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Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Captures the Glory of Naval and Aircraft History in New York City

A museum which claims to cover air, sea, and space must have something impressive to offer student tour groups, and the Intrepid Museum in New York City delivers. The Intrepid Museum opened in 1982, but just renovated exhibits and re-opened in November 2008. Keeping with the interactive theme of other new museums such as the Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington D.C., and the Newseum, this New York City museum offers the visitor an interactive learning experience. Touring a decommissioned aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine in a museum where pictures, audio and video clips tell the stories is a great way to learn on student trips focused on Social Studies, U. S. history, and more.

A Brief History of the Intrepid

Commissioned during the height of World War II in 1943, the Intrepid, a floating aircraft carrier, is now a museum. Though the Intrepid is permanently docked in New York City it was once in Vietnam and traveled the waters of the north during the Cold War. At one time, the crew and ship recovered space shuttles for NASA. This varied history intrigues student tour groups and invites them to consider the long-range impact any naval vessel can have upon history.

What to Expect on Tour of the Intrepid

Heroism, education and excitement all color a visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The Museum features a range of interactive exhibits and events providing students a range of activities. Thrilling historical re-creations such as Kamikaze: Day of Darkness, Day of Light, is dramatic and powerfully presented with the latest in video and audio technology. Visitors may ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the world's fastest commercial airplane, the Concorde. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum provides a powerful student tour experience fed by a dynamic, innovative and moving environment for learning and enjoyment.

In addition to the aircraft carrier, the Intrepid Museum also houses

the submarine USS Growler. An historic vessel, it is the only intact strategic diesel-powered submarine capable of nuclear missile firepower open to the public anywhere in the world. Since the chance to tour an actual decommissioned nuclear submarine is rare -- student travelers will surely remember it.

Students also have a chance to learn about the Interpid as a machine. The technology of the aircrafts that flew from her deck is explored in the museum. Student tour groups will be able to comprehend the inner workings of the naval vessel that supported over 3,000 American lives while at sea. Students will also come to know the Intrepid as a community of people, committed to protecting the United States. The crew, their lives as sailors, and the remarkable bonds they forged are explored in narratives captured in a variety of media.

The Michael Tyler Fisher Center for Education

'Stop, think, and do' are the objectives of the educational programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are put into play with active learning exercises tied to the exhibits. Students derive a true educational experience from the trip to the Intrepid because the programs are structured with various grade level requirements in mind. Teachers may even obtain lesson plans [http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Education/Teachers/Lesson-Plans--amp;-Activities.aspx] and teacher training from Intrepid Museum Educators [http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Education/Teachers/Professional-Development-for-Teachers.aspx]. Participation in the Museum's teacher programs is a great opportunity to prepare curriculum tie-ins before and after the student trip to New York City.

After a visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, students, teachers and chaperones will gain insight into the level of sophistication of the U.S. air and naval defense systems - even dating to World War II.

Learn about history by listening to the narratives of the members of the armed forces who partook in it and the artifacts they left behind. Put a trip to the Intrepid Museum on a student tour itinerary for New York City.

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