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The Intrepid Museum’s Tour Guide Talks reveal the fascinating stories behind our artifacts and exhibits. Get swept up in tales of human ingenuity and heroic service, and gain greater insight into history during these 15-minute presentations by our highly trained, knowledgeable tour guides.

Tour Guide Talks take place daily at the Museum. All talks are open to the public and free with admission. Ask at the Information Desk for exact times and locations.

We also have a video series of inspiring Tour Guide Talks, which you can watch here.


Here's our most recent Tour Guide Talk video, about V-J Day:

Tour Guide Talks in February


One Day in Vietnam: October 9, 1966

The day-to-day operations and stories of the Vietnam War often get lost in the big picture. Delve into one particular day in Intrepid’s service to gain a better understanding of the U.S. Navy’s role in the war and the complexity of operations in North Vietnam. Hear about the events of October 9, 1966, and the people that experienced them, including Lt. Tom Patton, who shot down a jet-powered MiG-17 from his propeller-driven airplane.

What’s in a Name? Six Ships Named Intrepid
(Weekends only)

Discover the enduring legacy of the name Intrepid in the U.S. military, from the original ship that fought in the Barbary Wars up to the aircraft carrier Intrepid at the Museum. Learn about two other types of craft that bore the name as well: the lunar landing module for the Apollo 12 mission and an observation balloon used by the Union Army during the Civil War.


Tuskegee Airmen: Their Accomplishments and Their Legacy
(Sundays only)

In honor of Black History Month, learn about the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in Europe during World War II: their beginnings, their accomplishments and their legacy. Learn of other African-American aviators who preceded and followed the Tuskegee Airmen, like Willa Brown of the Coffey School of Aviation and Eugene Bullard of the Lafayette Escadrille, who received the Croix de Guerre and the Medaille Militaire. Learn of the first African-American U.S. Navy aviator, the first and only African-American to qualify for service in the SR-71 and more.



Mars: NASA’s Journey to the Red Planet

In 1965, the NASA spacecraft Mariner 4 took the first close-up photos of Mars on a fly-by mission. Today, NASA is making plans to put astronauts on the planet for the first time. Learn about NASA’s successful missions to the “red planet” over the past 50 years and how astronauts will get there in the future.

Is Anyone Out There? The Search for Life in the Cosmos
(Starting January 11, 2016)

Is Earth the only planet where life exists? Explore the possibility of life beyond our planet in this fascinating talk. Take a look at how alien life is depicted in science fiction movies and television shows like Star Trek, and imagine what might be out there. Learn about the technology used to look for extraterrestrial life, and discover the latest findings in the ongoing search.

Light This Candle:
In Memoriam of Fallen Astronauts

(Weekends only)

“Light this candle!” These three words, uttered by Alan Shepard, began NASA’s tradition of daring space exploration—an endeavor not without risk. Seventeen astronauts in America’s space shuttle program lost their lives exploring this new frontier. Learn about the astronauts of the Apollo I, Challenger STS-51L and Columbia STS-107 missions and their legacy for future generations.

Coming up...Tour Guide Talks in March

One Day in Vietnam: October 9, 1966

The Real Rosie the Riveter

Light This Candle: In Memoriam of Fallen Astronauts

Mars: NASA’s Journey to the Red Planet