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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

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    Climb aboard the USS Midway carrier in San Diego, a former naval vessel that now plays home to a fascinating range of exhibits on the American military. It’s a fascinating way to learn about military history along with an iconic piece of Americana.
    Begin your USS Midway visit on downtown San Diego’s Embarcadero, boarding the ship any time during its regular hours of operation. This marvel of engineering once housed more than 4,500 crew members across its various decks, and served in the US Navy between 1945 and 1992, making it the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Over the years more than 225,000 sailors have walked its sturdy decks.
    Once on board the ship, you have a range of options to explore. For more than a decade this famous carrier was the largest ship in the world (too large to fit through the Panama Canal, in fact), so there’s no shortage of things to do. Continue on a self-guided audio tour, told through the stories of the ship’s former officers and sailors.
    Or visit some of the 65 highlighted locations throughout the vessel, covering its bridge to its engine room. There’s also 25 restored aircraft lining its deck and a range of interactive exhibits to suit visitors of all ages. You can also get a better sense for life at sea as you explore the ship’s restored living quarters, including the galleys, sleeping quarters and officer’s country.
    Before you go, don’t forget to check out the flight simulator, and make sure to stop by the gift shop and café to cap off your visit.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    I spent 3 years on the USS Midway (76-79). I was amazed at the exhibits that are available to experience life on board an aircraft carrier. The volunteers are so knowledable and helpful. This the best Naval museum I've ever visited. A must see!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank GERHARD R
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    great attraction in san diego. good for 2-4 hours. kids have fun. impressive stories about the uss midway and the airplanes.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank pablotrachsler
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    If you’re ever in San Diego and you’re looking for something go to do, put this at the top of your priority list. It is one of the best museums I’ve ever been to.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Christinerangerfan
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    We arrived at 11am and were planning to stay for 2 hours but ended up staying for 5 hours. We visited the museum in the following order: • Battle of Midway theatre to watch a film called the “Voices of Midway” - it was just...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Muldr4Scly
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    Be prepared to walk a lot. All worth it though, wonderful history. Lots to see from aircraft to where the sailors bunked.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Jim C
    ussmidwaymuseumcv41, Guest Services Representative at USS Midway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Hello Jim - Thank you for visiting the Midway Museum, we are glad that you enjoyed looking at our selection of aircraft and viewing daily life inside the bunks!

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    July 17, 2019|
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    Response from Mkdkay | Reviewed this property |
    Yes on the upper deck garage for the planes underneath. You would be limited to go through the bridge, living quarters, engine room, etc. as you’d need to use steps or going in and out of certain halls. It’s a mixed bag... More
    July 16, 2019|
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    Response from handygirl76 | Reviewed this property |
    Its self guided. They will hand you this little box that can sync with the little information boxes you see at each exhibit. How long it lasts will depend on you and your personal interests.
    July 12, 2019|
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    Response from coenvdbrink | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, military and police, firefighter, EMS and first responder discounts.
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