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Message from Museum President
Posted: 12/29/2021 11:00:36 AM

Dear Friends,

In the blur of another year of challenges, one thing is very clear: our team dug deep and accomplished so much this past year, to further our mission, develop new programming, attract new partners and forge a welcoming, accessible and inclusive environment for ALL. I am extremely proud of them for this and everything they do on behalf of the Intrepid Museum and our constituents. 

We reopened the Museum on March 25, 2021, putting safety at the forefront for those able to visit us in person, while continuing to provide compelling virtual programming for our audiences around the world.

We continued to pay homage to a critical goal; to open and interpret spaces inside the WWII-era ship. Intrepid’s pilot escalator was restored and made available to the public for the first time in decades. Visitors now also have the opportunity to peek into one of the carrier’s bomb elevators. These heavy-duty elevators transported weapons from their armored protected spaces to other parts of the ship where they were assembled, armed and loaded onto airplanes. And in mid-May, a recreated photo lab opened to the public on the very spot where the original stood. All these experiences are enhanced by stories directly from crew who served on Intrepid.

This summer, we proudly brought home to Intrepid a Douglas F4D Skyray, the exact aircraft that flew from the flight deck during the Cold War. It is currently being restored and will be unveiled to the public in 2022.

The Museum was awarded a competitive federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities under its agency-wide program, American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organization. The grant supports the effort, with Intrepid at the helm, to explore underrepresented stories in U.S. Navy service from World War II through the present, and enables us to promote inclusivity in history by highlighting the roles and contributions of service members from a wider range of backgrounds.

Indicative of our commitment to, and leadership position in Access, we opened Making History Accessible, a temporary exhibit that through five prototype experiences endeavored to make exhibits at historic sites and house museums more accessible and inclusive.

Our Salute to Freedom Gala event honored those bravely working to overcome the invisible wounds of war and shed a needed light on mental health issues in the military.

And our three annual ceremonies to honor our cherished veterans – Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Pearl Harbor Day – were moving and fitting tributes to the nation’s heroes.

I am optimistic and excited about 2022, the 40th anniversary of the Intrepid Museum. Throughout the year, the Museum will celebrate its history and remarkable 40-year journey from its founding in 1982 to becoming one of the world's leading cultural institutions. As we spotlight its past and present, we also will take an aspirational look forward at the Museum’s future. The year-long commemoration will continue to feature the opening of restored spaces on Intrepid, new exhibits, content across the Museum’s digital platforms highlighting key milestones from our history, and special in-person and virtual programming. We hope you’ll join us in the celebration.
Finally on behalf of my colleagues, I’d like to offer my sincere gratitude to all who have continued to support us. Have a safe, healthy and happy New Year!


Susan Marenoff-Zausner
Susan Marenoff-Zausner
President, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum



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