The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is about to reopen to the public. Most of the 350,000 square foot Intrepid Museum will be accessible to visitors, including many favorite exhibitions, the entire collection of aircraft on the flight and hangar decks as well as the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which houses the Enterprise space shuttle.
With enhanced safety measures in place, the museum is set to open on Thursday, March 25, starting with a four-day per week schedule (Thursday-Sundays, 10 am-5 pm). There will be enhanced safety measures in place including mandatory face coverings, social distancing, capacity limits (25 percent), timed ticketing and increased disinfecting procedures.
There will also be some new and exciting things for families to see and do. The Intrepid’s pilot escalator has been restored and made available to the public for the first time in decades. Guests will also have the opportunity to peek into one of the Intrepid’s bomb elevators.
Beginning in mid-May, visitors will be able to experience a recreated photo lab and learn about the crew whose job included documenting everything from enemy aircraft and operational accidents to daily life on board to ports of call. These experiences will come to life through stories directly from the Intrepid crew.
Museum guests can also use the interactive mobile guide that debuted late last year and allows users to access content including fast facts, visual descriptions and historic photos from their phones in the museum. The experience is designed to be fully inclusive and accessible to people of all ages and abilities and this technology will help the museum navigate COVID challenges by eliminated shared audio tour devices and by preventing crowding around exhibit labels.
More information about safety measures, new policies and expectations for visitors and staff, FAQs, temporary closures and advance timed ticketing procedures can be found at IntrepidMuseum.org.
A trip to the Intrepid is a great way to teach kids about American history and bravery, so be sure to book your tickets today.