Grant to support Museum’s digital interpretation of Intrepid’s historic sick bay
The Intrepid Museum was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under its Digital Projects for the Public category. The funding will support the Museum’s plans to develop innovative digital exhibits within the Intrepid’s medical facility, known as sick bay, currently undergoing a physical restoration.
These digital installations will consist of projections and soundscapes that will illuminate and bring to life the preserved physical attributes of sick bay, a space steeped in rich history. This immersive approach will offer new perspectives on the ship’s restored historic spaces, making it a transformative experience for visitors.
This project is an important component of the large-scale, multi-year plan to open Intrepid’s sick bay and surrounding spaces to the public for the first time since the ship’s decommissioning. Allowing visitors to access more of the ship’s historic spaces has been a longstanding goal of the Museum. The sick bay exhibition will increase the historic spaces that visitors can explore by roughly 10%. Within sick bay, the Museum will use a range of digital and physical interpretation strategies to explore medical care on board Navy ships, and highlight connections to the social, cultural and political history of 20th-century medicine.