Throughout 2022, the Intrepid Museum will celebrate its history and remarkable 40-year journey from its founding in 1982 to becoming part of the fabric of New York City and a world-class cultural institution.
The year-long commemoration will feature new exhibits, a preview of future restoration of historic spaces on Intrepid, content across the Museum’s digital platforms highlighting key milestones from its history, and special in-person and virtual public and educational programming. While celebrating its past and present, the Museum will also take an aspirational look forward at its future.
The Intrepid Museum, a private non-profit educational institution, was founded by New York real estate icon and philanthropist Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth, who saved the storied aircraft carrier Intrepid from the scrapyard and led the effort that brought it to its current home at Pier 86 on Manhattan’s west side. Zachary and Elizabeth both believed strongly in our nation’s responsibility to honor the men and women who served in the armed forces and their families, while educating children and the general public about history and innovations. Their nephew, Ken Fisher, currently serves as a Museum co-chair and works diligently to carry on its mission.
The Museum opened to the public on August 2, 1982. Today, 40 years later, Intrepid, now a National Historic Landmark, serves as the centerpiece of an entire Museum complex that includes Growler, the only American diesel-powered guided missile submarine open to the public, and the space shuttle Enterprise, NASA’s original prototype orbiter. The Museum’s renowned collection also features 28 historic aircraft, such as a Lockheed A-12, the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane; a British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean; a WWII-era Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber; and a soon to be unveiled Douglas F4D Skyray that flew off of Intrepid.
For more information on the anniversary celebration visit Intrepidmuseum.org/40.