Special Exhibitions

All temporary exhibitions are free with general admission to the Museum.

Navy Cakes: A Slice of History

Opens October 11

Dig in to our new exhibition that showcases these epic sweets and the hard work of the sailors who created them. Explore recipes, photos, artifacts and oral histories that tell the stories of the elaborate confections baked onboard Intrepid and Growler.


Intrepid served three tours of duty in Vietnam from 1966–1969. This exhibition explores the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid’s history.

A View from the Deep: The Submarine Growler & the Cold War

Explore the history and design of USS Growler, one of America's first nuclear-missile submarines. Historical artifacts, oral histories and immersive experiences offer a behind-the-scenes look at life on board.

Personal Space

Through October 13

What do a guitar pick, a copy of Pride and Prejudice and a stuffed Snoopy doll have in common? They’ve all been to space—and are now on view in the Space Shuttle Pavilion. This new exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of 11 astronauts through special objects they brought with them on missions: you can listen to Charles Bolden’s favorite tunes, see Nicole Stott’s watercolor waves and get sentimental over Ellen Baker’s family keepsakes, to name a few.

International Space Station (ISS) VR Experience

Through February 24

Take a virtual reality trip out of this world and visit the International Space Station! Experience what it's like to work, learn and live in the microgravity environment.

Guided tours can be purchased as an add-on to general admission tickets.