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Chart a course for future generations!

The Intrepid Museum is more than a historic landmark. It’s a hub for wonder, exploration and discovery that takes visitors on a journey through history, science and human innovation.

The Museum is poised to teach learners of all ages about science and technology, from space exploration to supersonic flight. We also have a unique opportunity to teach history where it happened. This intersection of science, technology and history is what makes visiting the Museum a rewarding experience for so many.

The Legacy Society recognizes some of the Museum’s most forward-thinking and philanthropic supporters. It is made up of donors who have shown their passion for science and history by including the Museum in their estate plans. Thank you to all who have made a commitment to sustaining the Museum as a center of learning and innovation.

Even a small donation can have a big impact. There are several ways you can contribute to the Museum’s future:

  • Naming the Museum in your will or living trust
  • Designating the Museum as a beneficiary of your IRA or retirement plan
  • Making the Museum the beneficiary of your life insurance policy

The Intrepid Museum will ensure that your wishes are followed and that your generosity will continue to support the Museum’s engaging exhibitions and educational programs. Legacy Society members will be listed in the Museum’s annual report and will receive invitations to exclusive events. Most important, members know they are ensuring the Museum’s legacy as a center of innovation.

For more information, or to find out more ways you can make a planned gift, please contact the Museum’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 646-381-5279.

CLICK HERE to download the Intrepid Bequests Fact Sheet.

CLICK HERE to download the Legacy Society Pledge Form.

Ways to give

Will or Living Trust
Including the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in your will or living trust is the most common form of planned gift. Such a gift requires the assistance of an attorney to draft a codicil (for a will) or amendment (for a living trust) or to write a new will or living trust. Although wills and living trusts are generally revocable documents, by informing us of your intentions, you can be recognized as a Legacy Society member, for the full amount. Sample bequest language: I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the Intrepid Museum Foundation, located at 46th Street and 12th Avenue, New York, NY, $_____ (specific dollar amount) or _____ percent of my residuary estate, to be used for general purposes or to support _______ (artifact or program).


IRA or Pension Plan Beneficiary
By naming the Intrepid Museum as a beneficiary of your IRA, pension plan or other retirement assets, you are creating a revocable commitment to the Intrepid Museum. This is a tax-wise form of giving, as funds designated in this manner are not subject to income tax after your passing. While estate taxes may or may not be a concern for you, all IRA, pension plan and pre-tax retirement assets are subject to income tax when distributed unless a nonprofit institution such as the Intrepid Museum is named beneficiary of some or all of the funds. Changing a beneficiary designation requires filing a new beneficiary designation form. As with bequests, you can be recognized as a Legacy Society member by simply informing us of your intentions.


Life Insurance Policy
Insurance policies that are fully paid are ideal assets to gift to the Intrepid Museum. Alternatively, you can purchase a new insurance policy that names the Intrepid Museum as the owner, with a pledge to make annual gifts to cover the premium payments. We will work with you and your financial advisor to determine the best policy to use for this purpose.