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Live From the Intrepid Museum: Inside the Submarine Growler

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Explore a formerly top-secret nuclear missile submarine in this incredible live, behind-the-scenes virtual tour!

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New York City's Intrepid Museum is home to the submarine Growler, the only nuclear missile submarine open to the public in the United States. During this special virtual event, we're going to head inside and explore some of the hidden corners that are usually off limits to visitors.

In the early 1960s, the submarine Growler lurked in the frigid waters off the coast of Russia, while the crew waited for the command to launch its devastating weapons. Luckily it never had to deploy its arsenal, and now it sits in restored condition in the Hudson River.

This live one-hour online experience will give you an in-depth tour of Growler, including a peek at areas not usually visible to visitors. You will see the submarine’s control center, living spaces, and top-secret missile center. Joining virtually will be Ron Rousseau, who served on board Growler. You'll hear about day-to-day life on the submarine, as well as moments of hardship and humor. Come with your questions!

This special look inside Growler will leave you in awe of this fascinating vessel, as well as the people of the U.S. Navy’s “silent service.” You won't need a top secret security clearance to join us on this deep dive inside an actual nuclear missile submarine!

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ABOUT THE INTREPID MUSEUM

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.

Welcoming over one million visitors a year, the Museum includes the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle that paved the way for America’s successful Space Shuttle Program. Also on display are 28 authentically restored aircraft, including the Lockheed A-12, the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. Rounding out the Museum are the submarine Growler, the only American diesel-powered strategic missile submarine open to the public, an 18,000 sq. ft. education center, Pier 86, a publicly accessible pier that is part of the Hudson River Park Trust, and the Exploreum, an interactive hall focused on themes of water, space, air and life at sea.

The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.

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Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This Online Experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

We provide closed captioning for all of our Online Experiences, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at experiences@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.

We encourage you to follow and share the hashtag #AOExperiences for more incredible online experiences and our newest addition of Online Courses with Atlas Obscura and our friends. And check out AtlasObscura.com, the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders, to keep virtually exploring the world through the website’s atlas of amazing places, unique stories, and videos.


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Growler crew member Ron Rousseau, ca. 1964 (Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Gift of Ronald E. Rousseau. P2014.61.39)


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USS Growler patch, 1962–1963 (Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Gift of Samuel S. Cochran. 2018.49.02)


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Galley on Growler


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Enlisted berthing on Growler


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Steering controls on Growler

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