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Address: 707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-5006
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+1 510-521-8448
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Famous aircraft carrier from World War II.

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Great piece of military history

We recently visited while on a weeks vacation in SF and had a really good time, we went on the engine room tour and our guide was simply brilliant , very knowledgeable and able to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andrew R
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We recently visited while on a weeks vacation in SF and had a really good time, we went on the engine room tour and our guide was simply brilliant , very knowledgeable and able to answer a wide range of questions The ship was a credit to the volunteers who mange its up keep and I would have no hesitation... More 

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Loganville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stopped and toured the USS Hornet mainly because of it’s connection to the Space Race. This aircraft carrier picked up the Apollo 11 and 12 astronauts and spacecraft after reentry. There are many exhibits and it can take hours to do this ship justice. One tour, lasting 90 minutes, goes below deck (engine room, galley), and... More 

Thank Ed0379
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed the tour of the ship, and its history, but wished it was more friendlyer for people with disabilities the stairs for me were difficult to climb, and I really wanted to see other exhibits there where quite a lot of interesting ones. I would recommend this tour

Thank estherc411
Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

USS Hornet is a retired air carrier, converted into a museum with a famous past. It's located in a decommissioned Naval Air Station Alameda, CA. Its an outstanding treat for "boys" to visit all corners of an air carrier with exceptional exhibits from the ship's life. There is a collection of aircrafts, helicopters and equipment used NASA Apollo moon exploration... More 

Thank Walter A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

served on her in Vietnam. for me it was very emotional. lots of aircraft and apollo displays. wonderfull piece of military history

Thank edheffner46
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a WWII era ship and for those with an interest in warships and mechanical items on a very large scale, it is quite interesting. There are several tour possibilities. A weekday visit is probably best as there are fewer visitors and smaller tour groups.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just went for our 3rd visit with my two 7 year olds who were too young to remember prior visits. I am always impressed by the excellent restoration and how well done the 3 accessible decks are. It's a rare experience since we have so little World War II history in California. All of the exhibits are excellent. The... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2017

well, here's your chance! USS Hornet 12 is open for public. It offers various tours through the ship that will teach you what is was about to work and live on this giant. But you can also wander around on your own. Although, I came across quite some people asking me for directions. So rather take a tour first ;-)... More 

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Martinez, California
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Reviewed March 2, 2017

Hello fellow sojourners - If you are new to the San Francisco Bay Area or even if you are just visiting - you should really make it a point to visit the USS HORNET Museum. It is worth whatever effort it takes to come see it with your own eyes, and walk where others have walked throughout history. Visitors should... More 

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Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

This is a decomisioned aircraft carrier. With my vets card and whatever other discounts they gave came to $30 for both of us. We were there for 5 hours and were never bored. Great tour guides mostly ex-service members. They also have a flight simulator ($7 for 5 minutes) that is fun but not too much for the squemish. This... More 

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