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.
  • Museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • 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
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

132 Reviews
Frank Marzari
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Hands On Warship Museum Ever!"
May, 2018 NEW
Touch and see aircraft of a wide variety as well as tour the entire ship - from the control tower to the engine room - and everything in between. There is no door unopened for you to see what life was like on the Midway. The best part - the volunteer retired military personnel that have incredible stories to share.
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Tip: Wear good running shoes as there are a ton of ladders to climb. Bring a good camera and some cash to try out the flight simulators.

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Wayne Lidbeck
Arroyo Grande, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Absolutely loved it"
May, 2018 NEW
What a great way to spend a morning. We appreciated the knowledge and expertise of the docents. We enjoyed a reasonably priced lunch in the fantail. We went up the tower, toured the deck, and explored the inner workings of this great ship. From stem to stern, this was absolutely worth our time and money. We will come back!
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Tip: Unless you’ve got knee joint issues, you should be able to go anywhere on this ship.

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Thomas B.
Auburn, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway Museum Tour"
May, 2018 NEW
The Midway Museum tour was an unforgettable experience. Our only regret is that we did not allow enough time to scour every inch of the ship. Allow a minimum of 4 hours and make sure you take advantage of the audio self guided tour. You will be glad you made it part of your San Diego vacation.
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Tip: Wear comfortable walking footwear

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Wonda Barnes
Covina, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Mother's Day Weekend Visit"
May, 2018 NEW
The USS Midway Museum was a great experience. The self guided audio tour and exhibits were very informational. So much to see and enjoy. There is a movie theater and lots of places to sit. Wear comfortable shoes lots of walking and stairs.
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Tip: Parking can be a problem if the main parking lot is full. We had to park about 3 blocks away.

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Randy Kellogg
Desert hills, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Value for a great attraction"
May, 2018 NEW
My wife and I are retired and try to get to San Diego at least once a year. The great deal I recieved through reservesandiego enabled us tovisit one of our nations greatest treasures. The USS Midway Museum. Thank You for taking care of us seniors.
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Tip: The lines at the purchase counter are very long on weekends. Buying on line in advance is the way to go You walk right to the gate.

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andrea howson
UK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Sightseeing"
May, 2018 NEW
Fantastic experience for low cost well worth a visit
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Tip: Do the flight deck tour early as it gets busy later on. Dont miss the starboard part which is at the far end of the hanger

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Brian Oreskovich
Secane, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Unique and Awesome experience"
May, 2018 NEW
Our family of three which included a 2 yr old absolutely loved this museum. Our daughter had a blast climbing all trough the carrier and all the different rooms and control centers. The tour was set up perfectly and the volunteers were very informative and very passionate about their knowledge and personal experiences on the USS MIDWAY. It was very refreshing in a sense to hear from some of the people who actually lived through the real time adventures. We highly recommend this museum if you ever have the chance to visit the San Diego area. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!! This was our first time there and look forward to returning in the future.
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Tip: Be prepared for a lot of steep narrow steps and low clearance ceilings

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Chris Bass
Rio Rancho, NM
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Picture Perfect!"
May, 2018 NEW
I would of never thought I would ever tour an American carrier! Just learning the history from some of the crew members who served aboard, volunteering their time sharing memories of their service was just amazing! We spent over 4 hours walking about and could have easily done an additional 4. It's great to see the Midway become an museum allowing the public an opportunity to do something not many will be able to do! I will encourage my friends and family members who travel to San Diego to stop by and visit just as we did!
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H S G
Macon, Georgia, United States
"Impressive aircraft carrier with self-guided tours using audio headgear."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2018 NEW
Touring this mammoth vessel is self-guided using the audio headphones requires at least 3 hours. Due to the climbing of ladders between the decks, this may not be possible for people with physical limitations (however, I did see an elevator at one point). The charge is approximately $20-$27/per person depending on age and whether you are a veteran. It gives the public a view of life aboard a military vessel and the space limitations. Wonderful introductory movie showing the Battle of Midway for which the ship was named. Recommendation: GO!!!
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Michael F
"Great experience on a ship where great Americans served"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
I had an amazing time on our tour of the Midway. The film at the start of the self guided tour helps set the tone for the greatness of this magnificent ship. Every employee was friendly and gracious with their time. I truly felt welcomed. Awe inspiring and makes me thankful to live in America. Thank you to all our soldiers that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
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Charleigh H
"Family fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
We had a blast!!! My husband is really in to ai planes as well as my kids and this place is a gem!!! There is so much to do. My family learned so much and at the same time had a blast being able to touch and be inside those everyone wonders what they look like. They make you feel as if you are living in the ship. I really recommend it for the family
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EnviroRider
Sydney, Australia
"A 'must see' if you are visiting San Diego"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
If you are ever in San Diego, I can highly recommend a visit to the USS Midway. It is fascinating. The building of the USS Midway aircraft carrier was commenced in 1944 and she was commission right of the end of WWII. She was in active service for 42 years and saw action in Vietnam and the ‘first Gulf’ war. My tour of the ship started with a video of the ‘Battle of the Midway’, after which the ship is named. This battle took place in the Pacific after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour. It was to play a crucial role on the outcome of the war in the Pacific. I then started the walking tour of the ship will the aid of an ‘audio set’. The set was activated at various points on the tour. What is really good about audio set is that the people describing the points of interest are former sailors that served on the ship. In addition, at various points along the tour, there are volunteers who are able to tell you more about the ship. Many of these volunteers are also former US Navy sailors and some also service on the Midway. One of the things that really struck me is the sheer scale of the ship. When it was built, it was the large ship that had ever been built. When it was operational over 4,500 sailors and aircrew lived and worked on the ship. As they say, it was ‘floating city’. Another thing that was interesting, was how the various groups on the ship were accommodated and the interaction, or lack of it, between the groups on a day today basis. The living quarters for the officer and the men were totally separate as were the living quarters for the sailors and the aircrew. A number of people speaking on the ‘audio sets’ spoke about the fact that they only “met and interacted with people in their own teams or groups and there was limited, if any interaction” with other people on the ship. One bloke talked about “going for days on end without going above deck and the only way of knowing if it was day or night were the meals he was eating”. “I am eating breakfast so it must be morning”. The comments by the pilots are particularly interesting. Some of the experiences they describe are quite harrowing, particularly when comrades were lost. There are a lot of planes on the ship covering the period that it was in service. Part way through its service it was extensively modified to enable it the carry the newer planes including the marine version of the FA18. At the end of the tour I went up to the bridge and the flight control centre. This it a good idea to leave this part of the tour to the last. Australians Onboard As I was headed to the exit, I came across some servicemen practicing a drill. The instructions were being ‘barked’ at them in an unmistakeable accent. They were Australians. They were rehearing for an ANZAC Day ceremony has was to take place the next day. I chat will them for a bit. All of them were on temporary attachments to the US Navy in San Diego. I didn’t tell them about my ‘Alien’ experience at Camp Pendleton on my ride to San Diego. Shelias built the Ship I have neglected to mention probably the most important fact about the USS Midway. That is. The vast majority of people involved in its construction were women. This was of course because most of the able bodied men at the time were serving in the armed forces and women were conscripted to do the work. This fact was mentioned a number times on the tour. Comments were also made that, “because the women built it, the ship was completed on time and under budget”.
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ljabetts
Kansas City, Kansas
"A must see."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
Spent a full afternoon, could have stayed longer. So much of history, and a full new respect for the Navy--those are some uncomfortable quarters they live in on ship. Salute you all.
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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.