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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
  • Located on the waterfront.
  • USS Midway is authentic aircraft carrier.
  • 60+ exhibits.
  • 29 restored aircraft.
  • Offers self guided audio tour in six languages.
  • 60% of exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • Parking available for a fee.
  • Last admission is 4pm.

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

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Bobby Hill
Warren, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome time had by all!"
August, 2016 NEW
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
DE
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
August, 2016 NEW
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 NEW
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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DEBORAH FLAM
LA MESA, CA
1 Review
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"A MUST for all locals as well as tourists."
August, 2016 NEW
What a fascinating museum: great history lessons; fantastic presentations; docents who lead you through take offs and landings on the Midway; a film about the Battle of Midway that breaks your heart but lifts your spirit and 2 fun virtual rides. Plan to spend several hours, at least, to learn and enjoy!
Tip: There is a great little cafe to recharge, and a wonderful gift shop to so you can take home a Midway memory.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
West Point, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great learning experience"
August, 2016 NEW
Loved exploring parts of the USS Midway. It was a great learning experience. My kids all enjoyed it as well. They are very organized and all of the volunteers are very friendly and helpful. Even my 5 year old loved listening to the different parts of the audio tour.
Tip: it is a lot of walking and steep ship steps but my 5 year old did fine.

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Sarah Lloyd
Littleton, CO
1 Review
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"Great experience with teens."
August, 2016 NEW
It was an excellent experience for teens and adults. We wouldn't recommend taking small children or elderly adults.
Tip: It takes several hours to go through. I'd allow atleast 4-5 hours.

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Dana W.
North Las vegas, NV
1 Review
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"Amazing people"
August, 2016 NEW
From the moment we reached the top to enter, every single staff member went above the call of duty.
Tip: Lots to see,and bring water

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Stephen Chavez
Albuquerque , NM
1 Review
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"Can't Miss"
August, 2016 NEW
The USS Midway is an amazing experience.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Bakersfield, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Midway Museum Tour"
August, 2016 NEW
Allow plenty of time to see everything inside the ship. You can spend an entire day here. There is a place to purchase lunch inside the ship.
Tip: There are great picture spots throughout the ship. Be aware you'll be climbing stairs and doing a lot of walking. The audio tour is fantastic.

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Lacy Wright
Midwest city, OK
1 Review
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"Great!"
August, 2016 NEW
Very nice piece of history. People working there were anxious to discuss the history of the ship and could answer any question we had. Very educational and fun!
Tip: Be prepared to walk and sweat! It gets hot below deck!

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Tolleson. , AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Interesting ship"
August, 2016 NEW
Interesting museum to visit and a lot of history to learn. Enjoyed listening to the guy explaining how aircrafts land on the carrier.
Tip: It's a lot of walking and climbing very steep stairs. It's a tight squeeze in many spots.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Murrieta, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Educational and fun"
August, 2016 NEW
Great place to learn and have fun. Took the kids they loved it and learned something new seemed at every turn. Lots to see and do you get to see how our servicemen lived and worked on this grand ship. Touch to write about you just need to go and see for yourself.
Tip: Parking is free but it does fill up get there early or you will need to pay to park elsewhere.

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diane yanek
placentia, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway Museum"
July, 2016 NEW
This is a must when going to San Diego. Young to old will enjoy. With the savings booking thru Reserve San Diego -- it's even better. Thank you!
Tip: It can take hours to explore. Come early to give yourself enough time.

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Clint Lancaster
Surprise, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway"
July, 2016 NEW
Great museum visit. My family and I went to see and had a blast. A must see.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Aliso Viejo , CA
1 Review
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"USS Midway Museum trip."
July, 2016 NEW
Was very nice explore the place with a great deal.
Tip: Go out and have fun.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
San Jose, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Time with Grandma"
July, 2016
I am not a fan of military warfare, neither is anyone from my family. But we enjoyed the visit to Midway Museum very much. It's of course about jets, fighters etc. It is also about the history. It's fun and educational.
Tip: plan at least half a day to visit the museum and the adjacent park.

