INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL FLEET WEEK MAY 23 – MAY 28
INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
West 46th Street and 12th Avenue at Hudson River Park
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INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM CELEBRATES
25TH ANNUAL FLEET WEEK
MAY 23 – MAY 28
PARADE OF SAIL COMMEMORATING 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
WAR OF 1812 KICKS OFF THIS YEAR’S EVENTS
Week of Activities and Demonstrations Salutes Members of the Armed Forces
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, along with the City of New York and the United States Navy, celebrates the 25th annual Fleet Week, to be held from May 23 – May 28, 2012. Fleet Week is America’s premier tribute and “thank you” to the men and women who serve in the armed forces.
Many fan-favorite Fleet Week activities will be held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86 (46 Street and 12 Avenue, Manhattan). This year’s special events and performances include:
Wednesday, May 23:
To kick-off the annual Fleet Week events, watch a special “Parade of Sail” commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 from Intrepid’s Pier 86 as vessels carrying visiting members of the Armed Forces and tall ships sail up the Hudson River from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Museum is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Thursday, May 24:
Celebrate the 50th anniversary celebration of the Mercury-Atlas 7 Mission, when Intrepid served as the primary recovery vessel for the Mercury-Atlas 7 space mission and sent its helicopters to pick up astronaut Scott Carpenter. Join Carpenter and others at the free ceremony at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Museum is open from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Friday, May 25:
Enjoy a Fleet Week Broadway showcase hosted by Teddy Bergman and Greg Hildreth of Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher with performances by: “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess,” “Ghost,” “Godspell,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” “Rock of Ages,” “Sister Act,” “Chicago,” “Anything Goes” and “Memphis” from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Also featuring performances by “Potted Potter” —The Unauthorized Harry Experience—A Parody by Dan and Jeff at 2:00 PM, “Traces” at 2:30 PM, and the “Gazillion Bubble Show” at 3:00 PM. Demonstrations of military skills and various interactive displays will take place on the pier from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Museum is open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
At 7:30 PM, the Intrepid Summer Movie Series kicks off its series of free public film screenings on the flight deck with a screening of the classic film Top Gun. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are encouraged to bring food and beverages to the screening; however, alcohol is not permitted.
Saturday, May 26:
Cheer on visiting members of the Armed Forces as they compete in tug of war tournament from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on Pier 86.
Join “Sesame Street” Muppets Elmo, Rosita and Gordon for a live musical performance at 12:15 PM.
Demonstrations of military skills and various interactive displays will take place on the pier from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Museum is open from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Sunday, May 27:
Travis and the Longhorns will perform at 12:00 PM, followed by musical performances by Sistas at 2:00 PM and George Gee Swing Orchestra at 4:00 PM. Demonstrations of military skills and various interactive displays will take place on the pier from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Museum is open from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Monday, May 28:
Honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while servicing in the United States Armed Forces by attending the annual Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at 11:30 AM. The ceremony will include the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, the playing of Taps, a ceremonial wreath laying, 3-volley rifle salute and a military flyover. Free with price of admission to the museum. Visitors can also climb aboard the US Army Corp of Engineers Hayward, a 124-foot-long boat that will be free and open to the public on Pier 86 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Demonstrations of military skills and various interactive displays will take place on the pier from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Museum is open from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
*PLEASE NOTE: ALL FLEET WEEK EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*
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DATES: MAY 23 – MAY 28
LOCATION: INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
PIER 86 (46TH STREET AND 12TH AVENUE)
About the Museum
Soon to be the home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier ‘Intrepid’ with seven full decks and four theme halls; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive collection of 27 aircraft including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. Guests can experience areas of the ship including the Flight Deck, Hangar Deck, fo’c’sle (commonly known as the anchor chain room), new multimedia presentations and exhibit collections, interactive educational stations and a state-of-the-art public pier.
Guests to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum also can experience the 12,240 square-foot interactive Exploreum – which contains a variety of hands-on exhibits – that teaches guests about the different properties of the sea, air, space and living at sea as each relates to the ship Intrepid. In the Exploreum, guests can experience a flight simulator, transmit messages using Morse code, sit on the bunk of a crewmember, learn how the Intrepid turned salt water into fresh water and perform various tasks while wearing space gloves.
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April 1 – October 31:
Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
November 1 – March 31:
Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost of Admission:
Seniors and College Students: $20.00
Youth 7-17: $19.00
Child 3-6: $12.00
Active Military, Retired Military and Children Under 3: Free
Tickets are available for purchase on the Intrepid’s website, www.intrepidmuseum.org. General admission tickets can be purchased online for a discount of $2.00 per ticket.
Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan
Directions by NYC Metro Bus
Take cross-town buses west. M34 (34th Sts), M42 (42nd St.) or M-50 (49th St.) to 12th Ave. and Hudson River. Intrepid is a short walk North from the M34 and M42. The M50 drops off immediately in front of the Intrepid.
Directions by NYC Metro Subway
Take the A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3 or 7 train to 42nd St., then walk or take the M-42 West Bus to Hudson River (12th Ave). Walk North to Intrepid.
Directions from Water
Take New York Water Taxi to Pier 84 and walk a block north to the Intrepid Museum. Or from New Jersey take the New York Waterway to Midtown (38th Street) and walk north on 12th Ave to the museum.