After months of being shut down during the pandemic, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will reopen its doors on September 25, museum officials announced today. The museum will reopen with a host of health and safety measures in place including a mandatory face-covering policy, enforced social distancing, capacity limits, timed ticketing, and increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
“We appreciate everyone who has supported us during this difficult time and can’t wait to once again welcome visitors through our doors,” said Intrepid Museum President Susan Marenoff-Zausner. “In preparation for our reopening, the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, former crew members and visitors is always our number one priority. The Museum will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines of health experts as well as the relevant city, state and federal agencies. With the measures we’ve put in place, we believe we will provide an engaging experience in a safe environment.
“We also are mindful of the important role we, and other cultural institutions and attractions, will play in helping to reinvigorate New York City,” added Marenoff-Zausner. “Our entire organization takes that responsibility to heart and we are thrilled to be able to do our part.”
The majority of the 350,000 square foot Intrepid Museum will be open and accessible to visitors, including most exhibitions, the entire collection of aircraft on the flight and hangar decks, and the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which houses the space shuttle Enterprise. Its massive open-air feel makes it easy to socially distance while touring the ship. Among the areas and exhibits that will remain closed are the interior of the Concorde, submarine Growler, Lutnick Theater, simulators, food service and ship’s gift shop.
Here’s what you should know to plan your visit:
Schedule and Hours
The Museum will be open from Wednesday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. The last available timed ticket is at 3:30 pm, with all guests entering no later than 4 pm.
Attendance will initially be limited to a maximum of 25 percent of museum capacity to manage physical distancing.
A timed, advance reservation ticketing policy is in place. Advance tickets are required. Cashless transactions are strongly encouraged.
Cleaning and Sanitization
Cleaning procedures will be enhanced with extra attention given to high-traffic and high-touch areas, including handrails, benches, handles, restrooms, garbage bins and more. All exhibits and elevators will be cleaned and disinfected every hour during open hours as well as nightly. There will be more than 200 hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum.
More Safety Measures
Protective barriers have been added to the museum’s box office, information desk and other areas. All employees and visitors over age 2 must wear face coverings.
The Intrepid has offered virtual programming since the start of the pandemic. Visit Experience Intrepid Anywhere for the schedule of free programs, talks, demos, and virtual tours. You can also register for virtual programs happening this week:
High Flying Design (Ages 8–18)
Tuesday, August 25, 3-4 pm
Learn about the four forces of flight, and experiment with these concepts before creating a simple flying machine. Fundamental concepts such as the four forces of flight, Bernoulli’s principle and aerodynamics will be discussed. Register now.
Flying in Style! (Ages 5–15)
Thursday, August 27, 3 – 4 pm
Get up close to the aircraft and learn how symbols and paint schemes set each airplane apart. Then, create a family squadron insignia or create a paper airplane and decorate it. Register now.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.
New York, NY
For ticket prices and timed reservations, click here.