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Check out new Resources and Programs for Children on the Autism Spectrum and their Families

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Click here to read an article about our access programming in the September/October issue of Museum, a bimonthly magazine published by the American Alliance of Museums.

Click here to download or view our brochure about Access Programs at the Intrepid Museum.

Access programs at the Intrepid Museum are generously supported by the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, the Barker Welfare Foundation, the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, the FAR Fund, the Ambrose Monell Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund. Programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Limited Mobility

Because of Intrepid’s status as a historic landmark, most, although not all, of the Museum is fully accessible by wheelchair.  Areas that are not accessible by wheelchair include the fo’c’s’le, combat information center, submarine Growler and Concorde.  All restrooms and dining areas are fully accessible, as well as the flight deck, hangar deck and mess deck.

For areas that are not accessible for visitors with limited mobility, take the VIRTUAL TOUR to explore the Museum’s collections through photographs, maps and 360 degree panoramic views of exhibitions. Light-weight accessible stools are available to borrow from the Information Desk.


Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

ASL-Led/Voice Interpreted Tour
ASL-led tours are provided at no cost but space is limited to 25 people per tour. Recommended age for participants is 8 years old and up. Assistive Listening Devices with hearing loops are available upon request.

Tours will be led in ASL by Alexandria Wailes, who has several years of experience giving tours at renowned New York museums.

These programs are free, but advance registration is required. To RESERVE YOUR SPOT please contact us at access@intrepidmuseum.org. Please label the subject of the email with your preferred date to attend. At this time, we are unable to accommodate ASL students. If you are interested in observing a program, please contact us at the above email address.


Open captioning is available on videos in the exhibit space.

The Audio Guide with neck loop that is T-coil compatible is available, as well as ASL video guides. Immerse yourself in the USS Intrepid adventure as you walk the ship and learn the pilots' and crew members' stories in their own words. Audio guides and video guides are available for rental during regular museum hours.

A T-coil accessible assistive listening system is installed in the Howard and Allison Lutnick Theater, as well as the Space Shuttle Pavilion. A portable induction loop can be set up for special events and programs upon request.

ASL interpretation is available for all public tours and programs, upon advance request. Please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org at least two weeks prior to the program. ASL interpretation is provided at no additional charge.


Blind & Partially Sighted


For visitors who are blind or have low vision, educators lead tours that incorporate verbal description, guided touch of aircraft, models and tactile images. To schedule a private verbal description/touch tour, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or 646-381-5182 at least two weeks prior to the visit.


The Verbal Description and Tactile Guide features a multi-page tactile map of the Intrepid Museum Complex with raised images of several key exhibitions and objects. Using a talking smart pen, visitors can tap the map to uncover layers of way-finding directions, verbal descriptions and stories from former crew members. Guides are available to borrow from the Information Desk. Here is a video that demonstrates the use of this guide:

Tactile Information Cards in Braille and Large Print of select exhibitions and artifacts are available to borrow at the Information Desk.

Large print labels for all permanent and temporary exhibitions are available to borrow at the Information Desk.

New York State Council on the ArtsMade possible, in part, by Public Funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Dementia & Caregivers

For visitors with dementia and their caregivers, the Intrepid Museum offers the Stories Within, a guided multisensory program designed to spark conversation and memory.

Cold War to Combat, Intrepid and the Vietnam War
Tuesday, May 31, 2:00pm–3:30pm
Get an inside look at the crew, historic moments and day-to-day life on board Intrepid during its tours of duty during the Vietnam War.

Aircraft Carrier to Museum
Monday, June 20, 2:00pm–3:30pm
Ever wonder how a historic landmark turns into a museum? Learn about Intrepid's journey from naval ship to international destination.

To register, contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646-381-5182.


Family Programs

Children with Autism and Their Families

On select weekends and school breaks, the Museum opens its doors one hour early for families with children on the autism spectrum. Educators lead short, interactive tours designed for the whole family as well as drop-in art activities and structured play opportunities. These programs are free, but space is limited. To learn more about visual supports and strategies, visit our autism resources page.

Download and share information about our programs!

If you would like to participate in the Intrepid Museum’s Early Morning Openings for children with autism and their families, click here to register.


Children with Developmental or Learning Disabilities (ages 5–17)

These two-hour programs, based on rotating themes, include a tour of the Museum and an art-making activity intended to engage the entire family. These programs are free, but space is limited.

If you would like to participate in the Intrepid Museum’s family programs for children with developmental or learning disabilities, click here to register.

Nuts & Bolts
Sunday, June 12, 11:00am–1:00pm

Figure out how airplanes and ships are assembled and maintained. Learn about the tools that aircraft restoration specialists use at the Museum, and practice building your own designs.

Adults with Developmental Disabilities (ages 18 and up)

For adults with developmental disabilities and their families, the Museum offers guided multisensory programs that include hands-on explorations.

For groups of adults with developmental disabilities, such as residences, recreational programs and respite groups, the Museum offers guided multisensory programs about life at sea, aviation- and space exploration.

School and Community Programs


We offer programming that is tailored to meet the needs, goals and interests of the group:

  • Enhanced sensory tours for students and adults with developmental disabilities
  • American Sign Language interpretation
  • Assistive listening devices with hearing loops
  • Intrepid After Hours for military service members
  • Vet Video Chats
  • Verbal description/touch tours
  • Modified school programs

For students with autism, a pre-visit lesson at the school can be arranged.
For students with low vision, a pre-visit lesson at the school can be arranged.

School and community programs need to be booked in advance. Please email access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646-381-5182.