Aircraft Carrier Intrepid
Commissioned in 1943, Aircraft Carrier Intrepid survived five Kamikaze attacks and a torpedo strike during WWII. The aircraft carrier later served in the Cold War, Vietnam War and as a NASA recovery vessel.
On the flight deck, Intrepid launched propeller planes during WWII, fighter jets in Vietnam and helicopters that recovered NASA astronauts. It now holds a vast collection of historic aircraft and our Space Shuttle Pavilion, which houses the space shuttle Enterprise.
Located between the flight deck and hangar deck, the gallery deck features the combat information center (CIC), squadron-ready room and marine berthing, where crew members prepared for their missions and manned the radars for signs of enemy approach.
Explore Intrepid's technology and learn about the people who lived and worked aboard the aircraft carrier. Examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits that trace Intrepid’s naval career from 1943 to today.
The third deck features fully restored spaces that reveal daily life for the ship’s enlisted sailors. See the mess deck, including the kitchen, dining areas and various berthing areas, and imagine what it was like to eat and sleep on board.
Learning can always be fun—and the Intrepid Museum offers a wide range of digital resources to support educators, parents and students as they explore the history and the events that have shaped where we are today.
Browse records from all four categories of our collections: objects, media, archives and oral histories. Explore thematic and item-specific groupings or uncover personal artifacts like uniforms, souvenirs and images.