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

195 Reviews
Celine Pirot
Montreal, QC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Super nice"
September, 2018 NEW
We spent around 3 hours in the USS Midway and we loved it.
Employees seems to be mostly benevol (retired military) and have a lot of stories related to the Midway museum. That’s part of the visit. It was very nice to visit and not too packed as we arrived in the morning.
I will recommend it for all ages and it was my favorite attraction in San Diego!
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Mehmet Ozkan
Los Angeles , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"History Learning Place"
September, 2018 NEW
It was a great place to visit for every age visitors.The backstory of USS Midway is fascinating.
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Tip: Because it is an outside activity, you should consider weather.

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karen mans
wichita, KY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway"
September, 2018 NEW
We spent the whole day discovering every nook and crannie of this ship. It's the first time ever seeing a ship like this. We had fun sitting in the airpanes for photo opts. The hand held audio device to give you more information was handy. We enjoyed the talks given by former servicemen that had actual experience.
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Tip: We had to go up and down ladder steps but were not bad.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Plumas Lake, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway"
September, 2018 NEW
Well worth the time to see. An excellent tour led by docents that served onboard. Allow yourself plenty of time as there is much to see and do.
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Tip: Allow plenty of time. Parking lots fill up quickly

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Natalia Lopez
ES
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing"
September, 2018 NEW
We had a lovely time visiting the USS Midway Museum. The volunteers were incredible; they truly do it with love! Thank you for the amazing experience!
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Irene McEnerney
Miililani, HI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic Midway"
September, 2018 NEW
We truly enjoyed our day on the Midway! We are from Hawaii and it was my granddaughter's first trip to San Diego! We have the Missouri docked in Pearl Harbor, but it is only a battleship. This was awesome and she loved all the aircraft. The audio tour was very informative and interesting. So many volunteers and the stories are amazing!
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Tip: Parking is very difficult to find. They should have an alternative parking setup or a shuttle from a parking lot.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
Gardena, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great place"
September, 2018 NEW
Went with family in August. It was nice weather and place with great exhibition. There are a lot of things too see and play. If you don't experience yet, I am willing to recommend.
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Tip: I recommend sun glass and cap when bording.

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Kelli Oetzmann
Urbandale , IA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway"
September, 2018 NEW
Awesome tour. Family loved it
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Tip: Plan enough time to tour it.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Matthew G
Toronto, Canada
"A great holiday destination"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
A must see when in San Diego...You can sit in many of the aircraft on deck and take pictures..there are ex-navy pilots giving talks on the many facits of the aircraft carrier and for a small fee sit in the simulator..take the walking tour below decks because it's a real eye opener about life on a ship...
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Tyke9
England
"Fantastic!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
We spent about 3 hours on board, and TBH it wasnt long enough, 5 hours would probably be needed to do the Midway justice. Staffed by people who actually served on the Midway, made the first hand stories really interesting, and the recorded commentaries from various crew and pilots brought the whole thing to life. A must visit if you are in San Diego.
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AnthonyD3018
"Living History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
This did not disappoint at all, super exhibits and many staff are prior service. So don't be afraid to ask questions. You may end up talking to those whom served on this carrier. I have seen a few of these around and I have to say this is one well kept lady. With a history and story that we can all be proud of.
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Stacy B
"Great history!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
This is a must see/do in San Diego! It was so fun and informative to listen to the presentations At many of the stops The tour guides shared their real life experiences on the USS Midway. I want to visit again to take more of it in.
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SevyLevy
Louisville, Kentucky
"Takes longer than expected but worth it "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
My husband and I had planned it would take just about 2-3 hours on board, but it takes much longer if you want to see things and listen to the audio tour. You should also take your own headphones with an old school headphone jack for the audio tour, though you don’t have to. I wouldn’t recommend this for older people or people with mobility issues or small children, especially if you go inside the ship. Inside is tons of steps and hazards, and small spaces. But it was worth it. We learned a lot. We were on board about 4 hours, didn’t even finish the audio tour, and didn’t see everything. To see it all, plan for 6 hours. But it was great, I would recommend doing it.
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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.