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USS Midway Museum in San Diego, CA

910 North Harbor DriveSan Diego, CA 92101
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Overview

Located along Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, USS Midway Museum features the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Guests can enjoy a self-guided audio tour of 60 different locations on the carrier, from the engine to the control tower; and family-friendly activities including listening to real pilot conversations during Desert Storm, climbing in bunks, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Offers self guided audio tour in six languages.
  • 60% of exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • Parking available for a fee.
  • Last admission is 4:00 pm.
  • Features more than 60 exhibits and 29 restored aircrafts.

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Diana K.

It was an honor to visit the USS Midway. Rich in history and staffed mainly by volunteers, it's a unique experience for all.

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Description

from USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway Museum is San Diego’s newest visitor attraction. This historic naval aircraft carrier museum guarantees a once in a lifetime opportunity for almost everyone. Guests experience what it was like to be part of a “city at sea”, explore galleys, officer’s country, sleeping quarters, and the engine room of the first Navy ship too large for the Panama Canal! Visitors are amazed by the 4-acre flight deck and the 360-degree panoramic view of downtown San Diego. Guests of all ages enjoy over 60 exhibits, 27 restored aircraft, optional flight simulators, videos, climb-aboard aircraft, outdoor café and gift shop. Admission also includes a self-guided audio tour, featuring USS Midway veterans as narrators. Naturally, located in Navy Town USA, a visit to the Midway is uniquely San Diego!

Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom, and peace. The USS Midway Museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family. Guests can spend the day exploring more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 29 restored aircraft. The self-guided audio tour, narrated by Midway sailors, brings the carrier's history to life. Those who dare can "take to the sky" aboard one of two flight simulators.

Our self-guided audio tour is available in 6 languages; English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Chinese.

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

92 Reviews
Daniel Gronemus
Lindley, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Hearing it from the horses mouth"
September, 2016
What impressed me the most about the Midway the most was that most of the people giving the demonstrations or the talks were actual pilots or actual crewmembers either on the midway itself or other navy vessels.
Tip: Parking could be an issue on a very busy day.

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Michael Supancich
Carlsbad, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"See history in person."
August, 2016
The Midway Museum not only offers the ability to see an aircraft carrier in detail along with many aircraft types but also to be guided by veterans who served on this very aircraft carrier! The Midway served not only in the Vietnam War but also Desert Storm!
Tip: Wear comfortable cloths and be prepared to climb multiple levels of steep stairs.

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Griselda Corona
Sun Valley, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Worthy Experience"
August, 2016
It is an amazing opportunity to step on board and go below on USS Midway. It allows us to appreciate the lives men & women have while on board. It is an honor to hear experiences of Veterans that actually served on USS Midway. It is a city on its own. Definitely a tour for families. An extra about this tour is the view from the deck!
Tip: Allow at minimum 2 hours for to enjoy most of what the tour offers.

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c.a. Post
Lexington, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The BEST Military Museum EVER! ;-)"
August, 2016
Miles of hiking and depths of caverns; sky views and wind-blown hair and hats as we braced against the westerly breezes! Probably one of the most amazing tours of a man-made artifact of history! The entry was well staffed and clear about what to do; the docents were friendly, especially the ones who had been on aircraft carriers in WWII and after. The areas were well marked and wonderfully presented. Be sure to wear hiking boots or comfortable shoes as you glide up and down the narrow stairs that heroes of our Navy walked. Listen for echoes of their jokes and laughter as well as some of their pains and tears bouncing off the metal walls of their galleys, wardrooms, offices, and workstations. Even for a landlubber who has never been in the Navy this was a thrilling experience to be savored in memories from our photos and souvenirs! And do NOT forget a camera: aim it in any direction and take home a piece of history that should never be forgotten. The best military museum EVER!!
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and tie-down hats. Arrive early and have prepaid admission. Be sure your camera battery is charged!

