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“Impressive from every angle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Impressive from every angle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

After an illustrious career as a United States Navy aircraft carrier, the USS CVB/CVA/CV-41 Midway was decommissioned in 1992. Berthed at San Diego Harbor, the carrier has become a major tourist attraction, opening in 2004. One of the primary functions of the museum is to recount the history of the USS Midway. Commissioned a week after the end of World War II, until 1955, the USS Midway was the largest ship in the world, too big to sail through the Panama Canal. Serving for an unprecedented 47 years, the USS Midway was active in the Vietnam War, and was flagship in Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East conflict. The bridge tours that are provided give visitors a closer look at the operational aspects of the carrier and are very heavily subscribed so that one of the first things to do is to find out when the next tour is on. Museum volunteers that are very knowledgable conduct the tours and many of them are veterans who have a really fascinating story of their own. To go through the numerous displays, it is also best to pick up an audio set as many of the aircraft and equipment are quite complex for the casual visitor, and the audio guide also is useful in pacing yourself around the ship. There is a large gift shop at the end of the lower deck, along with a restaurant. For adults, it is the carrier and its complement of aircraft that is the attraction but for young people, there are a number of simulators that had long lineups, so check them out early in your visit. Other nearby attractions include the Bob Hope Memorial, made up of life size statues which plays his USO tour audio from World War II and the Complete Surrender statue (mimicking the "kiss" in Times Square). My wife and I visited the USS Midway after dark and stumbled into the Bob Hope Memorial with the audio from the USO tour becoming an eerie connection to Hope's perennial tours to the front, this time the Pacific Theater.

Visited June 2013
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“Awesome Day at the Midway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

My husband was very interested in visiting the midway and I was pleasantly surprised how much i enjoyed the visit. The volunteer staff are helpful and informative and I was amazed at the sheer size of the vessel. Good value and fun for the whole family.

Visited July 2013
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“A sight you don't get to see every day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Very well organized site. Speacial thanks to the junior pilot programme which made us all listen the headsets more carefully. And the batch our son got made his day! Don't forget to visit the flight deck!

Visited July 2013
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“Nice tourist stop with a history lesson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Our family enjoyed our visit to the ship and Bob Hope Memorial right next door. Knowledgeable crew to answer any questions. Good perspective on how life on a ship of this size/age might have been without enemy attack. A lot of steep/narrow claiming of stairs, limited elevator access, you have been warned. Enjoyed the informative audio tour. Spent 2.5 hours and really only glossed over the ship,ran out of time and were not able to see the bridge. We came later in the day and battled to find parking, finally found a spot in the public lot next to the ship, 2 hour maximum (12 minutes per quarter) on the meter was a bummer, as the ramp designated for museum parking was full. Parking spaces were tight for anything but a compact vehicle.

Visited July 2013
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“What A Great Memorial”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We went here and were pleasantly surprised. First of all, it's got the best parking....$10 all day. We were right in front of the Midway. This museum is done right. There are people all over to give you info about what you're seeing. There's also an audio guide included in your admission. The cafe out on the deck serves great food and not too expensive. The deck with all the planes was amazing. You can do a simulator ride once you enter which looked fun. We did the extra 30 minute, free escorted tour of the bridge which was done really well by a volunteer who really added to his spiel. We could see from the deck and bridge the nuclear ships (including no. 70 which brough Osama Bin Laden to his watery grave). This is a fantastic place for adults and kids alike.

It is also next to the Bob Hope Memorial, which plays his USO tour audio and the Complete Surrender statue.

Visited July 2013
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