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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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Located on the waterfront.
  • USS Midway is authentic aircraft carrier.
  • 60+ exhibits.
  • 29 restored aircraft.
  • Offers self guided audio tour in six languages.
  • 60% of exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • Parking available for a fee.
  • Last admission is 4pm.

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.

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

92 Reviews
Daniel Gronemus
Lindley, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Hearing it from the horses mouth"
September, 2016
What impressed me the most about the Midway the most was that most of the people giving the demonstrations or the talks were actual pilots or actual crewmembers either on the midway itself or other navy vessels.
Tip: Parking could be an issue on a very busy day.

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Michael Supancich
Carlsbad, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"See history in person."
August, 2016
The Midway Museum not only offers the ability to see an aircraft carrier in detail along with many aircraft types but also to be guided by veterans who served on this very aircraft carrier! The Midway served not only in the Vietnam War but also Desert Storm!
Tip: Wear comfortable cloths and be prepared to climb multiple levels of steep stairs.

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Griselda Corona
Sun Valley, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Worthy Experience"
August, 2016
It is an amazing opportunity to step on board and go below on USS Midway. It allows us to appreciate the lives men & women have while on board. It is an honor to hear experiences of Veterans that actually served on USS Midway. It is a city on its own. Definitely a tour for families. An extra about this tour is the view from the deck!
Tip: Allow at minimum 2 hours for to enjoy most of what the tour offers.

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c.a. Post
Lexington, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The BEST Military Museum EVER! ;-)"
August, 2016
Miles of hiking and depths of caverns; sky views and wind-blown hair and hats as we braced against the westerly breezes! Probably one of the most amazing tours of a man-made artifact of history! The entry was well staffed and clear about what to do; the docents were friendly, especially the ones who had been on aircraft carriers in WWII and after. The areas were well marked and wonderfully presented. Be sure to wear hiking boots or comfortable shoes as you glide up and down the narrow stairs that heroes of our Navy walked. Listen for echoes of their jokes and laughter as well as some of their pains and tears bouncing off the metal walls of their galleys, wardrooms, offices, and workstations. Even for a landlubber who has never been in the Navy this was a thrilling experience to be savored in memories from our photos and souvenirs! And do NOT forget a camera: aim it in any direction and take home a piece of history that should never be forgotten. The best military museum EVER!!
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and tie-down hats. Arrive early and have prepaid admission. Be sure your camera battery is charged!

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Elizabeth D.
Fort Worth, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience!"
August, 2016
Our family of five enjoyed a wonderful day at the Midway Museum. We were there several hours and could've stayed longer. Be sure and take the free docent tour to see the bridge and captain's quarters. Thank you reservesandiego.com for the discount tickets! Easy to use and quick admittance!
Tip: Parking is $10

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Bobby Hill
Warren, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome time had by all!"
August, 2016
We visited in May 2016 and we had a great time. I was a little skeptical that my children would enjoy it since it was military based and there father was thrilled about checking it out since he is a veteran. But we all really had a great time. We spent approx. 3-4 hour touring they really enjoyed the headphones that were given at the door to follow along with the tour. We saw a short film and got to go behind the scene and get a peak all over the ship. I would highly recommend this activity to all ages!
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Be prepared to spend several hours.

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Reserve San Diego Customer
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1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
August, 2016
My wife and I visited the Midway the first time. The museum is absolutely great with a great audio tour available in multiple languages. The audio tour gives really interesting insights on life on the Midway and similar ships. The volunteer talks about start and landing are impressive. We spent about three hours on board, as we did not have more time. I think I will come back to see the rest.
Tip: Bring enough time - this will take at least three hours and will not be boring after 5

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Alice C.
Plano, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Must do!"
August, 2016
My 22 year old son and I visited the Midway on a Monday. We arrived a bit before 9:30am and were greeted by a Navy veteran who explained we could use the voucher as our entry ticket and didn't have to exchange for tickets. He also suggested we start at the top and do the bridge tour as it gets very crowded as the day goes on. We listened to just about every audio bit of the audio tour. We also enjoyed the live talks on the taking off and landing of the aircraft. The movie was great too as well as the living quarters and daily life exhibits. We spent about 4 hours on board and enjoyed every minute. So interesting. Grateful to all those who served on this vessel!
Tip: Reserve San Diego voucher saved us a few dollars and was easy to buy and use at emtry

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Smide1
San Diego, California
"very interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2017 NEW
my husband and I have been several times, each time is a bit different, they have a host of volunteers with fascinating stories, it is such a pleasure to talk with these Veterans and hear all about their experiences. If you have never been and have any interest in military and or military history you will love this.
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vkurthw
San Diego, California
"a Gem for sure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2017 NEW
It is amazing to go in and see where navy personnel slept, and ate for years. Young and old will love this adventure. They keep adding new(old) things to see, so it never grows old even if you take your out of town guests and you yourself may have seen it. Love going there. Take you tennies along...lots of walking and stair climbing. The volunteers are fabulous to talk with.
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Adasilva72
"Awesome museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2017 NEW
We had so much fun walking through the carrier. It's really interesting to see how our military service lives, works, eats, etc inside a carrier. We explored the most of the tourist Hotspots including the deck and structure below with the airplanes and jets, listened to the guided tours, tried out the simulators, visited the officer rooms, etc. The one area we missed was the walk in tour of the flight tower. The line was very long and looked like an hour wait. Too long for the wife and teen. I enjoyed the deck a lot. They have lots of photo ops you can take with the aircraft and people/statues (not sure what to call them). Make sure to bring sweater or jacket! Always cold up there. The ocean breeze makes weather chilly. There's also nice restaurants with awesome views of harbor and Port. More great photo ops. The whole visit is filled with lots of things to see, pictures to take, simulators, tours, food, etc. Worth the price of admission.
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Bob W
"Amazing Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2017 NEW
It was well worth the time spent to understand what it is like to be on an aircraft carrier and the importance the Midway plated in World War II. Being able to thank the veterans for serving our country with such valor was heart-warming too.
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T9419CKwilliamw
Hood River, OR, United States
"The boat is the size of a small city!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2017 NEW
The tour was well organized. It is ammazing how they utilized space to the max. The tour guides were very familiar with the boast and it's history. If you haven't seen this attraction, I would recommend that you go.
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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.