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New exhibition opens May 11, A View From the Deep: The Submarine Growler and the Cold War

Nuclear-missile submarines prowl the world’s oceans, their crews standing ready for a launch order that they hope will never come. Today’s formidable vessels have their roots in the tensest years of the Cold War. Explore the history and design of USS Growler, one of America's first nuclear-missile submarines. Historical artifacts, oral histories and immersive experiences offer a behind-the-scenes look at life on board. Then experience the actual submarine Growler!*



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Silent Service: The Story of USS Growler
Weekends & Holidays, early morning

Enhance your experience of the exhibition with a guided tour of the submarine. See its inner workings up close, and explore the tight quarters where men lived and worked, patrolling the frigid waters off the coast of the Soviet Union. Learn more


Join fellow service members and veterans for an after-hours tour of the Museum’s new exhibition A View from the Deep: The Submarine Growler & the Cold War, led by curator Jessica Williams. Afterward, enjoy a catered dinner. Free with advance registration. Learn more.
Submarines: Life Underwater

Learn about the submarine Growler and the life of a submariner. Then experiment with keeping things afloat and other design challenges! Families have the option to explore Growler or immerse themselves in the interactive exhibition Submerged. Learn more
Diving into Density

Submerged exhibition

How does Intrepid float? How did Growler dive? Take a tour of our massive aircraft carrier, and explore our interactive exhibit Submerged. Then dive and surface with your own submarine by creating a Cartesian diver in our workshop. Learn more



Growler patrol flag, 1962–1963
Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Gift of Duane Heatwole. 00.2011.286
Map of the Kamchatka Peninsula, updated 1961
Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. A00.2018.01
Atomic Adventure, Joseph Binder, 1956
Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 2018.10


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Institute of Museum and Library Services *Admission to the exhibition on Pier 86 is free. Admission to the submarine Growler requires purchase of Museum ticket. A View from the Deep: The Submarine Growler & the Cold War is supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Rehabilitation of Growler was supported in part by National Maritime Heritage Grant funding from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, administered by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
NEH Summer Institute: The Cold War through the Collections of the Intrepid Museum
July 22–August 3

Teachers from around the country will explore the history and technology of the Cold War. This in-depth institute will strengthen their understanding of this era in history and their ability to teach the subject critically and engagingly.

Educational programming has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.