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A young explorer through the telescope on the Intrepid flight deck

Free Friday with Onsite Astro Live

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Event Information
Date & Time Tickets Price Location
Friday, April 26 | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT Available Free Onsite
About This Event

Free Fridays are back! The Intrepid Museum is once again extending its hours free of charge on Friday, April 26 from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Don’t miss special programming during Free Fridays, including the Museum’s Astro Live.

Astronomy Nights are FREE and feature fun-filled and educational experiences for the whole family, including talks from leading scientists and activities & demos led by Museum educators. Local astronomers will be on hand with their high-powered telescopes to help visitors navigate the night sky and answer questions about astronomy and stargazing. Guests are welcome to bring their own binoculars or look through the telescopes of the experts.

Schedule*:

5:00pm-9:00pm (ongoing) - Apollo: When We Went to the Moon (Space Shuttle Pavilion)

The Intrepid Museum, home of the space shuttle Enterprise, is thrilled to host Apollo: When We Went to the Moon. This special exhibition, opening on March 26, 2024 in the Space Shuttle Pavilion, unpacks the history of the Apollo program and sets the stage for NASA’s current Moon to Mars campaign. Using interactive media, photographs, and rarely-seen artifacts from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® archives, the exhibition explores the people, technology and world events that defined this pivotal moment in the Space Race.

Families and visitors with young children are also invited to participate in drop-in activities throughout the night in Hangar 3! Activities include:

5:30pm-8:00pm (ongoing) - Workshops

  1. Astronaut Portrait: Create a portrait of yourself as the next astronaut to go to the Moon.
  2. Build A Lunar Lander: Build your own lunar lander that can safely land your poof astronauts when dropped from a height

5:30pm-8:00pm (ongoing) - Educator Cart: Learn About Space Capsules

Talk with a museum educator and discuss the Mercury-Atlas 7 and Gemini III missions that occurred during the Space Race!

6:00pm - POOF! Life in a Vacuum Demonstration

Discover the importance of Earth’s atmosphere and, why astronauts need to wear space suits. Using a bell jar and vacuum pump, museum educators will mimic the vacuum of space and its effect on objects.

6:30pm-7:30pm - Featured Speaker - Artemis: To the Moon and Beyond

Join the Intrepid Museum for a special one-hour talk on the Artemis program! Guests will hear from a NASA Engineer about the Artemis II mission. Live streaming of the conversation will be available if you can't make it in person to the Intrepid Museum. View the live event on Facebook or YouTube.

7:00pm-9:00pm - Telescope viewing (on the Flight Deck)

Explore the cosmos with observers from the Amateur Astronomers Association and Unistellar. Backed by partnerships with renowned scientific organizations such as NASA and SETI Institute, Unistellar contributes to cutting-edge research on astronomical phenomena, including exoplanets, asteroids, comets, and more. (Weather Pending)

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided during Free Friday Astronomy Night and related livestreams on April 26. Visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families can register for priority admission with this form here.

* American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available for the demonstration, featured speaker, telescope viewing on the flight deck and some of the educator cart.

Doors will open promptly at 5:00pm, Last entry to the Museum is at 8:30 pm (doors are subject to close earlier, entry is not guaranteed). All visitors must enter through the Welcome Center to receive a ticket prior to entering the Museum.

Register here.

All programs are live-streamed via the Intrepid Museum’s Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube or NASASpaceflight’s YouTube channel.