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Sharon Cummins
Kimberly, ID
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"History"
July, 2016
If you are into military history or just want to see how our navy lives when they are deployed this is a great way to do it.
Tip: The midway is huge and it is a lot of walking threw tight passages and up and down stairs

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Michael Ansell
Menifee, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family day"
July, 2016
I took my family on the Midway museum and everyone had a great time, ages 11-5 and even the 5 year old was really in to it all. It was nice to talk with people that volunteer who where actually on the ship back in the day, we listen to the audio tour and the information was very helpful in understanding all that took place in the past.
Tip: Use the audio tour to help guide you through the ship.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Pinon, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"AWESOME!"
July, 2016
This place is Awesome! It takes a whole day to enjoy everything because there's a lot to see!
Tip: It takes a whole day to tour the place if you want to see everything. Bonus: My kids saw dolphins when we were looking out into the ocean, they absolutely loved it!

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Barbara Peterson
Oceanside, CA
1 Review
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"Time With Grandson"
July, 2016
My grandson flew from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to spend time with me, his grandmother who lives in Oceanside, CA. I thought seeing the Midway would be interesting to him as his older brother had fought in Iraq with the Army. He spent two weeks with me and indicated this ranked second only to his baseball camp at the University of San Diego. He saw virtually every inch of the Midway. He was very supportive of me when I came out of the movie crying. I was born December 9, 1942. My uncle served in the Navy in WWII and was lucky to survive as he was stationed in the Pacific.
Tip: Wear flat shoes and be sure to see the demonstrations on the flight deck.

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Rigo Suarez
Las Vegas, NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Must see when in San Diego"
June, 2016
I just Love the USS Midway, second time I go there with the kids. Will go again next time in San Diego, my kids loved it. A lot to see, and very exciting to be there.
Tip: Have the camera ready, so many pictures to take.

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Paul Blomley
San Diego , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"wow!"
June, 2016
Just staggering. Its sheer size and the statistics!! Amazing. The Docents guide you round with humour, knowledge and interest. The array of aircraft on deck was amazing. An absolute Must Do when in San Diego! Entry price very reasonable!
Tip: be prepared to walk. A lot! nice thing about this tour is you use the real ship's steps. They are steep and narrow in places so that may be a problem for some.

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Sherri Winterble
Simi Valley, CA
1 Review
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"Time travel on The Midway"
June, 2016
My in-laws were visiting from Texas and we were trying to figure out where to take them as well as our 11 year old and 13 year old. We found your site and happily purchased discount tickets the same day as our visit. We all had the best time. My in-laws got to meet an 102 year old veteran who piloted a fighter plane in world war ll. My kids got to operate and ride a flight simulator and we all enjoyed the walk back in time to the different decades when this aircraft carrier was in operation. We ended our visit with a lunch at the Fish House which was delicious and beautiful as our table overlooked the water. I highly recommend this as a great place to visit with multiage family.
Tip: The climb to the top deck is worth the effort for the fantastic views.

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Lisa Marsing
Green River, WY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"WOW! AMAZING HISTORY"
June, 2016
It was amazing to see and walk on and experience history. I loved that they had retired veterans on board. It is worth the money to go see at least once. I may not ever make it back to see it again living so far away. It was also used in Vietnam as a rescue vessel for civilians. VERY COOL!
Tip: Don’t wear dresses. Bring a camera. It is right on the water and it can get cool in June. Plan for the day, it takes a long time to see everything.

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Michelle Baker
Sesser, IL
1 Review
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"A Must See!"
June, 2016
Such an enlightening visit - make a stop first to watch a short film which details the Midway - then be prepared to see all the history come alive as you experience each deck.
Tip: Can be crowded & A trip to the top deck is mandatory!

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Dean Varni
1 Review
"Historic"
February, 2016
A wonderful day spent on this magnificent ship.must see the movie and give yourself some time see.the volunteer's were great and friendly.
Tip: Voices of the Midway is a wonderful display of humanity, the views inside and outside the ship priceless

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Laura Gerbig
Tucson, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Longing for History"
November, 2015
Absolutely wonderful! From the self guided tour to the actual sailors, a true tribute to our U>S> military. Everyone was friendly and helpful as well .Will return soon!
Tip: Allow for half a day to really soak it all in! We wished we had more time to see the Midway from top to bottom.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
El Paso, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"First time visit"
November, 2015
It was great, even with all the walking you do. Get their early to get to see and do everything ??
Tip: Wear comfy shoes, don't wear skirts, and give yourself time to see the tours. It was great to see it all.

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Lorna Dillon
Rainbow, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Midway Trip"
October, 2015
Enjoyed the tour of the Midway. Everyone was very helpful and knowledgable. I think one has to make several trips as there is so much to take in.
Tip: Wear walking shoes.

