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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.

Highlights

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Located on the waterfront.
  • USS Midway is authentic aircraft carrier.
  • 60+ exhibits.
  • 29 restored aircraft.
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Good To Know

from Diana, our San Diego Market Manager
  • Offers self guided audio tour in six languages.
  • 60% of exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • Parking available for a fee.
  • Last admission is 4pm.
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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.

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Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

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Dean Varni
1 Review
"Historic"
Reviewed February, 2016
A wonderful day spent on this magnificent ship.must see the movie and give yourself some time see.the volunteer's were great and friendly.
Tip: Voices of the Midway is a wonderful display of humanity, the views inside and outside the ship priceless

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Laura Gerbig Tucson, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Longing for History"
Reviewed November, 2015
Absolutely wonderful! From the self guided tour to the actual sailors, a true tribute to our U>S> military. Everyone was friendly and helpful as well .Will return soon!
Tip: Allow for half a day to really soak it all in! We wished we had more time to see the Midway from top to bottom.

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Reserve San Diego Customer El Paso, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"First time visit"
Reviewed November, 2015
It was great, even with all the walking you do. Get their early to get to see and do everything ??
Tip: Wear comfy shoes, don't wear skirts, and give yourself time to see the tours. It was great to see it all.

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Lorna Dillon Rainbow, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Midway Trip"
Reviewed October, 2015
Enjoyed the tour of the Midway. Everyone was very helpful and knowledgable. I think one has to make several trips as there is so much to take in.
Tip: Wear walking shoes.

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Jeanne Valleroy Duarte, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great piece of history"
Reviewed October, 2015
The U.S.S. Midway is a great place to learn a little. I never really knew what it took to fly a plane off or onto the top of the ship before. I loved that you were given an audio tour and chould chose where to go based on your time on the ship. I also loves that somw of the docents had been on ships like the Midway and knew what life was really like. I have more of an appericiation for thosw on ships like this now.
Tip: Get there early and give yourself plenty of time to explore the ship.

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Kenneth Ryburn Chula Vista, CA
1 Review
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"Great Family Tour"
Reviewed October, 2015
Took my visiting Uncle who has a lot of interest in aircraft. He was impressed, especially with the knowledge of volunteers giving a history and insight to different systems.
Tip: Parking easy in lot north of docking for $10.00

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saad abdullah AE
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent place , and a day well spent"
Reviewed October, 2015
It was a wonderful experience learning about aircrafts ,airplanes and all. Definitely the best musuem ive ever visited! And a great tourist attraction.
Tip: Takes few hours to see around don't miss anything

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Megan A.
15 Reviews
"Neat Place"
Reviewed October, 2015
This is an awesome place to see. I really enjoyed all the planes on the top deck and getting lost in the maze of corridors in the ship below. We visited for about 2 hours and still didn't get to see everything. This is a must see especially with it being reasonably priced. The E-ticket exchange only took 2 minutes, which made it really easy and liked the discounted price online.
Tip: Bring a camera, lots of photo opportunites and amazing views on the top of the ship!

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Raymond Jesser Somerton, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The USS Midway"
Reviewed October, 2015
I was wonderfully surprised how wonderful the USS Midway Museum is preserved. I felt that the ship could have cast off and went to sea in its present state. It was huge and full of information and a great deal of information and interest. I recommend taking a full day or even two partials days to really see everything without rushing and becoming tired. I loved everything about the museum and am grateful to all our past and present service men for serving our country.
Tip: Get ready to walk and drink a lot of water

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Reserve San Diego Customer Sylmar, CA
1 Review
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"Good time!"
Reviewed October, 2015
Staffs were nice and very knowledgeable with sense of humor :) Got to see many types of aircraft and weather was great. Recommended!
Tip: They closed at 5PM

