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The Hardware and Humanity of Intrepid

Intrepid's Hangar Deck exhibition space is unique among historic ships. Visitors can follow the deck’s two separate paths: explore Intrepid's technology on the port (left) side and celebrate the people who lived and worked on the ship on the starboard (right) side. The Museum's permanent exhibition brings to life the powerful history of the aircraft carrier. Examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits that trace Intrepid's Navy career from 1943 to the present. The Special Exhibition Gallery, also located on the Hangar Deck, features temporary exhibitions.
Third Deck and Gallery Deck
  Working Below Decks

Operating the aircraft carrier Intrepid required the skills of 3,000 men, many of whom worked below decks — far from the excitement of the Flight Deck. The Intrepid Museum will highlight a few of these occupations through original ship's equipment that has never been on public display before. Among the equipment to be showcased is a vintage laundry press, illustrating the demanding task of keeping the crew looking clean and pressed to Navy standards. These authentic pieces of equipment reveal the behind-the-scenes occupations that were essential to the operation of Intrepid.

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  "The Story of Intrepid" Movie

"The Story of the Intrepid" is an 8-minute film that chronicles the history of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid and its crew. Dramatic archival footage and personal interviews with former crew members help bring to life Intrepid's story, from the commissioning during World War II to its current role as a museum.
  Medal of Honor Exhibit

Learn about the Medal of Honor at the Intrepid Museum's new exhibit. Interactive kiosks bring to life the history of the Medal of Honor and highlight the bravery and selflessness of Medal recipients. The Medal of Honor Stories kiosk presents video interviews with recipients who share their inspiring stories in their own words. The Medal of Honor Database kiosk contains a complete, searchable catalog of all Medal of Honor recipients. This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Intrepid's historic fo'c's'le, the forward-most part of the ship, has been fully restored and is now open to visitors for the first time. In the anchor chain room, visitors get an up-close look at the massive chains that hold the Intrepid's two 30,000-pound anchors. Also open to the public are the dormitory-style accommodations for junior officers and two-man staterooms for higher-ranking officers.
  Kamikaze: Day of Darkness, Day of Light

99 crew members were lost as a result of kamikaze attacks on Intrepid in 1944 and 1945. The multi-media experience "Kamikaze: Day of Darkness, Day of Light" transports visitors back to November 25, 1944, when Intrepid was struck by two kamikaze suicide planes. The film tells the story of these deadly attacks through the eyes and voices of two Intrepid crew members: Donald Domenic DiMarzo, one of 69 men killed in the attack, and Dean Lesnett, a survivor. A memorial wall honors the crew members who gave their lives while serving aboard the Intrepid.
  The Exploreum Hall

The Exploreum is the 13,000 square foot, fully interactive exhibition space on the Museum's Hangar Deck. Divided into four zones, 18 new interactive exhibits designed especially for families and groups, focus on Intrepid's history and our four educational themes of water, space, air and life at sea. Exploreum is one of the single most visited areas of the ship encouraging visitors to climb in an actual Bell 47 helicopter, play "space pinball," and feel the sensation of being on water in a lifeboat.