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Jeanne Valleroy
Duarte, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great piece of history"
October, 2015
The U.S.S. Midway is a great place to learn a little. I never really knew what it took to fly a plane off or onto the top of the ship before. I loved that you were given an audio tour and chould chose where to go based on your time on the ship. I also loves that somw of the docents had been on ships like the Midway and knew what life was really like. I have more of an appericiation for thosw on ships like this now.
Tip: Get there early and give yourself plenty of time to explore the ship.

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Kenneth Ryburn
Chula Vista, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Family Tour"
October, 2015
Took my visiting Uncle who has a lot of interest in aircraft. He was impressed, especially with the knowledge of volunteers giving a history and insight to different systems.
Tip: Parking easy in lot north of docking for $10.00

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saad abdullah
AE
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent place , and a day well spent"
October, 2015
It was a wonderful experience learning about aircrafts ,airplanes and all. Definitely the best musuem ive ever visited! And a great tourist attraction.
Tip: Takes few hours to see around don't miss anything

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Megan A.
15 Reviews
"Neat Place"
October, 2015
This is an awesome place to see. I really enjoyed all the planes on the top deck and getting lost in the maze of corridors in the ship below. We visited for about 2 hours and still didn't get to see everything. This is a must see especially with it being reasonably priced. The E-ticket exchange only took 2 minutes, which made it really easy and liked the discounted price online.
Tip: Bring a camera, lots of photo opportunites and amazing views on the top of the ship!

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Raymond Jesser
Somerton, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The USS Midway"
October, 2015
I was wonderfully surprised how wonderful the USS Midway Museum is preserved. I felt that the ship could have cast off and went to sea in its present state. It was huge and full of information and a great deal of information and interest. I recommend taking a full day or even two partials days to really see everything without rushing and becoming tired. I loved everything about the museum and am grateful to all our past and present service men for serving our country.
Tip: Get ready to walk and drink a lot of water

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Sylmar, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good time!"
October, 2015
Staffs were nice and very knowledgeable with sense of humor :) Got to see many types of aircraft and weather was great. Recommended!
Tip: They closed at 5PM

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Michael Corcoran
Folsom, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Visiting Tha Mighty Midway"
October, 2015
My wife, daughter, and I visited The Midway. I served on The Enterprise & Ranger as a Marine Pilot in the 70's. Was fun showing them how I lived six months at a time. The thing we enjoyed most was the four simulators, located in the hangar well. It was like the old days and it was very reasonable at $8 a person. My daughter & I were upside down most of the time. That made the trip for me. Thanks

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Daniel Diaz
San Antonio, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very informative and accommodating"
October, 2015
You can easily spend half a day looking and reading all the information and visuals they have available for you. The audio tutorials were very beneficial and helpful as well. Amazing presentations, all around a great and very humbling experience!
Tip: Reserve at least a couple of hours for the visit.

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WESLEY STERNER
North Las Vegas, NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway"
October, 2015
When our friends from North Dakota came to visit us, we decided to take them to the USS Midway in San Diego. I went online to Reserve San Diego to see if I could get tickets and sure enough I could, so I purchased and printed them before we ever left the house. My friends father helped design parts of some of the planes that are on the flight deck and hanger deck. We took the self guide audio tour, some of the planes we went back to and listened again. We got there about an hour after it opened and stayed until it closed. Had a great time.
Tip: Get there early. We were surprised how full the parking lot was when we got there.

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Hong Wang
CA
1 Review
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"Great deal"
October, 2015
It was the cheapest I can find for Uss midway museum. Only reason why not 5 star is that you still need to print out and go through the lineup. But it was only 2 minutes the day I went.

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BRIAN DODDS
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS MIDWAY"
October, 2015
Easy fast and fun. Great time and more to see one day may not be enough.
Tip: Easy to get to. Great people on the ship for information

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Curt Foster
Somerton, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Memories, USMC"
October, 2015
GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT TOUR, GREAT SITE, GREAT PARKING, GREAT EVERYTHING AND I WILL BE BACK THIS MONTH WITH MY FAMILY FROM OREGON.
Tip: BE READY TO JAZZED AND DON'T GET IN A HURRY, TAKE YOUR TIME AND DON'T MISS A THING ON BOARD !!!

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David Bryant
Lawrence, MA
1 Review
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"A must"
July, 2015
ive been twice and can't wait for my 3rd

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Luke Huang
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, MN
1 Review
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"Luke"
July, 2015
Excellent show and great service
Tip: introductions in multiple languages.

