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The Intrepid Museum is now accepting reservations for the 2017–2018 school year.

The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.

The Intrepid Museum’s Education Department offers programs for students in grades pre-K–12 who visit from schools, homeschool groups, afterschool programs and more. Programs are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and support the Next Generation Science Standards. All school programs are tailored to specific grade levels for students in grades pre-K–12.

The Intrepid Museum is an approved vendor and contractor of services for the New York City Board of Education’s Office of School Programs & Partnerships, for both professional development and direct student services in social studies. 

All school programs can be modified for groups with special needs if requested in advance.

Contact us at 646-381-5169 or at schoolreservations@intrepidmuseum.org for further assistance.


Pre-K-12 School Field Trips

Each social studies or history program at the Intrepid Museum includes close examination of Museum artifacts, photographs and exhibits to encourage greater understanding of the ship and its crew, which operated like a city at sea. Programs are differentiated according to grade level. Depending on the program, students may learn about specific jobs on the ship, discuss the humanity behind the hardware, generate a writing piece based on photographs or curate their own exhibits based on objects from the Museum’s archives.

Articulated learning outcomes for all social studies and history programs include interpretation and reading for context clues.

All programs are 90 minutes unless otherwise stated.

  • Grades pre-K–2, social studies: *60-minute program only* Through tactile discovery, gallery experiences and object-based learning, students study the ship, aircraft collection and interactive exhibits in the Exploreum. This program is designed for our youngest visitors, and it is timed as such.
  • Grades 3–5, social studies: Students learn what it was like to serve aboard Intrepid during a typical tour of duty in its 31 years of service. Examining artifacts, students become history detectives and uncover fascinating aspects of Intrepid’s community at sea. This program includes a 45-minute classroom experience.
  • Grades 6–8, social studies: Students learn the art of reading for context clues through visual imagery and generate a dialogue based on their own interpretations of historic photographs. Students respond to photographs in a short creative writing project. This program includes a 45-minute classroom experience.
  • Grades 9–12, history: Students examine objects and primary source documents specifically from the Museum’s collection of World War II artifacts. Using these pieces of history, students work in groups to curate their own mini-exhibition narratives. This program includes a 45-minute classroom experience.

Science programs at the Intrepid Museum have an interdisciplinary approach that integrates humanities and the arts. Programs focus on advances in aircraft technology and design, space science, the Space Race, and water as it relates to the form and function of the historic ship Intrepid. Students examine aircraft in the Museum’s collection and experiment with the physics of flight through hands-on, student-led activities that build design thinking.

Articulated learning outcomes for science programs include problem-solving, overcoming challenges and understanding the progress of technology.

All programs are 90 minutes.


  • Grades K–2: Our portable planetarium introduces students to the night sky and classical mythology. After viewing the stars, students create an imaginative art project based on their own interpretations of the cosmos.
    *Capacity limited to 60 students per day.
  • Grades 3–8: Are we really weightless in space? What does an astronaut experience while living on the International Space Station? After simple in-class demonstrations, students explore microgravity in a series of exercises emphasizing teamwork and scientific observations.
  • Grades 6–12: The space shuttle program utilized robotic arms on many of its missions. After examining the space shuttle Enterprise and discussing the role of other shuttle missions, students build and test their own “robotic arms” using craft materials.

WATER SCIENCE Grades 3–12:

  • Grades 3–8: Students discuss how a 42,000-ton ship is able to float and then experiment making their own buoyant boats.


  • Grades 3–8: Students discuss the parts of a plane and how nature influences shape and design. Educators demonstrate the four forces of flight, and students experiment with these concepts before creating their own simple flying machines.
  • Grades 6–12: Classes explore the aircraft carrier Intrepid and examine the machinery that makes flight at sea possible. In hands-on activities, students work in groups to demonstrate the physics of flight and how those forces interact with one another.

All Hands, self-contained classes, all ages:
These 60–90 minute multisensory explorations of the Museum are led by Museum educators and are specifically designed to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students. Themes include space science, aviation and aircraft, life at sea and transportation. Click here for more information. To reserve one of these programs and discuss program goals, please contact us at access@intrepidmuseum.org or 646-381-5158.

Aviation Next, Grades 6-12:
While exploring the Museum’s aircraft collection and the exhibition Drones, students will discuss technological advances in aviation, compare and contrast manned versus unmanned flight, and discover how advances in aviation affect human populations. Limited availability.

Video Conferencing:
If your class is unable to come to the Intrepid Museum, call 646-381-5162 to ask about our video conferencing options.


New York City public schools: $10.50 per student
All other school groups: $13.00 per student

A limited number of FREE programs are available to New York City Department of Education public schools with Title I designation. Please inquire about these funded programs when making your reservation. Funding is limited to 120 students per school and cannot be guaranteed for all Title I schools. Free programs will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.


School groups may also schedule self-guided visits to the Intrepid Museum for $10.50 per student.

Free, printable scavenger hunts and a resource packet for On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War are available here.

Education programs and school rates are only available for groups of 10 students or more (groups of 6 or more if you are bringing students with disabilities or special needs) with advance reservations. Please make reservations at least two weeks prior to your trip date. More information can be found on our FAQ page.

To schedule your visit, please complete our School Program Reservation Request form. Once you have submitted the form, a representative from the Education Department will contact you to confirm your trip.
Power of One

Power of One, the Intrepid Museum’s eminent speaker series, is based on the notion that an inspiring event in a young person’s life can create positive change. Speakers in the series are prominent individuals who have overcome adversity, made advances in their field of study, effected change and acted as global citizens. They connect to students and their interests, and are often tied to Intrepid’s history and technological achievements. Hearing directly from them encourages students to live by the values of respect and responsibility and strive to be the innovators of the future. Power of One incorporates guided explorations of the Museum, led by educators, and may include live performances, demonstrations and scientific experiments.

The Museum has welcomed former NASA astronauts, BBC State Correspondent Kim Ghattas, Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe Brown, filmmaker Spike Lee, Special Olympic athletes, Holocaust survivor Sally Frishberg, scientists from the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Olympic athletes and many others.

To inquire about attending upcoming programs, please contact schoolprograms@intrepidmuseum.org.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.