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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

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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hill3569
Portland, Oregon
"Amazing! Unexpectedly so!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2016 NEW
We visited the Midway at the urging of our son. Frankly I really had no interest but went for something to do. I was amazed and we spent nearly 5 hours there! The audio tour was so helpful in really giving you a feel for what it was like to live and work on an aircraft carrier. I had no idea. I'm glad we made time for this and I'd encourage anyone who hasn't visited to give it a go, it was well worth the price!
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TravelingQuinn
Salem, Oregon
"Wonderful museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2016 NEW
I have been looking forward to visiting the Midway and I wasn't disappointed. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Expect to spend at least 3 hours. Learned a lot from the self-guided tour.
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S7139VEjimg
Browns Summit
"South American Tour di force "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2016 NEW
In Old Town San Diego where Mexican cuisine dominates, this eclectic restaurant has interesting dishes from South & Central America. I had fried plantains with garlic cilantro sauce for an appetizer followed by a Peruvian lamb dish. My wife had a costa rican vegan plate with black beans & rice. Good flan for dessert and after a week of crowded, noisy restaurants with loud trashy music blaring in the background, this was a welcome respite, a smaller place with soft music playing. Very friendly service.
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photoguy_10
Tampa, Florida
"Just scratched the surface"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2016 NEW
First off plan to walk a lot and climb a lot! This retired aircraft carrier is huge and there is so much to see! Be prepared for lots of climbing and tricky walking through the bulkheads. The most amazing part to me is the actual men who served on the USS Midway are docents in many areas. These retired hero's tell what life was like on one of the most amazing carriers of it's time. There are audio guides included in the price of your self guided tour. AAA discount and online pre-purchase save you $2 off the @20 price. I spent 2.5 hours and barely scratched the surface of seeing this amazing piece of history. You can easily spend the day but I didn't have that much time. Hope to return.
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BILL C
Fort Worth, United States
"Patriotic masterpiece, and talk with the veterans"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2016 NEW
We visited the USS Midway on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. They had a large screen set up in the hangar where they were showing the memorial service from Hawaii. It was very moving, especially when they ended with taps and the veterans stood and saluted. The Midway has been masterfully restored and looks as if it could be deployed tomorrow. It will take several hours to explore the entire ship and see the vast array of capabilities required to support the ship at sea. On the deck are restored naval warplanes from many eras. Quite often veterans are standing nearby to explain the capabilities of the planes. The highlight of our trip was listening to a WWII veteran describe the Corsair and how he had disabled a U-boat that had surfaced near the Mediterranean. Stop and talk with the veterans aboard since their stories are inspiring.
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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.