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Leo Pettinato
Arleta, CA
1 Review
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"A Life Relived and A Life Shared"
July, 2015
I proudly serve aboard the USS RANGER CV61 Stationed at North Island Naval Airstation. My wife and I spent the weekend in San Diego for her Birthday, and one of the highlights of the weekend was going aboard the USS MIDWAY . It gave me the opportunity to show her the many types of aircraft I got to work around , explain the many functions of the flight deck , and the hazards involved. The staff or should I say ships crew were very knowledgeable and narrated with a bit of humor. My wife now has a better understanding of my commitment to this country and appreciates the the attention to detail still maintained the USS MIDWAY. When ever we are in San Diego she is a must during our stay.
Tip: Bring your camera and be prepared to climb the many staircases.

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Donna R.
CA
1 Review
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"And I didn't think this would be a highlight for me!"
July, 2015
We were ending our Panama Cruise in San Diego and I was setting up our agenda for the few days we were going to spend there. USS Midway was very highly rated...so I booked it, not for me to enjoy but for my husband; this would really be his treat. We arrived and I am not sure who enjoyed it more. Enthusiastic volunteers were ready everywhere, friendly and full of information. Walking through the ship enabled me understand many things that I had read about in books but only imagined...and sometime the imagination hadn't been all that great. Now I have a much better understanding of what life is like on an aircraft carrier. It's size was stunning. The aircraft on display were very very interesting. While the military members who served on Midway may not have always found it all that comfortable, we found lots of places to sit and rest. It was very cool and comfortable. We have already recommended it to many friends. We loved USS Midway and we loved San Diego!
Tip: Booking tickets on line before you to is easy and saves you time once you are there.

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Don Wick
Fairfax, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Midway Tour"
April, 2015
Well worth the time. What a historic piece of military and US history! The tour staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Learn the various jobs as well as what life was like aboard the Midway. Lot's of hands-on activities and displays for kids. Recommended for family jaunt.
Tip: Lot's of stairs on parts of the tour. Prepare to duck so you don't hit your head.

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Martha E.
Downey, CA
1 Review
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"Awesome midway day"
April, 2015
The entire family had fun and we found the ship to be an excellent destination. The tour is an all day event that was interesting and a go at your own pace deal. We will definitely recommend this destination to others.
Tip: Parking goes quick so get there early and lots of walking and stairs

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Jennifer B.
San Marcos, CA
1 Review
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"Educational and Fun"
April, 2015
We visited Midway on a Saturday afternoon Easter weekend for my dad's birthday. I purchased tickets online and saved some money and the headache of standing in the long lines at the ticket booths the day of. And you dont have to purchase weeks in advance, I bought the day before and printed tickets off at home. The museum is labeled very nicely and everything is easy to find and various items are explained well. They have maps available too. We opted to not use the electronic self guided tour as our family wanted to be able to visit with each other while we toured and my husband was former military who spent years on carriers. (If you do not know alot about carriers/ships, etc., the electronic self guided tour is probably a must). We would highly recommend the bridge tour, very fun and informative! The volunteers were experienced and friendly. And I don't know if they have WWII vets on every weekend, but some were there the Sat. we went..... ready and willing to share their stories with guests. We met a WWII Corsair pilot who was the sweetest man ever. These guys are truly selfless to volunteer their day and time to sit and answer guests questions. They are our country's rarest gems and absolutely priceless. If you can, take the time to chat with them, you will be amazed and glad you did! There is a lot of walking..... lots of stairs and some areas are pretty narrow. The bridge tour does have some very steep and narrow steps, but my parents are in their 60's and managed fine. Parking at Midway fills fast and the lot was full when we got there, so we ended up having to park in a public lot about 3 blocks away for about $16 for the day. All in all, great tour and a very fun day for dad's birthday and the family. We took about 4 hours to see everything and highly recommend.
Tip: Get there early for better parking, buy tickets online & comfortable walking shoes

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Jacky Chu
San Jose, CA
1 Review
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"Very good museum"
April, 2015
My kids love this museum. They saw many old/new flight. They can understand how midway work and know its history.
Tip: There is very hard to find parking space.

