Intrepid Museum Turns 30
Thirty years ago today – August 3, 1982 – the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum opened to the public for the first time. Intrepid became only the second aircraft carrier museum in the United States. Since then, the Intrepid Museum has established itself as a leader in the preservation of history, an anchor of New York City’s West Side and the heart of major philanthropic organizations. Here’s a photo of Ed Koch, Mayor of New York City, on opening day.
The Museum recently opened two special exhibitions to celebrate this milestone. The first, “Thirty Years of Excellence: An Intrepid Museum Celebration,” explores the history and significance of the Intrepid Museum. One of my favorite items on display is a brochure produced by Odysseys in Flight, a predecessor to the Intrepid Museum Foundation and the organization that first envisioned bringing a retired aircraft carrier to New York. It’s fascinating to compare their original vision with the museum as it appears today. They probably never would have guessed that the Museum would have a missile submarine, a supersonic passenger jet, and a space shuttle!
The second exhibition, “Thirty Years of Collecting: Treasures from Intrepid’s Collections,” gave our Collections Manager, Rachel Herman, an opportunity to select objects from the collection that have never before been on display. As someone who works closely with the collections, I have trouble choosing a favorite among the many objects we have at the Museum. One standout is a duffel bag from a sailor who served aboard Intrepid during World War II. George Bertram DuBois, an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, painted his duffel bag as a tribute to his service. DuBois’ painting of the ship in front of a rising sun shows his pride in his ship.
We hope that you will join us as we wish the Museum a very happy 30th anniversary. We’re looking forward to the next thirty years – and beyond! Jessica Williams Curator of History
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