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Michael Corcoran Folsom, CA
1 Review
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"Visiting Tha Mighty Midway"
Reviewed October, 2015
My wife, daughter, and I visited The Midway. I served on The Enterprise & Ranger as a Marine Pilot in the 70's. Was fun showing them how I lived six months at a time. The thing we enjoyed most was the four simulators, located in the hangar well. It was like the old days and it was very reasonable at $8 a person. My daughter & I were upside down most of the time. That made the trip for me. Thanks

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Daniel Diaz San Antonio, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very informative and accommodating"
Reviewed October, 2015
You can easily spend half a day looking and reading all the information and visuals they have available for you. The audio tutorials were very beneficial and helpful as well. Amazing presentations, all around a great and very humbling experience!
Tip: Reserve at least a couple of hours for the visit.

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WESLEY STERNER North Las Vegas, NV
1 Review
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"USS Midway"
Reviewed October, 2015
When our friends from North Dakota came to visit us, we decided to take them to the USS Midway in San Diego. I went online to Reserve San Diego to see if I could get tickets and sure enough I could, so I purchased and printed them before we ever left the house. My friends father helped design parts of some of the planes that are on the flight deck and hanger deck. We took the self guide audio tour, some of the planes we went back to and listened again. We got there about an hour after it opened and stayed until it closed. Had a great time.
Tip: Get there early. We were surprised how full the parking lot was when we got there.

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Hong Wang CA
1 Review
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"Great deal"
Reviewed October, 2015
It was the cheapest I can find for Uss midway museum. Only reason why not 5 star is that you still need to print out and go through the lineup. But it was only 2 minutes the day I went.

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BRIAN DODDS CA
1 Review
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"USS MIDWAY"
Reviewed October, 2015
Easy fast and fun. Great time and more to see one day may not be enough.
Tip: Easy to get to. Great people on the ship for information

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Curt Foster Somerton, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Memories, USMC"
Reviewed October, 2015
GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT TOUR, GREAT SITE, GREAT PARKING, GREAT EVERYTHING AND I WILL BE BACK THIS MONTH WITH MY FAMILY FROM OREGON.
Tip: BE READY TO JAZZED AND DON'T GET IN A HURRY, TAKE YOUR TIME AND DON'T MISS A THING ON BOARD !!!

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David Bryant Lawrence, MA
1 Review
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"A must"
Reviewed July, 2015
ive been twice and can't wait for my 3rd

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Luke Huang VADNAIS HEIGHTS, MN
1 Review
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"Luke"
Reviewed July, 2015
Excellent show and great service
Tip: introductions in multiple languages.

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Leo Pettinato Arleta, CA
1 Review
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"A Life Relived and A Life Shared"
Reviewed July, 2015
I proudly serve aboard the USS RANGER CV61 Stationed at North Island Naval Airstation. My wife and I spent the weekend in San Diego for her Birthday, and one of the highlights of the weekend was going aboard the USS MIDWAY . It gave me the opportunity to show her the many types of aircraft I got to work around , explain the many functions of the flight deck , and the hazards involved. The staff or should I say ships crew were very knowledgeable and narrated with a bit of humor. My wife now has a better understanding of my commitment to this country and appreciates the the attention to detail still maintained the USS MIDWAY. When ever we are in San Diego she is a must during our stay.
Tip: Bring your camera and be prepared to climb the many staircases.

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Donna R. CA
1 Review
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"And I didn't think this would be a highlight for me!"
Reviewed July, 2015
We were ending our Panama Cruise in San Diego and I was setting up our agenda for the few days we were going to spend there. USS Midway was very highly rated...so I booked it, not for me to enjoy but for my husband; this would really be his treat. We arrived and I am not sure who enjoyed it more. Enthusiastic volunteers were ready everywhere, friendly and full of information. Walking through the ship enabled me understand many things that I had read about in books but only imagined...and sometime the imagination hadn't been all that great. Now I have a much better understanding of what life is like on an aircraft carrier. It's size was stunning. The aircraft on display were very very interesting. While the military members who served on Midway may not have always found it all that comfortable, we found lots of places to sit and rest. It was very cool and comfortable. We have already recommended it to many friends. We loved USS Midway and we loved San Diego!
Tip: Booking tickets on line before you to is easy and saves you time once you are there.