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Stefani Rizer
Elk Grove, CA
1 Review
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"Wonderful time!! B"
April, 2015
My son and I went to San Diego for Spring Break and visited the USS Midway. Our experience was nothing short of amazing!! Meeting the Veys onboard was very special. My son is 13, he lives everything military and his great grandfather was in Pearl Harbour and his grandfather was in Vietnam. He loves learning about all of it. We met many great people, learned all kinds of new things. Visited many of the planes that he already knew so much about and took so many great pictures! Thank you for an amazing experience! Cannot wait to bring grandpa to check it out!! God bless!
Tip: Bring a camera and make sure you have 3-4 hours to spend!

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Otto T.
Bethesda, MD
1 Review
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"Excellent place to learn and have fun"
April, 2015
The most amazing thing is to be able to talk to a WWII veteran and F4 Corsair pilot. The carrier is amazing and the staff is extremely helpful
Tip: Go early, parking lot gets full quickly.

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Jerome O.
Los Angeles, CA
1 Review
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"Great experience for kids and adults"
April, 2015
Impressive structure, lots of history, technically fascinating and visually amazing. Super-nice and helpful staff everywhere. Just make sure you ask when you arrive how to organize your visit: there is a lot to see - count at least 3 hours.
Tip: Lots of parking options around, but allow 15-20 extra minutes on busy day...

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Jiafeng Cui
El cerrito, CA
1 Review
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"I didn't make it, so sad:("
March, 2015
My friend and I bought the tickets but due to the bad traffic and parking situation, we didn't visit the museum, so sad...
Tip: You have to cancel your ticket one day in advance!

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Pamela Anderson
Spring City, UT
1 Review
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"USS Midway Education!"
March, 2015
We added the USS Midway after friends and family recommended it. The price was right for our family. My husband and I were fascinated. We worried that it wouldn't hold our 3 teenage daughters' attention, but it did and we spent over 5 hours on board. The docents were great. So grateful to the men and women who served on the Midway as well as all who have served or are serving our wonderful country!
Tip: That there is a lot to see and learn about! You can spend as much or little time as you want, but you will be hooked, so plan to spend several hours..

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Carla Towery
Albany, OR
1 Review
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"Loved hearing from the Vets!"
March, 2015
This was very informative, reasonably priced, and a good family experience.
Tip: Go early to avoid crowds!

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James Egelston
Maricopa, AZ
1 Review
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"Great Experience!"
March, 2015
My wife and I visited the Midway with our 14 year old daughter and 12 year old son. It was amazing. My son was so interested in all of the exhibits that we had to listen to every stop on the audio tour. Well worth it at every stop. It took us about 5 hours to do the whole ship. The staff, mostly volunteer, was excellent. They were very friendly and very helpful.
Tip: Lots of walking, some tight spaces

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Lynette Stewart
GILBERT, AZ
1 Review
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"Interesting piece of History"
March, 2015
First time in San Diego and USS Midway was definitely on our list. The volunteers were very informative. We didn't do the headset tour and just walked around on our own which we really enjoyed. It was so great to be able to go inside some of the planes on display. We enjoyed the tour of the bridge and the simulators were fun too.

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Cynthia Powell
Canton, GA
1 Review
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"fun in san diego"
March, 2015
Using this web site saved us $10 and time! Loved visiting visiting he Midway. It was very interesting and informative. Loved seeing the volunteers who spoke about their experiences and all that happens on a ship like this. Would recommend to anyone who visits. The views weren't so bad either, especially on the top tour! Don't miss it.
Tip: parking is onky $10, of you buy online you save $5 per person, you can eat on the ship

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Lisa Terrillion
Spring Creek, NV
1 Review
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"A wonderful preservation of American history."
March, 2015
We totally enjoyed our experience at the Midway. We spent approximately five hours there and it was not enough. There is so much to see and experience. Really enjoyed talking to the retired Navy men and WWII vet. I am so glad my husband and I decided to do this. It was truly a blessing and will be a lasting memory for both of us.
Tip: We stayed in Oceanside and took the Coaster to the Sante Fe terminal and the Midway was within easy walking distance. I would definitely recommend public transportation due to the parking.

