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

241 Reviews
Maura Howerton
Garrison, MN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Easy as pie!"
December, 2018 NEW
We not only got a discount on the cost but entry was as easy as pie!
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Tip: Awesome museum. Lots to do and listen to.

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Diana Combs
Cocoa, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great website"
December, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed the USS Midway Museum. We used Reserve San Diego to purchase tickets. The website was very user friendly and probably took less than 2 minutes to purchase.
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Tip: Check out Reserve San Diego for discount tickets.

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Giovanni Gabrinez
Spring Valley, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The best ."
December, 2018 NEW
Great time to bond with my family. The first museu ship I’ve been to and worth the time experiencing the ship .
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Tip: Great time boding with family

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Pavel Slavicek
CZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great muzeum"
December, 2018 NEW
The USS Midway Muzeum was great... I recommend it. The reservation via this website was easy even for foreign person.
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Tip: Nice ship

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Jon Cluff
Midland , MI
1 Review
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"Easy"
December, 2018 NEW
Simple way to save money. If I can negotiate the site, anyone can.
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Tip: Just show your purchase e-mail at ticket office...simple.

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Gauri Prasad
phoenix, AZ
1 Review
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"Defence the backbone of any country"
December, 2018 NEW
It was pleasure to visit pride of country. Real view of soldier life in marine . Their strength and courage is clearly visible once we visited USS midway. Realized the power of country and real heroes who make it possible for us to sleep peacefully when they are actual risking their life. We feel lucky to visit this extraordinary place. Thank you for making it happen for all.
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Tip: Difficult life while fighting for country

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Qiang Yu
El Monte, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great museum"
December, 2018 NEW
Really great experience for the whole family. Took us almost five hours to finish the whole museum. Really a must for military fans. All the tour guides did a really excellent job. Highly recommended.
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Tip: Comfortable shoes and some snacks

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Venkata Sai Mallikharjun Yalamanchi
San jose, CA
1 Review
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"Over all"
November, 2018 NEW
All good ,, very nice
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Geoff T
Olton, United Kingdom
"Do find time for this experience in San Diego"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2018 NEW
Although this carrier is a large floating museum there are many facets that bring it alive. Firstly was the smell of grease and metal as I strolled around the hangar deck appreciating its size while learning from the many exhibits. The included audio handset enabled me to learn much at the numerous points of information all over the vessel. Lots of different types of aircraft and helicopters. However, the best experience was to see, hear and talk with the many veterans volunteering around the ship . Their first hand knowledge, dry humour and passion said so much about this part of World History. Allow 3 hours of more for your visit.
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jsmooney
Birmingham, Alabama
"Plan on spending at least 3 hours here"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2018 NEW
This was the highlight of my trip to downtown San Diego! Do yourself a favor and plan on spending at least 3 hours here. There is a lot of walking involved as well as going up and down ladder/stairs on these ships. I do not think there is traditional elevator access to lower decks. There is an elevator going up to the flight deck, however. Do yourself another favor and pick up the FREE (included with your admission) audio tour thingy. Also bring a pair of headphones with a 3.5mm plug. Most rooms and planes have an audio narration that adds to the experience and gives you context. We spent just over 2 hours on the ship and rushed through most of it due to the end of the day. Ask the volunteers on the ship; they love talking about the ship! They enhance your experience. Hint: go in the afternoon and watch the sunset from the flight deck!
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m4slcsam
Geelong & Bellarine, Australia
"Superb Day- Highly recommended!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
We visited today family of 4 with an 18 and 15 year old and we loved it. It's a very informative day. Take the ear pieces and listen to the commentry as you go around its free. Also go on all of the guided tours around the ship. These lovely men actually served on these ships in the Navy and really know their stuff.
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boodro79
Larose, Louisiana
"Humbling"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
This was a really cool place to visit. Lots to see. Veterans volunteer here so getting to talk to them about their experiences in the wars was awesome.
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tedcavinski
Rochester, New York
"Nice piece of history"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
Nice to finally be here and walk where some of my family has. Turned this into a business networking opportunity. I’m amazed by the strong technology back in the day and humbled by the sheer history of this ship.
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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.