The Intrepid Museum, together with Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences, presents a new live virtual programming series that offers a rare and up-close look at the Museum’s hidden gems and little-seen spaces, telling the remarkable history and stories behind them. Atlas Obscura’s mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share and the programs were developed in the spirit of that mission.
The series consists of four programs that will take place on the second Tuesday of each month beginning Tuesday, May 11, with Making History Soar: Secrets of Historic Aircraft Restoration. Future programs will give viewers a fascinating peek inside the collections of the Intrepid Museum to see the unexpected items that sailors saved from their time in the Navy, a rare look inside the space shuttle Enterprise, and a guided exploration of Intrepid’s anchor chain room including the ship’s massive anchor chains. The series will run from May-August 2021. Tickets are $20 and are now available for all programs.
Tuesday, May 11, 6:30-7:30pm ET
Making History Soar: Secrets of Historic Aircraft Restoration
The Intrepid Museum has one of the most varied aircraft collections on the East Coast, reflecting some of the greatest achievements in military aviation. Maintaining, restoring, and preserving this remarkable collection takes a unique skill set and process. In this captivating experience, go live inside the Intrepid Museum's Aircraft Restoration Hangar and get up close as Peter Torraca and Kate Good from the Museum’s restoration team show off some of their specialized skills in caring for these historic aircraft. See how this incredible team makes history soar!
Tuesday, June 8, 6:30pm-7:30pm ET
Secret Souvenirs: Inside the Intrepid Museum’s Collections Storage
Take a fascinating peek inside the collections of the Intrepid Museum to see the sometimes funny, often touching, and occasionally unexpected items that sailors saved from their time in the Navy. Museum Curator Jessica Williams and Collections Manager Danielle Swanson will guide viewers through the aisles of the Intrepid Museum’s collections storage space. Look inside the archives, hear the sea stories that bring this fascinating collection to life, and learn how the Museum researches the history behind the artifacts, preserving them for generations to come!
Tuesday, July 13, 6:30-7:30pm ET
One Step For Curiosity: A Rare Look Inside the Space Shuttle Enterprise
Assembled 45 years ago, the space shuttle Enterprise was the prototype for the five orbiters that followed. During this special digital tour, the Intrepid Museum’s Curator of Aviation, Eric Boehm, will take visitors inside the actual space shuttle! The interior of Enterprise is not open to the public, and few people outside of NASA have had the opportunity to examine or even see inside this marvel of engineering. Don't miss this incredible and rare opportunity!
Tuesday, August 10, 6:30-7:30pm ET
Anchoring Intrepid: Inside an Aircraft Carrier's Chain Room
Anchoring a floating airfield—a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier—is loud, dirty, and dangerous. It's also a rare corner of the maritime world that most people never consider, despite the unreal size of the gear. Jessica Williams, curator of history and collections at the Intrepid Museum, will be the guide for an exploration of the anchor chain room from the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid. Get an up-close look at the massive anchor chains, and learn how sailors raised and lowered the ship’s two 30,000-pound anchors. Hear stories about the crew’s ingenuity in the face of danger, including a World War II torpedo attack and a massive storm in the Atlantic!