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Everett James
Peoria, AZ
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Midway.tour 2015"
March, 2015
Great experience from the beginning! We were taken to the visitor center apon arrival to check in, which allowed us to skip the long line. We really enjoyed every nook and cranny of the carrier.
Tip: Wear walking shoes, and expect to climb several stairs.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"very nice experience"
February, 2015
A lot of interesting things , worth the money and time to go

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James Hamann
Casa Grande, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Museum"
February, 2015
Finally had the opportunity to visit the USS Midway. Absolutely awesome time. Allow 3-4 hours to see everything. The volunteers are wonderful and very helpful. Use the free headsets to get information as you travel at your own pace. Enjoy the museum.
Tip: Park in the lot next to the ship otherwise the limit on the street is 3 hours and not enough time to view the museum

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Kevin Lyons
Nyc, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"WONDERFUL MUSEUM AND HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE"
February, 2015
i WAS REALLY HAPPY TO SEE HOW ACCESSIBLE THE AREAS WERE FOR SOMEONE WITH DIFFICULTY WALKING. THEY ALSO PROVIDE A WHEELCHAIR IF NEEDED. THE VOLUNTEERS WERE VERY HELPFUL AND HEARING THE STORIES FROM THE MEN THAT WERE ACTUALLY ON THE MIDWAY WAS VERY MOVING. YOU CAN GET IN THE PLANES TO SEE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO ACTUALLY FLY ONE. MY HUSBAND DID THE SIMULATION RIDE AND SAID IT WAS WORTH THE PRICE.
Tip: BUY TICKETS ONLINE AND GET THERE EARLY

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Tamara Goble
Jupiter, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great History Lesson!"
February, 2015
This past summer, my family and I enjoyed a wonderful trip back to San Diego. I lived in SD for many years and never had the opportunity to visit the USS Midway. My husband and I are both Navy Veterans. We were very excited to bring our 8 year old son with us to show him all of the ships, especially to go onboard an actual carrier! The most exciting thing happened when we were walking across the flight deck and got to see the actual planes my husband had worked on when he was in the Navy in aviation electronics. My son was so intrigued! As we walked around observing the sights surrounding us, my husband noticed that "his" actual ship that he was on, the Carl Vincent, was docked across the way. You can only imagine the pride and joy he felt when he was able to show our son, not only American Naval History, but his Dad's history. We will always remember our tour on the USS Midway! Thank you Reserve San Diego for making that happen!
Tip: Wear sunscreen!

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Leslie Carvalho
San Marcos, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS MIDWAY TOUR"
February, 2015
This is a very well planned audio tour. While, the audio is really quite good, the guides are even better. Most knowledgeable and passionate about their work.
Tip: Aloow for a lot of time, to get the most out of it. Also, plan on having lunch on board the carrier

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Yun Zhong
Salt Lake City, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"good place for tourist"
February, 2015
better to buy the e-ticket before you go. especially in the holiday.

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Fernando Perez
San Diego, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome place!"
February, 2015
This has been a wonderful experience. The best tour in San Diego, my family loves this museum. Thanks for everything USS Midway.
Tip: enjoy the time and please take your time to enjoy this amazing place.

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David Vallee
Okeechobee , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS MIDWAY AIRCRAFT CARRIER"
February, 2015
If you are you have the slightest interest in Military history and especially Naval history you must visit the USS Midway. The audio tour is absolutely excellent. The areas of the Carrier that are on the audio tour are very interesting and educational. The Docents that volunteer on the Midway are super and very friendly. Don't miss the Fantail Cafe, it gives you an excellent opportunity to take a break and soak up the feeling of actually being on board an aircraft carrier.
Make sure you take the time to tour the control tower, you will never forget the experience.
The USS Midway should be a required field trip for all students that live in Southern California.
I could go on and on about the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, however if you are planning a trip to Southern California put the USS Midway on your trip plans !!
Tip: Purchase your tickets on line and plan on visiting the USS Midway for at least 4 hours

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Hector V Cancino
Moreno Valley, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time at the Midway Museum"
February, 2015
My family and I visited the museum this past summer and enjoyed and appreciated it, there is so much to learn about this ship and it's contribution to World War II in the Pacific.
I highly recommend this place to those who appreciate our past history.
Tip: Visitors will step into the past of glorious history and adventure of this American icon.

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Shin King
Temple City, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"awesome!!"
February, 2015
This place is awesome. I don't usually like museums, but I would def come back again...but with my kids.
Tip: they have rides and it's big

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chao Ma
Rowland heights , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"great place for a weekend getaway"
February, 2015
can easily spent half day on the Midway Aircraft Carrier. Learned a lot from the audio. The view on the flight deck is just breathtaking with the san diego skyline on one side and the sea on the other side. highly recommended.
Tip: better to buy the ticket online, cheaper. park on the lot on the right side. the parking lot on the other side has meters that only allow 3 hours parking.

