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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum provides specialized programs and resources to support and enhance the experience of all visitors, including those with disabilities and their peers and families.


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. Led by trained Museum staff, small groups explore the Museum and reflect on the history of the ship, its aircraft and the stories of people who served at sea. These multi-sensory experiences are designed to spark conversation and reflection.

To register, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646-381-5158.

Celebrations Aboard Intrepid
Thursday, November 17

Explore how crew members aboard Intrepid celebrated special occasions with their fellow sailors while in service. Participants will explore historic spaces to discover some of these U.S. Navy traditions and share some of their own!

To be added to our mailing list, please email access@intrepidmuseum.org.


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.

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.

Airplanes & Helicopters
Saturday, May 13, 9:00am–11:00am
Discover how airplanes and helicopters fly through the air in hands-on explorations of the Museum’s aircraft collection, experiments and art activities.

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To be added to our mailing list for Early Morning Openings, please email access@intrepidmuseum.org.

Teens (15+) and Adults with Autism

The Museum opens its doors one hour early for teens (ages 15+) and adults with autism, along with their friends and families. Educators lead short, interactive tours, followed by breakfast, activities and time to explore the ship’s spaces.

These programs are free. Registration is required. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Click here to register.

Astronauts aboard Intrepid & Enterprise
Saturday, April 22, 9:00am–11:00am
The aircraft carrier Intrepid and space shuttle Enterprise each carried astronauts, but for very different reasons! Visit the Space Shuttle Pavilion to learn about these missions and discover what it takes to travel to space.

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To be added to our mailing list for Early Morning Openings, please email access@intrepidmuseum.org.

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.

Intrepid and the Space Race
Sunday, April 30, 11:00am–1:00pm
Learn about the early days of space exploration and see the space shuttle Enterprise.

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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.

Check back for information about upcoming programs.


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.


All Access Maker Camp


The All Access Maker Camp is designed specifically for children ages 8–14 who have developmental disabilities, including autism. Explore the Museum, solve problems, experiment with new tools and technology, design projects, and make friends during this weeklong camp! Campers practice social-emotional skills, including problem-solving, communication and collaboration. The camp takes place during public school spring break and summer recess.

Funding for the All Access Maker Camp is generously provided by the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation.

Who: Children ages 8–14 who have developmental disabilities, including autism. Anticipated camper to Museum educator/counselor to assistant ratio is 8:2:1.

Where: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

When: Campers may attend one of the following:

  • Spring session: April 10–14
  • Summer session 1: August 21–25
  • Summer session 2: August 28–September 1
All sessions are from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

How: Submit an online application. Space is limited. Submitting an application does not guarantee admission, and campers will be selected based on interest in the topic, previous experience, need and the social dynamics of the entire group.

The deadline to apply for the spring session is January 31, 2017. The deadline to apply for summer sessions is April 15, 2017. The application must be submitted via the online form. Please include the child’s most recent Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan.

Cost: $50 for the week (includes all materials and snacks)

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Questions? Contact access@intrepidmuseum.org