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.
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Lancaster, New York
The ship has been preserved well and includes an impressive collection of planes on the flight deck and plenty of volunteer staff to help answer questions and guide you throughout the ship. There are many exhibits to see and areas to look at throughout the ship, including the officers quarters and the mess hall areas. It was very nice to see a huge part of our history - my husband and brother-in-law enjoyed it (both veterans) and so did I.
Awesome to say the very least. Costantly changing exhibits and areas to see. Went in one side and four hours later appeared on the other side wondering how we got there. Could have easily spent a full day exploring
Key points: Docent are original crew members who give short lectures and videos on deck - don't miss them b/c they have interesting stories. Lots of original planes, helicopters (some you can go inside). Friendly staff! Go inside and see how extensive it is. See how the crew truly lived - amazing. You are free to roam around at your will. Just a great place to spend several hours. Go on a nice day as you will enjoy being on deck. You leave with no regrets.
Sparks, Nevada, United States
This is a real aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum and docked at the harbor. The U.S.S. Midway offers a self-guided handheld tour devices that one enters the location number and a recording will tell about that part of the ship. It is narrated by Midway sailors. They do have a sign language tour for hearing impaired guests. They do have some spots to watch films about the ship. There are also max-flight machines for an extra fee (height requirement does apply). Parking is a bit of a challenge and so expect to pay for it. The state of California (per their DMV website) does not recognize out of state disabled parking permits and it is recommended to get a temporary one from them for your trip. Disabled parking is available on a first come first served basis by the ticket booth but parking fees still apply. Most of the ship is inside and therefore would be okay for a rainy day. The flight deck and bridge would be less appealing on a rainy day. It is first and foremost a museum and therefore, if one is not into museums then one probably will not like this. There are plenty of friendly volunteer crew to answer questions about the ship, planes and helicopters. The U.S.S.Midway even has some cockpits for the kids to try. Some areas are not wheelchair accessible but there are still plenty of things to see in the area that are wheelchair accessible. My 5 year old was excited for the idea of visiting this and then got bored fairly quickly. Kids can earn their "wings" (a plastic pin) from the information desk by answering questions about the ship. I would base time spent on this location depending on how much one is interested in ships/planes. I would expect to spend at least a couple hours, if one is indeed interested in all areas of the ship. It was cheaper to purchase tickets in advance online, if one is on a budget. Don't forget to print the tickets though. It is free to active duty military with I.D. and half price for retired military with I.D.. Also, they do offer deals for large groups and it would be a good educational field trip spot.
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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.
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