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Michael Hill
Reno , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"AMAZING!"
February, 2015
So much to see. Spent 4 hours and didn't make it to see the Island. So much information and the first hand accounts from the volunteer Vets made it that much more memorable. I've been asked by people going if it's worth it. I say, "amazing and allow enough time."
Tip: Ocean breeze can be cool on the flight deck so plan accordingly. Also, give yourself enough time.

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Denette Hill
OLIVEHURST, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Vacation with Boyfriend"
January, 2015
We had so much fun walking around the Midway. I could have stayed for many more Hours.
Tip: Wear your walking shoes.

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Twyla Chadwick
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"So Much to See"
January, 2015
My husband & I toured the USS Midway Museum on our recent visit to San Diego on the advise of friends. We were impressed with the self-guided system they had developed for their guest whereby you had your own headphones attached to recorded messages about each station on the ship. Personal experiences from people who had served on the Midway were shard from the brig to pilots. It was amazing. We should have started earlier as the 2 hrs. wasn't enough.
Tip: Allow for 2.5 to 3 hrs. to enjoy the whole tour

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Nick Schermann
aptos, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Loved it must see"
January, 2015
This was totally worth it and i can't wait till i get more time to come back and see it again.
Tip: come early so worth the visit

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Jan Stanley
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"WOW"
January, 2015
Wow - a must see for anyone visiting San Diego. Attended the 1st Annual Military Book Fair which was held on the aircraft. We spent the entire day there. Loved that the tour was self-guided so you could go at your own pace anywhere from one to three hours. The displays of the aircrafts are amazing. Also on board they have a gift shop, snack bar and even a Starbucks. Would definately go back.

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Huiwen Liu
Gilroy, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The volunteer veterans are great"
January, 2015
It was my first time an experience to the giant ship. the ship is amazing and has all those preserved aircraft on it. The volunteer veterans are so keen to tell you about the history and are so knowledgeable. We have a wonderful time. Definitely recommend to anyone.

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kevin zahnle
franktown, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"midway visit"
January, 2015
This visit was the best! Lots of information and people to ask questions. I highly recommend this.thanks so much
Tip: lots of walking

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marten Siderius
Fallbrook, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway Museum"
January, 2015
Out of the blocks, Reserve San Diego had the best admission ticket pricing of all the ticket agencies including the Museum itself. The process to download the tickets was easy and there was no hassle once we got to the Museum. Overall a Great service by RSD
Tip: Go straight to the entry ramp with your passes. DO NOT stand in line at the Ticket Counters. To take in the overall exhibit would take at least six hours and that depends on how busy they were that day. Depending on where you go on the ship, there can be a lot of stairs and limited headroom. Anyone over 5'10" needs to duck frequently. Great attraction for ALL ages.

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Armando Medina
Montebello, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Perfect for a day trip!"
January, 2015
The USS Midway Museum is a great place to visit for a hands on experience. My 6 yr. old loved it! Although I do not recommend it for babies or infants. The aircrafts they have on display are eye opening. It took us just under 3 hrs to complete the self-guided tour and were exhausted. Take snacks for the kiddos, walking (and climbing) shoes, hand sanitizer, and a camera, it will be a day well spent.
Tip: lots of walking and climbing over obstacles, be prepared!

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Kyle Prough
Covina, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great museum"
January, 2015
Our family loved this museum. Especially our 9 year old son. This was our second visit and we still learned new information. The boys especially loved all the aircraft.

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Clive Walton
UK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"What An Experience"
January, 2015
Well this was an experience of a lifetime, the ship is amazing and has all those preserved aircraft on it. The volunteer veterans are so keen to tell you about the history and are so knowledgeable. And this baby was built by Rosie the riveter!! Definitely recommend to anyone. well worth the trip from Yorkshire in the UK
Tip: Allow plenty of time and wear decent shoes

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Shuyi Zhang
Castro Valley, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lovely"
January, 2015
The trip was amazing and the price is of a great value.

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Christoffer Grundmann
Valparaiso, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A great and unique experience"
January, 2015
Uncertain how it will work I somewhat reluctantly availed of 'Reserve San Diego' to book a ticket for the Midway Museum, that is the decommissioned aircraft carrier harbored at San Diego. My conference schedule allowed only for a particular day and time which I put into my online request for reservation. With a remarkable ease of access and a very uncomplicated procedure did I get it done according to my wishes realizing that on arrival at the site all worked out exceptionally well. A great service indeed. One only wished that many more place would offer this service.
Tip: Be there in time and be willing to spend several hours on board the museum ship because the guides are all very eager to explain everything in detail and tell their personal stories with this ship, stories which are worth listening too.