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Elizabeth D.
Fort Worth, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience!"
August, 2016
Our family of five enjoyed a wonderful day at the Midway Museum. We were there several hours and could've stayed longer. Be sure and take the free docent tour to see the bridge and captain's quarters. Thank you reservesandiego.com for the discount tickets! Easy to use and quick admittance!
Tip: Parking is $10

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Bobby Hill
Warren, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome time had by all!"
August, 2016
We visited in May 2016 and we had a great time. I was a little skeptical that my children would enjoy it since it was military based and there father was thrilled about checking it out since he is a veteran. But we all really had a great time. We spent approx. 3-4 hour touring they really enjoyed the headphones that were given at the door to follow along with the tour. We saw a short film and got to go behind the scene and get a peak all over the ship. I would highly recommend this activity to all ages!
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Be prepared to spend several hours.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
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1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
August, 2016
My wife and I visited the Midway the first time. The museum is absolutely great with a great audio tour available in multiple languages. The audio tour gives really interesting insights on life on the Midway and similar ships. The volunteer talks about start and landing are impressive. We spent about three hours on board, as we did not have more time. I think I will come back to see the rest.
Tip: Bring enough time - this will take at least three hours and will not be boring after 5

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Alice C.
Plano, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Must do!"
August, 2016
My 22 year old son and I visited the Midway on a Monday. We arrived a bit before 9:30am and were greeted by a Navy veteran who explained we could use the voucher as our entry ticket and didn't have to exchange for tickets. He also suggested we start at the top and do the bridge tour as it gets very crowded as the day goes on. We listened to just about every audio bit of the audio tour. We also enjoyed the live talks on the taking off and landing of the aircraft. The movie was great too as well as the living quarters and daily life exhibits. We spent about 4 hours on board and enjoyed every minute. So interesting. Grateful to all those who served on this vessel!
Tip: Reserve San Diego voucher saved us a few dollars and was easy to buy and use at emtry

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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dan b
Lodi, California
"Breathtaking "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2017 NEW
We had two families with young children go through this amazing museum that is made from an aircraft carrier. This is a must see if you are in San Diego! Absolutely amazing views and military history!
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David F
Scottsdale
"Awesome"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2017 NEW
I listen to history of the take-offs of the planes. It's very informative and I did the landing history. Read on the history on how San Diego became a Naval Port.
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Lynn H
"Humbling and inspiring "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2017 NEW
This is a well maintained, clean and clear museum. The audio tour was easy to follow and well narrated and the guides were informative and personable. The film about the battle of Midway was incredible and gave a stark insight into 6 minutes that changed history. The tour of the ship itself is eye opening as to what kind of conditions existed during the time the Midway was in service. The Bay Area near the Midway is gorgeous. The statue of the seaman and the nurse is not to be missed. I also recommend walking the entire flight deck of the Midway out to the very edge. This was possibly one of the best experiences of our vacation, which included the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest and Mesa Verde.
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NZAnts
New Zealand
"Awesome experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2017 NEW
Fantastic visit and certainly a must do when visiting San Diego. Got here early and went straight up for bridge tour. Overall gives a great understanding of life on these ships. Highlight was the people giving the tours who most had served and were very engaging.
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Mike353632
Virginia Beach, Virginia
"Informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2017 NEW
The museum staff has done a tremendous job to bring the carrier life alive. The audio tour is a must have. It it very informative and interesting, especially with the spoken memories of past sailors on the carrier. There's lots to see and the mannequins stationed at many of the posts really bring the tour to life.
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Frequently Asked Questions about USS Midway Museum

What does my admission to the USS Midway include?
Admission includes a full day at USS Midway, as well as a self-guided audio tour.

How long does the self-guided audio tour take?
Allow 3-4 hours for the tour. The audio tour is available in six languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Chinese.

Where should I park?
Parking is available on Navy Pier (alongside the Midway Museum) for $10 for 12 hours.

When is the USS Midway open?
The museum is open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). The last admission is at 4:00 pm.