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October 23, 2014 to January 10, 2016

HUBBLE@25 commemorated the anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope on board the space shuttle Discovery in 1990. Through a rich blend of photographs, Hubble produced images, original artifacts and inspiring immersive environments, the HUBBLE@25 exhibition introduced the public to the history of the telescope and the unparalleled scientific achievements generated by the Hubble project.

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Objects in Conversation
August 16, 2014 to November 1, 2015

During its U.S. Navy service, Intrepid was home to more than 3,000 men at a time. Today, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum houses a collection of more than 9,000 historic objects, archives, photographs and film. Like each sailor, every artifact has a unique story. And each object becomes more valuable and meaningful as part of our collections as a whole, just as the ship's crew drew its collective strength from the contributions of each individual.

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Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage
March 6, 2014 to February 24, 2015

Why is a squirrel gray? Why do some bugs look like sticks? The answer to these questions is, camouflage. For many animals, being able to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is a necessity of survival. Learning from the animal world, humans have employed camouflage in hunting and warfare.

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Working Below Decks
August 15, 2013 to September 14, 2013

Operating the aircraft carrier Intrepid required the skills of 3,000 men, many of whom worked below decks – far from the excitement of the Flight Deck. In this pop-up exhibit, the Intrepid Museum will highlight a few of these occupations through original ship’s equipment that has never before been on public display.

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Space Shuttle Enterprise: A Pioneer
January 17, 2013 to June 16, 2013

The exhibition Space Shuttle Enterprise: A Pioneer explored Enterprise's critical role in the development of the space shuttle program. The exhibition celebrated the pilots and engineers who contributed to the Enterprise story, as well as the technological innovations that helped to make Enterprise an icon of the space program.

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Thirty Years of Collecting: Treasures from Intrepid's Collections
July 27, 2012 to October 28, 2012

This exhibition highlighted some of the stories behind artifacts in the Intrepid Museum’s collections. In addition to the objects from Intrepid’s history, the exhibition featured objects associated with other major artifacts at the Intrepid Museum Complex: Growler, Concorde and, the most recent addition, space shuttle Enterprise.

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Thirty Years of Excellence: An Intrepid Museum Celebration
July 27, 2012 to October 28, 2012

The founders of the Intrepid Museum faced enormous obstacles in their quest to transform a rusting aircraft carrier into a world-class cultural institution. This exhibition traced the dynamic history of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and looked toward its exciting future.

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Women in Aviation: World War II
March 1, 2012 to July 8, 2012

This exhibition explored the accomplishments of women aviators during this transformational period. A brief survey of women aviators during the 1920s and 1930s led toward an examination of female pilots' contributions during World War II (1939-45). Historic uniforms, photographs and film footage brought the stories of these pioneering women to life.

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Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models
February 4, 2012 to July 8, 2012

Ever marvel at a model ship and ask, "How did they build that?" Or, perhaps, "Why did they build that?" A fascination with history, technology and the sea has stirred ship model builders for thousands of years. This exhibition explored variations of two famed U.S. Navy ships - the frigate USS Constitution and the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) - that offered a peek at the art and craft of ship model building.

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Cities at Sea: Thomas C. Houtz & the Art of Aircraft Carriers
November 1, 2011 to January 29, 2012

This exhibition featured the original artwork of Thomas C. Houtz. Based on historic photographs of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, twelve illustrations depicted timeless images of storied naval scenes and exploits.

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October 1, 2011 to February 5, 2012

Ever since the invention of the flying machine, pilots have been mindful that this new technology was not without risk. This exhibition explored the development of ejection systems and explained the split-second workings of these life-saving devices. It featured several ejection seats as well as other artifacts related to the survival needs of the aircrewmen.

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Portraits of Flight: Celebrating 100 Years of American Naval Aviation, 1911-2011
May 29, 2011 to September 6, 2011

The Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum and the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA) partnered to celebrate the first 100 years of U.S. naval aviation. The Intrepid Museum exhibition featured 24 paintings by ASAA artists and told the story of the early trials, advancements, and accomplishments of the U.S. naval aviation from 1911 to the present.

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Inspiration and Industry: American Women on the Home Front
March 1, 2011 to September 18, 2011

During World War I and World War II, U.S. government posters urged all citizens to take make a personal commitment to the war effort. Using more than 20 striking examples from the Intrepid Museum's collection, the exhibition explored the varied role of women in wartime through their depiction in period posters.

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27 Seconds: The Apollo I Tragedy
June 12, 2010 to January 16, 2011

This special exhibition told the story of the 1967 Apollo I tragedy. During routine tests, fire engulfed the command capsule and took the lives of astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee. Through rare photographs, artifacts and narrative, the exhibition explored this pivotal event, which riveted the attention of a heartbroken nation, set new standards of heroism and service, and changed the course of space exploration in America.

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Mission to Mars
January 16, 2010 to June 30, 2010

The Intrepid Museum partnered with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and NASA to present an exhibition featuring a full-scale model of the Mars Rover. This exhibition also addressed the role of USS Intrepid in the American space program.

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Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace
December 15, 2009 to April 30, 2010

Organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum, this traveling exhibition featured high-resolution iris prints of Schulz's original cartoons of Snoopy as a World War I ace. While Schulz was drawing scenes of Snoopy as an aviator, Intrepid crew members were creating their own original artwork featuring the Peanuts gang. The exhibition featured examples of this Peanuts-themed "sailor art."

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Intrepid Unearthed
November 08, 2008 to November 1, 2009

Unearthing Intrepid from her home in the Hudson River offered a singular opportunity to uncover the hidden history within the ship. While some of Intrepid's historic spaces have been restored, many other compartments and corridors have remained virtually untouched since the ship's decommissioning in 1974. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum commissioned five early to mid-career architectural photographers from New York to interpret the ship's unrenovated spaces.

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November 8, 2008 to November 1, 2009

EarthCam, a leader in advanced webcam technology, partnered with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to deliver a "pilot's eye" view of Intrepid's historic flight deck. The unique angle from atop the ship's mast has been enjoyed by millions around the world live on the Intrepid Museum website.

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