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Don Wick Fairfax, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Midway Tour"
Reviewed April, 2015
Well worth the time. What a historic piece of military and US history! The tour staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Learn the various jobs as well as what life was like aboard the Midway. Lot's of hands-on activities and displays for kids. Recommended for family jaunt.
Tip: Lot's of stairs on parts of the tour. Prepare to duck so you don't hit your head.

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Martha E. Downey, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome midway day"
Reviewed April, 2015
The entire family had fun and we found the ship to be an excellent destination. The tour is an all day event that was interesting and a go at your own pace deal. We will definitely recommend this destination to others.
Tip: Parking goes quick so get there early and lots of walking and stairs

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Jennifer B. San Marcos, CA
1 Review
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"Educational and Fun"
Reviewed April, 2015
We visited Midway on a Saturday afternoon Easter weekend for my dad's birthday. I purchased tickets online and saved some money and the headache of standing in the long lines at the ticket booths the day of. And you dont have to purchase weeks in advance, I bought the day before and printed tickets off at home. The museum is labeled very nicely and everything is easy to find and various items are explained well. They have maps available too. We opted to not use the electronic self guided tour as our family wanted to be able to visit with each other while we toured and my husband was former military who spent years on carriers. (If you do not know alot about carriers/ships, etc., the electronic self guided tour is probably a must). We would highly recommend the bridge tour, very fun and informative! The volunteers were experienced and friendly. And I don't know if they have WWII vets on every weekend, but some were there the Sat. we went..... ready and willing to share their stories with guests. We met a WWII Corsair pilot who was the sweetest man ever. These guys are truly selfless to volunteer their day and time to sit and answer guests questions. They are our country's rarest gems and absolutely priceless. If you can, take the time to chat with them, you will be amazed and glad you did! There is a lot of walking..... lots of stairs and some areas are pretty narrow. The bridge tour does have some very steep and narrow steps, but my parents are in their 60's and managed fine. Parking at Midway fills fast and the lot was full when we got there, so we ended up having to park in a public lot about 3 blocks away for about $16 for the day. All in all, great tour and a very fun day for dad's birthday and the family. We took about 4 hours to see everything and highly recommend.
Tip: Get there early for better parking, buy tickets online & comfortable walking shoes

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Jacky Chu San Jose, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very good museum"
Reviewed April, 2015
My kids love this museum. They saw many old/new flight. They can understand how midway work and know its history.
Tip: There is very hard to find parking space.

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Stefani Rizer Elk Grove, CA
1 Review
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"Wonderful time!! B"
Reviewed April, 2015
My son and I went to San Diego for Spring Break and visited the USS Midway. Our experience was nothing short of amazing!! Meeting the Veys onboard was very special. My son is 13, he lives everything military and his great grandfather was in Pearl Harbour and his grandfather was in Vietnam. He loves learning about all of it. We met many great people, learned all kinds of new things. Visited many of the planes that he already knew so much about and took so many great pictures! Thank you for an amazing experience! Cannot wait to bring grandpa to check it out!! God bless!
Tip: Bring a camera and make sure you have 3-4 hours to spend!

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Otto T. Bethesda, MD
1 Review
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"Excellent place to learn and have fun"
Reviewed April, 2015
The most amazing thing is to be able to talk to a WWII veteran and F4 Corsair pilot. The carrier is amazing and the staff is extremely helpful
Tip: Go early, parking lot gets full quickly.

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Jerome O. Los Angeles, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience for kids and adults"
Reviewed April, 2015
Impressive structure, lots of history, technically fascinating and visually amazing. Super-nice and helpful staff everywhere. Just make sure you ask when you arrive how to organize your visit: there is a lot to see - count at least 3 hours.
Tip: Lots of parking options around, but allow 15-20 extra minutes on busy day...

