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Check out new Resources and Programs for Children on the Autism Spectrum and their Families

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Limited Mobility

Because of Intrepid’s status as a historic landmark, most, although not all, of the Museum is fully accessible by wheelchair.  Areas that are not accessible by wheelchair include the fo’c’s’le, combat information center, submarine Growler and Concorde.  All restrooms and dining areas are fully accessible, as well as the flight deck, hangar deck and mess deck.

For areas that are not accessible for visitors with limited mobility, take the VIRTUAL TOUR to explore the Museum’s collections through photographs, maps and 360 degree panoramic views of exhibitions. Light-weight accessible stools are available to borrow from the Information Desk.


Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

ASL-Led/Voice Interpreted Tour

ASL-led tours are provided at no cost but space is limited to 25 people per tour. Recommended age for participants is 8 years old and up. Assistive Listening Devices with hearing loops are available upon request.

Tours will be led in ASL by Alexandria Wailes, who has several years of experience giving tours at renowned New York museums.

To RESERVE YOUR SPOT please contact us at access@intrepidmuseum.org. Please label the subject of the email with your preferred date to attend. At this time, we are unable to accommodate ASL students. If you are interested in observing a program, please contact us at the above email address.


Open captioning is available on videos in the exhibit space.

The Audio Guide with neck loop that is T-coil compatible is available, as well as ASL video guides. Immerse yourself in the USS Intrepid adventure as you walk the ship and learn the pilots' and crew members' stories in their own words. Audio guides and video guides are available for rental for a $6 fee per device during regular museum hours.

A T-coil accessible assistive listening system is installed in the Howard and Allison Lutnick Theater, as well as the Space Shuttle Pavilion.

To book a private ASL-interpreted tour, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org


Blind & Partially Sighted


For visitors who are blind or have low vision, educators lead tours that incorporate verbal description, guided touch of aircraft, models and tactile images. To schedule a private verbal description/touch tour, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or 646 381 5182.


The Verbal Description and Tactile Guide features a multi-page tactile map of the Intrepid Museum Complex with raised images of several key exhibitions and objects. Using a talking smart pen, visitors can tap the map to uncover layers of way-finding directions, verbal descriptions and stories from former crew members. Guides are available to borrow from the Information Desk. Here is a video that demonstrates the use of this guide:

Tactile Information Cards in Braille and Large Print of select exhibitions and artifacts are available to borrow at the Information Desk.

Large print labels for all permanent and temporary exhibitions are available to borrow at the Information Desk.


Dementia & Caregivers

For visitors with dementia and their caregivers, the Intrepid Museum offers The Stories Within, a Guided Tour designed to spark conversation and memory through group dialogue.

Our program series will resume in September 2014. Please check back for further information.

To register, contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646-381-5182.


Access Family Programs

Families Affected by Autism:
The Museum opens its doors one hour early for families affected by autism. Educators lead story-telling, art-making activities and demonstrations.
  • Early Morning Opening for Families Affected by Autism
    Sunday, October 4, 2014, 9:00am-11:00am
    Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:00am-11:00am
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Access Family Programs for Children with Developmental or Learning Disabilities, aged 5-17: These two-hour programs, based on rotating themes, include a tour of the Museum and an art-making activity intended to engage the entire family. These programs are free, but space is limited.
To register, email access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646 381 5182.

  • Submarine—Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 11:00am-1:00pm
    Celebrate the opening of Submerged, a new interactive exhibit in the Exploreum, by learning about the Museum's submarine Growler. Families will experiment with water and buoyancy.

  • Heroes and Superheroes—Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 11:00am-1:00pm
    Learn about the heroes who served aboard Intrepid and in the space program, as well as the superheroes they have inspired! Families will create their own (super)hero stories. Costumes are encouraged!
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Adults with Developmental or Learning Disabilities, ages 18 and up:
For adults with special needs, the Museum offers Guided Tours for community organizations, recreational programs and respite groups. For information and pricing, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or 646-381-5182


School and Community Programs


For your school or community group visit, we offer:

  • American Sign Language interpretation
  • Assistive listening devices with hearing loops
  • Verbal Description/Touch Tours
  • Workshops for individuals with autism
  • Enhanced sensory tours for students with developmental disabilities
  • Modified school programs

To tailor your program to meet the needs of your group, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or 646 381 5182.


Access Programs at the Intrepid Museum are generously supported by the Barker Welfare Foundation, the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, the Charles Evans Foundation, the FAR Fund, the Ambrose Monell Foundation, and the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund.

This program is supported, in part, by Public Funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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