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The Intrepid Museum’s Education Department offers programs for students in grades pre-K–12 from schools, homeschool groups, after-school programs and more. Programs are aligned with State Standards and support the Next Generation Science Standards. All school programs are tailored to specific grade levels and can be modified for groups with special needs if requested in advance. Plan a museum visit for your school group now!



    Each program 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.

    All programs are 90 minutes unless otherwise noted.

    • Grades PreK–2: *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: 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 combines exploration of the ship with an experience in the Museum’s education center.

    • Grades 6–8: Students learn the art of reading for context clues through visual imagery and generate a dialogue based on their own interpretations of historic photographs. This program combines exploration of the ship with an experience in the Museum’s education center.

    • Grades 9–12: 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 combines exploration of the ship with an experience in the Museum’s education center.

    Science programs 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.

    All programs are 90 minutes.

    Space-Focused Science, Grades K–12

    • Grades PreK–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. This program is 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 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 Focused 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.

    Aviation Focused Programs Grades 3–12

    • 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. Click here for more information. To reserve one of these programs and discuss program goals, please contact us at 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.
    Available until December 1, 2017.



    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.

    Additional, yet limited, funding is available for groups with disabilities based in NYC. Please inquire about these funded programs when making your reservation.

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



    To schedule a visit to the Museum for your school group, please complete a School Program Request form. Reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the requested trip date. Contact us at 646-381-5169 or at for further assistance.

    Education programs and school rates are 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. More information can be found on our
    FAQ page.


Con Edison sponsors STEM Days Out, free programs at the Museum for middle school students in New York City and Westchester. During STEM Days Out, students will build skills in scientific inquiry, experimentation and the engineering design process. Eligible middle school groups may book any of the Museum’s space, aviation or water science programs for free on select Wednesdays in 2018. To find out whether your middle school is eligible or to make a reservation, click here. Subject to availability.

Upcoming dates:
January 3, January 17, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2 and May 16.



School programs and workshops are supported by the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, the Bodman Foundation, Con Edison, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading, the Ambrose Monell Foundation, and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation. This program is also supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Call: 646-381-5020