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Jiafeng Cui El cerrito, CA
1 Review
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"I didn't make it, so sad:("
Reviewed March, 2015
My friend and I bought the tickets but due to the bad traffic and parking situation, we didn't visit the museum, so sad...
Tip: You have to cancel your ticket one day in advance!

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Pamela Anderson Spring City, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway Education!"
Reviewed March, 2015
We added the USS Midway after friends and family recommended it. The price was right for our family. My husband and I were fascinated. We worried that it wouldn't hold our 3 teenage daughters' attention, but it did and we spent over 5 hours on board. The docents were great. So grateful to the men and women who served on the Midway as well as all who have served or are serving our wonderful country!
Tip: That there is a lot to see and learn about! You can spend as much or little time as you want, but you will be hooked, so plan to spend several hours..

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Carla Towery Albany, OR
1 Review
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"Loved hearing from the Vets!"
Reviewed March, 2015
This was very informative, reasonably priced, and a good family experience.
Tip: Go early to avoid crowds!

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James Egelston Maricopa, AZ
1 Review
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"Great Experience!"
Reviewed March, 2015
My wife and I visited the Midway with our 14 year old daughter and 12 year old son. It was amazing. My son was so interested in all of the exhibits that we had to listen to every stop on the audio tour. Well worth it at every stop. It took us about 5 hours to do the whole ship. The staff, mostly volunteer, was excellent. They were very friendly and very helpful.
Tip: Lots of walking, some tight spaces

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Lynette Stewart GILBERT, AZ
1 Review
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"Interesting piece of History"
Reviewed March, 2015
First time in San Diego and USS Midway was definitely on our list. The volunteers were very informative. We didn't do the headset tour and just walked around on our own which we really enjoyed. It was so great to be able to go inside some of the planes on display. We enjoyed the tour of the bridge and the simulators were fun too.

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Cynthia Powell Canton, GA
1 Review
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"fun in san diego"
Reviewed March, 2015
Using this web site saved us $10 and time! Loved visiting visiting he Midway. It was very interesting and informative. Loved seeing the volunteers who spoke about their experiences and all that happens on a ship like this. Would recommend to anyone who visits. The views weren't so bad either, especially on the top tour! Don't miss it.
Tip: parking is onky $10, of you buy online you save $5 per person, you can eat on the ship

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Lisa Terrillion Spring Creek, NV
1 Review
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"A wonderful preservation of American history."
Reviewed March, 2015
We totally enjoyed our experience at the Midway. We spent approximately five hours there and it was not enough. There is so much to see and experience. Really enjoyed talking to the retired Navy men and WWII vet. I am so glad my husband and I decided to do this. It was truly a blessing and will be a lasting memory for both of us.
Tip: We stayed in Oceanside and took the Coaster to the Sante Fe terminal and the Midway was within easy walking distance. I would definitely recommend public transportation due to the parking.

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Everett James Peoria, AZ
2 Reviews
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"Midway.tour 2015"
Reviewed March, 2015
Great experience from the beginning! We were taken to the visitor center apon arrival to check in, which allowed us to skip the long line. We really enjoyed every nook and cranny of the carrier.
Tip: Wear walking shoes, and expect to climb several stairs.

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Reserve San Diego Customer CA
1 Review
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"very nice experience"
Reviewed February, 2015
A lot of interesting things , worth the money and time to go

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James Hamann Casa Grande, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Museum"
Reviewed February, 2015
Finally had the opportunity to visit the USS Midway. Absolutely awesome time. Allow 3-4 hours to see everything. The volunteers are wonderful and very helpful. Use the free headsets to get information as you travel at your own pace. Enjoy the museum.
Tip: Park in the lot next to the ship otherwise the limit on the street is 3 hours and not enough time to view the museum

