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Over One Million Visitors In 2016
Posted: 2/1/2017 3:16:28 PM

The Museum welcomed more than one million visitors in 2016, marking the fifth consecutive year the Museum has hosted a million visitors.

Here are a few highlights of the past year:

The Museum opened the new exhibition Don’t Be a Dilbert! U.S. Navy Safety Posters, which features World War II safety posters from the Museum’s collection. The safety posters used cartoons and humor to stress the importance of following safety procedures—and the grave consequences of carelessness. The Museum extended its major exhibition On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War. Originally scheduled to conclude in November 2016, the popular exhibition has been extended through October 2, 2017.

All U.S. military and veterans received free admission to the Intrepid Museum throughout 2016, thanks to the support of Bank of America. U.S. military and veterans will continue to receive free admission through the end of 2017.

A new Aircraft Restoration Hangar opened on the ship’s flight deck. It features a climate-controlled workspace that will allow the Museum’s aircraft restoration team to conduct year-round maintenance and allow visitors to observe the team at work.

The Museum also served as the site of the live prime-time NBC News Commander-in-Chief Forum, the first joint appearance between the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates. The broadcast, along with pre- and post-event coverage, reached over 2.2 billion viewers worldwide.

More than 32,000 K–12 students and teachers visited the Museum on field trips, and the Museum launched new educational initiatives like the All Access Maker Camp, designed specifically for children with developmental disabilities, and free programs for military families and veterans.

The Museum’s public programs served thousands of local and visiting guests. A swing dancing event, featuring three of New York’s best big bands, kicked off Fleet Week NYC. London-based rock duo Public Service Broadcasting performed beneath the space shuttle Enterprise. And the Museum held its free Summer Movie Series and free Astronomy Nights, along with panel discussions and lectures with prominent space scientists, astronauts, authors and technology experts.

For a look at the exciting exhibitions and programs coming up in 2017, click here!