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Check out new Resources and Programs for Families Affected by Autism

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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
Our next series of ASL-led/Voice Interpreted Tours:
  • Submarine Growler and the Cold War will be offered twice, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, and Saturday, April 12, 2014, both from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The tour will dive into the life of submariners and USS Growler’s strategic mission to patrol the Pacific coast of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

    NOTE: To enter the submarine Growler, visitors must climb a set of stairs and maneuver through several small hatches. For visitors with mobility challenges, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org prior to the tour.

  • Camouflage will be offered twice, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, and Sunday, May 18, 2014, both from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The tour will explore the new exhibit Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage and highlight examples within the Museum’s collection.

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.

Text panels for Heroic Journeys: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories exhibition feature Braille.


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.

  • Supersonic—Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 2:00pm-3:30pm
    Traveling the speed of sound—a concept that is often used but misunderstood. Participants will visit the Concorde, Blackbird and Naval aircraft that traveled at Mach speed.

  • Ports of Call—Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
    Experience a taste of Intrepid’s adventures on the high seas during its career, and the many stops along the way.

  • Tight Spaces—Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
    From below the waves to outer space, learn what it is like to live and work in tight spaces like submarines and space capsules.
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
    Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:00am-11:00am
    Sunday, June 8, 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.

  • Squadron Maneuvers—Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11:00am-1:00pm
    Learn how the crew worked together to move, fuel and prepare planes for flight. Families will practice aircraft handler signals and create model airplanes to take home.

  • To the Moon and Beyond—Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 11:00am-1:00pm
    What would it take to send a human all the way to Mars? Just how far away is Mars, anyway? Families will learn about the other planets in our solar system and how technologies like rockets and capsules might help us get there.

  • Superheroes—Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 11:00am-1:00pm
    Back by popular demand! Discover the connections between Intrepid, popular superheroes in comic books and movies, and heroes in our community. Costumes are encouraged!

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 and Resources are generously funded by Autism Speaks, The Steven A. and Alexandra Cohen 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.

This program is supported, in part, by Public Funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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