USS Midway Museum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway (Museum) was America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Today, the interactive museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family as guests walk in the footsteps of the 225,000 young men who served on Midway. Visitors explore a floating city at sea, the amazing flight deck and its 29 restored aircraft, flight simulators, and are inspired in the Battle of Midway Theater, included with admission. Admission also includes a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors in English, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, French and German. Visiting Midway is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in San Diego, known around the world as "Navy Town, USA."
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Neighborhood: Downtown
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  • Santa Fe Depot • 8 min walk
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,699 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
My first suggestion to anyone visiting would be to buy your tickets online. This allowed me to enter the ship approximately 10 minutes before opening while the ticket booth was still closed.

Upon boarding the carrier I would skip the hangar deck and save it for the last part of your visit. The main attractions here were the Battle of Midway details, WWII planes, souvenirs and cafe, paid flight simulators and restrooms.

There were three sections where we were allowed inside the ship.
1. Forward section - bunks, anchors, briefing rooms, air operations and commissary to name a few
2. Bridge/Island - guided tour that was limited in size due to space constraints. First section was on flight controls, second dealt with navigation with charts and instruments while the third room covered the steering and command of the ship. This was the best part of the tour for detailed knowledge but of course the Birds Eye view of everything on the deck and surrounding water.
3. Aft - officer quarters, engine room, laundry, tool and welding shop, kitchen and galley, captain’s room and more.

When walking around inside the ship watch your head and feet due to the low ceilings and raised door frames.

On the flight deck there were two talks covering the landing process and taking off preparations. Good veteran pilot speakers and visual aids. Here you could also go inside some helicopters or sit in the cockpit of a jet. A walk to the very edge of the flight deck brought me over the water and frightened a young child when the dad lifted him!

One of the best military museums that I’ve visited recently so highly recommended.
Written November 27, 2022
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Christopher Cam... M
San Diego, CA2 contributions
Nov 2022
I had my doubts about visiting it and I loved it! This aircraft carrier is huge and has many interesting things that all the sailors who are there can explain to you. At the entrance take the audio section that will give you explanations, it is very useful! When you enter they have a short film showing but I highly recommend seeing it to learn about the history and then take the tour with that context. There are many stairs, so I recommend going with appropriate clothing and footwear to be able to do the tour comfortably, because although there are several fans, there are places where it is quite hot. There are some planes and helicopters you can climb on, and a simulator. Highly recommended visit!
Written November 28, 2022
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traveldan21
Culver City, CA667 contributions
Aug 2022
In addition to a short intro movie, the museum includes a walking exhibit through the mess hall, sleeping quarters, captain's quarters, barbershop, etc. On deck, there are more than a dozen aircraft of different kinds that you can walk in, sit in the pilot's seat, etc. There are also more interactive exhibits (e.g., flight simulator) available for an additional fee.
Written August 30, 2022
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Kristy D
Illinois105 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
This was a reasonably interesting attraction for me to do on our vacation, although I have visited an air craft carrier in the past. Having done 2 now, I probably would not do again. If you have no interest in us military at all, skip it. Military history buffs would find it a must do. My school age kids did get bored after awhile. There is a gift shop of course and a small cafe I believe, and some flight simulators which of course cost extra. Parking was $10.
Written August 9, 2022
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SanDiegoFoodCzar
San Diego, CA24 contributions
Aug 2021
Out for a leisurely stroll and saw this amazing ship so I had to stop and take a tour.
The Great- EVERYTHING but the price. There isn't enough time or space to go into all the amazing things about this ship. From getting to sit in a real cockpit of a fighter jet to the simulations available, to even the amazing staff that will sit there and let you ask a thousand questions and get real war time stories from the people that were in the thick of it. THis place is a must see for Every American!
The Good - The food. They have a little cafe which has a decent variety of small eats. Nothing fancy and the prices are what you would expect from an attraction like this.
Why You'd Avoid - The price. This is so expensive! While it is worth the price of admission, it certainly is a proce that would prevent many people, especially families from seeing this American treasure. Look for deals or free days.
Written September 22, 2021
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Ronald B
Cedar Falls, IA137 contributions
Mar 2022
I had no idea that this ship (museum) was in San Diego. Nor did I know that our hotel was about one mile away.

This museum is extremely popular, we got there about an hour after it opened on a Saturday, and had to park a few blocks away (maybe 5).

The volunteers were knowledgeable, and cared about helping us understand the function and importance of the carrier, and it's history. But also focused on the function of the Navy's roles, as a defense force.

The self-guided tour through the ship was great, but I have to admit I wish I'd had a tour guide with me. But there are way too many visitors to have that. They do have audio you can listen to, but my family also didn't have time for that.

We were there for around two hours, and if we hadn't had to catch a flight, I would have stayed another two. Fantastic place to learn, and also honor people who served. Will gladly go again, if I get the chance.
Written March 13, 2022
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lucyjv2018
Newbury, UK107 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Fabulous opportunity to look around this amazing ship, to clamber around and discover what life was like. Audio guide is useful but doesn’t have to ‘be in your ear’ all the time, you select what interests you as you move around. Scale and size is incredible as is listening to the veterans/docents onboard. This is the second USS aircraft carrier We have visited during our trips to the States, there something about the smell of the ship, a mix of oily, metallic, salty. The history is so interesting but one which hopefully will never get repeated.
The walk around the ship is long, you need to watch going through narrow raised step doorways and some of the stairs/ ladders are incredibly steep so might challenge slightly and of course you are doing all this in the shelter of the harbour, not sure I would want to be doing if the boat was moving. The U S does all this so well, sadly the Brits just send their old aircraft carriers to the breakers, think we missed a trick there. Our visit was enhanced further by two operational aircraft carriers in Port, so the past and the present. A great time out - just do it!
Written June 19, 2022
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Shofsan
Sweden315 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
My husband and I were walking around San Diego when we saw the huge USS Midway museum and decided to just "check it out". Little did we know that we would spend the next 5 hours here... this museum is amazing, it gives you an inside look on how life was on board during its use and all of the staff members were eager to tell stories and guide you throughout the ship. Really worth a visit!!
Written October 26, 2021
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David M
Taunton, UK3,270 contributions
Nov 2022 • Business
You don’t need to be veteran or have any interest in ships to be impressed. This old aircraft carrier has been carefully laid out with various historic aircraft from preserved from its own past. The 15 minute Battle of Midway movie was quite moving, as was my whole visit. Best of all was the half hour listening to an old retired naval aviator showing videos and explaining the idiosyncrasies of landing on the deck
Written November 17, 2022
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4TFM
7 contributions
Dec 2021
This is a must see and do! Worth every dollar. But be sure to give yourself at least 5 -6 hours. A good thing to know is that if you run out of time and the museum is closing, you can ask for your ticket to be renewed for the next day. I wouldn't take small kids to this museum but kids older than 8 would probably love it.
Written December 3, 2021
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