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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

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  • Skip the Line: Proceed directly to the front gate for admission
  • Visit one of the largest aircraft carriers in the US Navy fleet
  • Enjoy over 60 exhibits including the flight deck, galley, engine room and more
Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum
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USS Midway Museum
Admission to the USS Midway Museum
From $21.00
Take a trip through American naval history with admission to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. This enormous ship, known as the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, now offers a range of interactive exhibits, a self-guided audio tour and numerous restored aircraft across its 4-acre (1.6-hectare) flight deck and sections below. It’s an essential piece of San Diego’s, and America’s, military history.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (443)
1 - 5 of 42 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Make your visit easier!

We had our tickets on my phone and were ready to enter when it opened. Everyone else was in line to purchase tickets.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nomad699523
Reviewed 1 week ago
Don’t Miss This

One of the best large ship museums in the country. We’ve been to both coasts and have toured many US ships—big, little, old, new— and this is one of the best with its on-deck docents and their personal stories and rendentions of events. So many...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BosleyJay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Extremely interesting

We spent half the day walking around the ship and learning about its history. Paul, a retired pilot, led us through his personal stories about how the flight deck works and is a must do when you’re there!

Thank nikkirG4738JM
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it was great to purchase our tickets ahead of time and we didn't have to wait in the long line. it was very educational experience. there were places a handicapped person could not go so I felt bad or them.

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Travel567699
Reviewed December 17, 2018
Love the self guides tour.

It was great having the self guided tour. We could take out time to experience the sights and stories of pass crew members.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank dpearson56
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