Intrepid has served our nation for more than 75 years, playing crucial roles in World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam War and the Space Race. Now as the centerpiece of a world class museum – the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – it continues to serve with a new mission: to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming, in order to honor our heroes, educate the public, and inspire our youth.
While we are temporarily closed and in these difficult times it remains as important as ever to stay connected and continue to fulfill our mission. Below are some of the ways you can stay engaged with us digitally through a variety of compelling content from oral histories and virtual tours to resources that serve educators, parents and students.
Access to all of our online programs and digital content is free. Now more than ever we could use your help during this challenging time. Your support is critical to our present and future.
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Star Stories (Grades K-5)
Monday, June 1: 1:00pm – 1:45pm (ET)
For millennia, people have gazed at the night sky and told themselves stories about the pictures they see there. These same stars and constellations also allowed sailors to find their way back to port. Using images of the night sky, stories from different cultures and examples of simple navigation tools, an Intrepid Educator will help students view their sky in a whole new way. Register here.
Amazing Aircraft (Grades 3–8)
Tuesday, June 2: 1:00pm – 1:45pm (ET)
Aircraft come in many designs and have various functions. Explore a few of the aircraft in Intrepid’s collection and create four different paper airplane projects in a design challenge led by a Museum Educator to determine how form impacts function.
Materials: Four (or more) sheets of paper. Register here.
Aviation Science - Appropriate for Ages 8-18
Tuesday, June 2: 3:00pm–3:45pm (ET)
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Students will discuss the parts of a plane and how nature influences shape and design. Educators will demonstrate the four forces of flight, and children will experiment with these concepts before creating their own simple flying machines. Classes will also explore the aircraft carrier Intrepid and examine the machinery that makes flight at sea possible. Register here.
Intrepid Celebrations (Grades 3–8)
Wednesday, June 3: 1:00pm – 1:45pm (ET)
Communities and cultures across the world all have their own important customs and values. Along with these customs also come numerous events and celebrations. In this lesson, students will learn about celebrations on board Intrepid, look at giant cakes baked on the ship, and discuss similarities between celebrations on a Navy ship and how we celebrate in our own communities. Register here.
Explore Space Science (Grades 7–12)
Thursday, June 4: 1:00pm – 1:45pm (ET)
Students will get a tour of the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home of the space shuttle Enterprise. An educator will discuss the Mercury-Atlas 7 and Gemini III missions that occurred during the Space Race, including Intrepid's role as the primary recovery vessel for both NASA missions. Students will learn about the vacuum of space and why astronauts need spacecraft and spacesuits when they venture into Earth’s orbit and beyond. Register here.
Lunar Landers! - Appropriate for Ages 5-12
Thursday, June 4: 3:00pm-3:45pm (ET)
Why is landing on the Moon so difficult? Learn all about Intrepid’s connection to the Space Race and explore the amazing engineering design process that made landing on the moon in 1969 possible. Materials: Disposable cup, recyclable materials, tape, scissors, two coins or other small objects. Register here.
Intrepid in the Pacific, World War II (Grades 7–12)
Friday, June 5: 1:00pm – 1:45pm (ET)
Using images and oral histories, students will discuss battles such as the Battle of the Philippines, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and the Tokubetsu Kōgekitai kamikaze suicide attack tactic, introduced in October of 1944. The experiences of Intrepid's crew will be explored, including the celebrated Gun Tub 10, a battle station assigned to African American crew members who braved their post to fire on kamikaze planes as the ship came under attack. Register here.
Virtual Homeschool Day: Adventures in Aviation
Friday, June 26: 1:00pm–3:00pm (ET)
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has one of the most varied aircraft collections in the nation, with five branches of the U.S. armed forces represented, as well as several distinctive aircraft from around the world. Join us on a discovery of aircraft design and learn about the four forces of flight. Let your imagination soar as we virtually explore the historic spaces of the ship. Learn about the weird and wonderful world of aircraft from Eric Boehm, Curator of Aviation & Aircraft Restoration, who will lead a STEM-based aircraft design activity. Open to homeschooling families and learners of all ages. Registration for this event will open in mid-June.
Thanks to a partnership with Google Arts & Culture, you can access many of the Museum’s historical spaces, artifacts and archives for free. Virtually explore the Museum’s most intriguing spaces, including the aircraft carrier Intrepid, submarine Growler, the Concorde and the Shuttle Pavilion. Click here to virtually visit the Museum!
Search and explore over 300 engaging videos featuring aircraft highlights, Women in History, behind-the-scenes features, collection showcases and much more. Watch our channel now.
View and listen to stories of those who served on board the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid from 1943 to 1974. This collection also includes oral histories from people associated with the submarine Growler, the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise and the supersonic airliner Concorde. Learn more.
Learn about the Museum’s many digital educational resources for K-12 and homeschool students, including virtual field trips and online school programs led by our Education team. Learn more.
In celebration of Intrepid's 75th commissioning anniversary in 2018, the Museum worked with animator Dustin Grella of Dusty Studio to present the stories of four oral history narrators in a new format through a project called Intrepid Animated. Learn more.
Explore the Museum’s collection of items related to the service history of its vessels and aircraft. This searchable database provides access to archival aids, transcripts of oral history projects, and other interesting items. Learn more.
Intrepid has undergone an incredible journey, from its service to the U.S. Navy and NASA, to an escape from the scrapyard, to its permanent home on the Hudson, where it continues to inspire over a million annual visitors. Learn about the life of this famed former aircraft carrier and how it was transformed into the Museum and National Historic Landmark we know today. Learn more.