are outdoors, so it is advisable to wear sunscreen.

What is the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum Store?

Museum Helicopters| ©Alan Wilson
Museum Helicopters| ©Alan Wilson

There are two stores at the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum that are a total temptation, as they have a wide range of souvenirs for sale and at very affordable prices.

The Welcome Center store offers museum-related items, from T-shirts to scale models of the aircraft to astronaut suits for kids. There is everything you can imagine for sale related to the different exhibits and areas of the museum.

In the Space Shuttle Pavilion store, if you are a science and space fanatic, you will rave about the scale models of the space shuttles and the huge selection of science and astronomy books they offer.

If you don't want to waste time in the store and prefer to shop from the comfort of your hotel or if you have forgotten to buy a souvenir you can shop online at the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum Online Store.

Where to eat near the New York Museum of Sea, Air and Space

Dining at the Aviator Grill| ©Jose Maria Sandoval
Dining at the Aviator Grill| ©Jose Maria Sandoval

You can eat inside the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum, there are already two restaurants inside.

In the Welcome Center you can find the Aviator Grill, with a varied and delicious menu that you can order in advance to avoid wasting time waiting. The other place available to eat inside the Museum is the Intrepid Marketplace, located on the Intrepid pier, where you can taste typical New York dishes.

You can find all the details about where to eat at the New York Sea, Air and Space Museum at this link.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to eat more quietly, outside the museum, or simply crave a different type of food, you can find many different options nearby to satisfy even the most demanding palates.

New York is the most cosmopolitan city in the world so the gastronomic offer is endless. Some of the best restaurants in the world are in New York, so get ready and visit some of the best places to eat in New York, you won't regret it.