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Guillermo Oscar Fasulo
AR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Un día inolvidable............."
January, 2015
Más allá de que soy un fanatico de todo aquello que signifique historia militar. Este paseo fue hecho mas agradable gracias a la opción que tome , al reservar a travez de RESERVE SAN DIEGO ; ya que simplifico absolutamente todo el tramite, a pesar de estar a miles de kilometros de mi país.
Tip: Van a conocer parte muy importante de la historía militar de Estados Unidos e inclusive a algunas personas que formaron parte de esa historia. Ya que en su mayoría los encargados de guiarte dentro de esta travesía, son ex combatientes , o personas que formaron parte de la tripulación de esta nave.

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David Mason
UK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Exceeded my expectations"
January, 2015
The booking process from the UK, using Reserve San Diego was simple, as was pre-payment.
On arrival at USS Midway, our ticket was quickly scanned and we were able to enjoy all this great ship had to offer. The guides, (or docents?) as called in America, were full of knowledge, helpful, friendly and not at all pushy.
We enjoyed some 3+ hours on the ship, investigating all areas on offer, and particularly enjoying the displayed aeroplanes.
A very good visit which I would strongly recommend to any visitor to beautiful San Diego.
Tip: Allow at least 4 hours for the visit.Camera a must.

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Sherie Case
Chapinf, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great tour and excellent Docents"
January, 2015
if you have ever been curious about life on an aircraft carrier you MUST take this tour. I went along because a friend really wanted to see this and by the end I was amazed at all that I learned about how these ships operate and what life was like on them.
Tip: They have a Stabucks on board!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Richard B
San Diego, California
"A Fascinating Experience and Education "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
I had not been on the Midway for a couple of years. It keeps evolving and keeps getting better. I went with 2 adults and 3 young teens. We thought we would only need a few hours and then go to the beach. We spent the whole day and they had to kick us off. The docents are very knowledgeable. There are alot more wonderful exhibits. Excellent educational discussions on the flight deck by former naval aviation officers who were apart of the Midway. An experience of a lifetime.
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Bruce B
"A bit of history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
Launched a week after the end of WWII it is one of the more reverent ships of my lifetime. It was fun to go walk the flight deck and sit in the Captain's chair. The self guided tour can take as long as you want it to take. There are plenty of things to see, a few rides and a nice movie. If you are a history buff of served in the armed service in the past 70 years I am sure you find your investment well spent.
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Knb4evr
"Great time "at sea"!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
This was a wonderful afternoon spent on an amazing ship turned museum. The history of this ship was inspiring and so very interesting. What an amazing undertaking to make it available for the public to experience. Although it's a very large ship many of the walkthroughs were cramped and the doorways had areas that you had to step over to get through so be careful bringing the little ones and the elderly who may be unsteady on their feet. If you are claustrophobic you may not enjoy either. But the exhibits were very cool and the audio tour was helpful in understanding all that the crew undertook to make the ship run. The flight deck was a great place to see the whole harbor and other ships such as the USS Vinson and the USS Roosevelt. Well worth the price of admission... We got $2 off per ticket ordering them online.
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PHIL1275
"SD trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
My wife and I visited this historical ship for our visit to San Diego marina. It was late afternoon and we wish we had gone earlier. There are so many items to see and read. The volunteer people on the ship were so nice and very informative. We want to go back and view the planes we missed. Also know the walk to the Captain's deck closes at 4PM and it is limited to a few people at a time. Go early if you want to visit the top deck.
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1Jarhead2
Peoria, Illinois
"Infantry Marine takes a trip back in time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
We were in San Diego visiting with my stepson,who is also an Infantry Marine. In conversation,I mentioned the USS Midway as I remember her back in 1985 at Subic Bay. We decided to pay her a visit as Nancy had never even seen an Aircraft carrier. The aircraft displays are fantastic, the volunteers are former shipmates and professional. The demonstrations and tours are lively and informative. We spent 4 hours on the old girl and had a fantastic time. From the flightdeck you can see the USS Carl Vincent and the USS Theodore Roosevelt which are modern US Navy aircraft carriers. all in all, it is well worth it to see the longest operating Naval ship in US Military History
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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 10am-5pm daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). The last admission is at 4pm.