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Kevin Lyons Nyc, NY
1 Review
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"WONDERFUL MUSEUM AND HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE"
Reviewed February, 2015
i WAS REALLY HAPPY TO SEE HOW ACCESSIBLE THE AREAS WERE FOR SOMEONE WITH DIFFICULTY WALKING. THEY ALSO PROVIDE A WHEELCHAIR IF NEEDED. THE VOLUNTEERS WERE VERY HELPFUL AND HEARING THE STORIES FROM THE MEN THAT WERE ACTUALLY ON THE MIDWAY WAS VERY MOVING. YOU CAN GET IN THE PLANES TO SEE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO ACTUALLY FLY ONE. MY HUSBAND DID THE SIMULATION RIDE AND SAID IT WAS WORTH THE PRICE.
Tip: BUY TICKETS ONLINE AND GET THERE EARLY

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Tamara Goble Jupiter, FL
1 Review
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"Great History Lesson!"
Reviewed February, 2015
This past summer, my family and I enjoyed a wonderful trip back to San Diego. I lived in SD for many years and never had the opportunity to visit the USS Midway. My husband and I are both Navy Veterans. We were very excited to bring our 8 year old son with us to show him all of the ships, especially to go onboard an actual carrier! The most exciting thing happened when we were walking across the flight deck and got to see the actual planes my husband had worked on when he was in the Navy in aviation electronics. My son was so intrigued! As we walked around observing the sights surrounding us, my husband noticed that "his" actual ship that he was on, the Carl Vincent, was docked across the way. You can only imagine the pride and joy he felt when he was able to show our son, not only American Naval History, but his Dad's history. We will always remember our tour on the USS Midway! Thank you Reserve San Diego for making that happen!
Tip: Wear sunscreen!

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Leslie Carvalho San Marcos, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS MIDWAY TOUR"
Reviewed February, 2015
This is a very well planned audio tour. While, the audio is really quite good, the guides are even better. Most knowledgeable and passionate about their work.
Tip: Aloow for a lot of time, to get the most out of it. Also, plan on having lunch on board the carrier

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Yun Zhong Salt Lake City, UT
1 Review
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"good place for tourist"
Reviewed February, 2015
better to buy the e-ticket before you go. especially in the holiday.

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Fernando Perez San Diego, CA
1 Review
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"Awesome place!"
Reviewed February, 2015
This has been a wonderful experience. The best tour in San Diego, my family loves this museum. Thanks for everything USS Midway.
Tip: enjoy the time and please take your time to enjoy this amazing place.

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David Vallee Okeechobee , FL
1 Review
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"USS MIDWAY AIRCRAFT CARRIER"
Reviewed February, 2015
If you are you have the slightest interest in Military history and especially Naval history you must visit the USS Midway. The audio tour is absolutely excellent. The areas of the Carrier that are on the audio tour are very interesting and educational. The Docents that volunteer on the Midway are super and very friendly. Don't miss the Fantail Cafe, it gives you an excellent opportunity to take a break and soak up the feeling of actually being on board an aircraft carrier.
Make sure you take the time to tour the control tower, you will never forget the experience.
The USS Midway should be a required field trip for all students that live in Southern California.
I could go on and on about the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, however if you are planning a trip to Southern California put the USS Midway on your trip plans !!
Tip: Purchase your tickets on line and plan on visiting the USS Midway for at least 4 hours

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Hector V Cancino Moreno Valley, CA
1 Review
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"Great time at the Midway Museum"
Reviewed February, 2015
My family and I visited the museum this past summer and enjoyed and appreciated it, there is so much to learn about this ship and it's contribution to World War II in the Pacific.
I highly recommend this place to those who appreciate our past history.
Tip: Visitors will step into the past of glorious history and adventure of this American icon.

