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“Fascinating look at aircraft carrier” 5 of 5 stars
Review of USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
619-544-9600
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Ranked #1 of 193 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Military Museums, Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The USS Midway Museum is San Diego’s newest visitor attraction, this real naval aircraft carrier offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone. Guests of all ages can enjoy a self-guided audio tour featuring 60 exhibits highlighting this “city at sea” and 25 restored aircrafts. Explore galleys, officer’s country and sleeping quarters of a 69,000 ton ship, naturally located in Navy Town USA, a visit to the Midway is uniquely San Diego!
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Springfield, Virginia
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“Fascinating look at aircraft carrier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This is a must-see attraction in San Diego. This is a chance to see what it is really like on a Navy aircraft carrier. I should know--I was a pilot flying F-4 Phantoms on MIDWAY in the later 70s. For me, this was a nostaligic visit to a ship that had been my "home" for almost three years. They have done a great job in making it a museum. You can roam through many spaces from the bridge through the ready rooms past the berthing compartments down to the engine room. There are even flight simulators on the hangar deck. Kids would love it. One caution . . . there are some pretty steep ladders, so those with mobility issues could have some problems.

Visited April 2013
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“Good to visit for historical reasons and old technology”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Lots of walking up and down narrow ladders and corridors, but fascinating to listen to the history of this old ship and the people who served on it. Small compared to the carriers nowadays, but still quite large. Loved the old aircraft on display on the main deck.

Visited May 2012
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“All good...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

I'm not really a naval history junkie but whenever there is a ship to see, either serving or decommissioned, I like to have a look. Because we were running late, we only got there at 3pm (it shuts at 5pm) so didn't see everything on offer. What we did see and learn made the trip worthwhile. It was a well laid out museum and self guided tour. I would recommend it.

Visited April 2013
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“Good Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Spent a morning on the USS Midway, after returning from a 20 day cruise through the Panama canal. Interesting to compare the on-board lifestyle of a warship sailor with that of a pampered cruise patron! Very good collection of naval warplanes, and excellent access to all the various parts of the ship. Lots of explanations and well laid out. A very entertaining and informative morning. It is also worthwhile to walk along the waterfront and enjoy the boating activities on the bay, and the restaurants and shops.

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“Absolute must see !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This was great - plan on at least 4 hours here - probably longer. The guides / staff are passionate about the Midway and USN in general. Their knowledge and in many cases first hand experiences are great and the way the stories are laid out is great. Complimentary audio tours and a great gift shop and food / drink concessions on the stern / fantail of the ship. They do have real ceremonies onboard ( retirements / reenlistments etc ) and you are welcome to watch. I make a point of visiting naval museums across the world and this was just amazing !! Not only the ship but the entire precinct is amazing with sculptures and memorials that need to be seen. Active serving military are given complimentary tickets - just show your Mil ID and that includes any countries military.....no probs at all with Australian ADF ID ..... From the bow on the day we were there, across the bay there were 4 x active USN Aircraft Carriers so a very loyal and proud 'Navy Town' in San Diego. This is an absolute MUST SEE....

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