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Shin King Temple City, CA
1 Review
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"awesome!!"
Reviewed February, 2015
This place is awesome. I don't usually like museums, but I would def come back again...but with my kids.
Tip: they have rides and it's big

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chao Ma Rowland heights , CA
1 Review
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"great place for a weekend getaway"
Reviewed February, 2015
can easily spent half day on the Midway Aircraft Carrier. Learned a lot from the audio. The view on the flight deck is just breathtaking with the san diego skyline on one side and the sea on the other side. highly recommended.
Tip: better to buy the ticket online, cheaper. park on the lot on the right side. the parking lot on the other side has meters that only allow 3 hours parking.

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Michael Hill Reno , NV
1 Review
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"AMAZING!"
Reviewed February, 2015
So much to see. Spent 4 hours and didn't make it to see the Island. So much information and the first hand accounts from the volunteer Vets made it that much more memorable. I've been asked by people going if it's worth it. I say, "amazing and allow enough time."
Tip: Ocean breeze can be cool on the flight deck so plan accordingly. Also, give yourself enough time.

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Denette Hill OLIVEHURST, CA
2 Reviews
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"Vacation with Boyfriend"
Reviewed January, 2015
We had so much fun walking around the Midway. I could have stayed for many more Hours.
Tip: Wear your walking shoes.

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Twyla Chadwick CA
1 Review
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"So Much to See"
Reviewed January, 2015
My husband & I toured the USS Midway Museum on our recent visit to San Diego on the advise of friends. We were impressed with the self-guided system they had developed for their guest whereby you had your own headphones attached to recorded messages about each station on the ship. Personal experiences from people who had served on the Midway were shard from the brig to pilots. It was amazing. We should have started earlier as the 2 hrs. wasn't enough.
Tip: Allow for 2.5 to 3 hrs. to enjoy the whole tour

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Nick Schermann aptos, CA
1 Review
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"Loved it must see"
Reviewed January, 2015
This was totally worth it and i can't wait till i get more time to come back and see it again.
Tip: come early so worth the visit

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Jan Stanley CA
1 Review
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"WOW"
Reviewed January, 2015
Wow - a must see for anyone visiting San Diego. Attended the 1st Annual Military Book Fair which was held on the aircraft. We spent the entire day there. Loved that the tour was self-guided so you could go at your own pace anywhere from one to three hours. The displays of the aircrafts are amazing. Also on board they have a gift shop, snack bar and even a Starbucks. Would definately go back.

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Huiwen Liu Gilroy, CA
1 Review
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"The volunteer veterans are great"
Reviewed January, 2015
It was my first time an experience to the giant ship. the ship is amazing and has all those preserved aircraft on it. The volunteer veterans are so keen to tell you about the history and are so knowledgeable. We have a wonderful time. Definitely recommend to anyone.

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kevin zahnle franktown, CO
1 Review
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"midway visit"
Reviewed January, 2015
This visit was the best! Lots of information and people to ask questions. I highly recommend this.thanks so much
Tip: lots of walking

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marten Siderius Fallbrook, CA
1 Review
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"USS Midway Museum"
Reviewed January, 2015
Out of the blocks, Reserve San Diego had the best admission ticket pricing of all the ticket agencies including the Museum itself. The process to download the tickets was easy and there was no hassle once we got to the Museum. Overall a Great service by RSD
Tip: Go straight to the entry ramp with your passes. DO NOT stand in line at the Ticket Counters. To take in the overall exhibit would take at least six hours and that depends on how busy they were that day. Depending on where you go on the ship, there can be a lot of stairs and limited headroom. Anyone over 5'10" needs to duck frequently. Great attraction for ALL ages.

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Armando Medina Montebello, CA
1 Review
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"Perfect for a day trip!"
Reviewed January, 2015
The USS Midway Museum is a great place to visit for a hands on experience. My 6 yr. old loved it! Although I do not recommend it for babies or infants. The aircrafts they have on display are eye opening. It took us just under 3 hrs to complete the self-guided tour and were exhausted. Take snacks for the kiddos, walking (and climbing) shoes, hand sanitizer, and a camera, it will be a day well spent.
Tip: lots of walking and climbing over obstacles, be prepared!

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Kyle Prough Covina, CA
1 Review
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"Great museum"
Reviewed January, 2015
Our family loved this museum. Especially our 9 year old son. This was our second visit and we still learned new information. The boys especially loved all the aircraft.

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Clive Walton UK
1 Review
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"What An Experience"
Reviewed January, 2015
Well this was an experience of a lifetime, the ship is amazing and has all those preserved aircraft on it. The volunteer veterans are so keen to tell you about the history and are so knowledgeable. And this baby was built by Rosie the riveter!! Definitely recommend to anyone. well worth the trip from Yorkshire in the UK
Tip: Allow plenty of time and wear decent shoes

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Shuyi Zhang Castro Valley, CA
1 Review
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"Lovely"
Reviewed January, 2015
The trip was amazing and the price is of a great value.

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Christoffer Grundmann Valparaiso, IN
1 Review
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"A great and unique experience"
Reviewed January, 2015
Uncertain how it will work I somewhat reluctantly availed of 'Reserve San Diego' to book a ticket for the Midway Museum, that is the decommissioned aircraft carrier harbored at San Diego. My conference schedule allowed only for a particular day and time which I put into my online request for reservation. With a remarkable ease of access and a very uncomplicated procedure did I get it done according to my wishes realizing that on arrival at the site all worked out exceptionally well. A great service indeed. One only wished that many more place would offer this service.
Tip: Be there in time and be willing to spend several hours on board the museum ship because the guides are all very eager to explain everything in detail and tell their personal stories with this ship, stories which are worth listening too.

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Guillermo Oscar Fasulo AR
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"Un día inolvidable............."
Reviewed January, 2015
Más allá de que soy un fanatico de todo aquello que signifique historia militar. Este paseo fue hecho mas agradable gracias a la opción que tome , al reservar a travez de RESERVE SAN DIEGO ; ya que simplifico absolutamente todo el tramite, a pesar de estar a miles de kilometros de mi país.
Tip: Van a conocer parte muy importante de la historía militar de Estados Unidos e inclusive a algunas personas que formaron parte de esa historia. Ya que en su mayoría los encargados de guiarte dentro de esta travesía, son ex combatientes , o personas que formaron parte de la tripulación de esta nave.

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David Mason UK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Exceeded my expectations"
Reviewed January, 2015
The booking process from the UK, using Reserve San Diego was simple, as was pre-payment.
On arrival at USS Midway, our ticket was quickly scanned and we were able to enjoy all this great ship had to offer. The guides, (or docents?) as called in America, were full of knowledge, helpful, friendly and not at all pushy.
We enjoyed some 3+ hours on the ship, investigating all areas on offer, and particularly enjoying the displayed aeroplanes.
A very good visit which I would strongly recommend to any visitor to beautiful San Diego.
Tip: Allow at least 4 hours for the visit.Camera a must.

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Sherie Case Chapinf, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great tour and excellent Docents"
Reviewed January, 2015
if you have ever been curious about life on an aircraft carrier you MUST take this tour. I went along because a friend really wanted to see this and by the end I was amazed at all that I learned about how these ships operate and what life was like on them.
Tip: They have a Stabucks on board!

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cjd1987

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"History come alive!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

A true treasure of American history! This was such an amazing experience. I wish we had had more time! The ship is beyond massive and you will need plenty of time to see it all. We were there for four and a half hours and we had to rush in the last 30 minutes before it closed. Be sure to get there early if you want to see it all and not be rushed. Kids and adults will enjoy the museum. Lots of interactive exhibits and the staging of the different ship areas will keep everyone interested. It made me so proud of those who have served in our Navy!

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Jessica D

Lancaster, New York

"Impressive Piece of History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

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.

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mikeyv1975


"Wow"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

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

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Cynthia B

Dallas

"Great half-day on a Floating Fortress!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

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.

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Drevik

Sparks, Nevada, United States

"This is a real aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2016 NEW

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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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.

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