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

226 Reviews
Blake Wells
Issaquah, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"So much to see!"
November, 2018 NEW
There’s plenty to see at the museum and everyone is very helpful and informative. The flight simulators are fun but a little pricey for about five minutes of flipping and shooting. There’s a line for the tour of the bridge but it’s pretty worth it and no extra $, my only complaint there is that there are so many people crowded in that little control room that it’s hard to take in the view from the top. Parking at the Midway is probably the best parking deal you’ll find in all of downtown SD.
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Tip: It’s a decent time chunk out of your day if you want to see everything. Prepare to walk.

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Gwendolyn Beatty
Arcadia, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Use midway"
November, 2018 NEW
I purchased the USS Midway tickets online from reserve San Diego. We had a wonderful time and it was very easy to get our tickets and turn them in when I got there.
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Tip: Plan on taking about four hours it’s a lot to see in very interesting

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Pavel Galchenko
Arvada , CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Tour Volunteers"
November, 2018 NEW
I really enjoyed the tour, but the main thing that captivated my attention is the way Volunteers explained the ship and how it worked. You can tell that they experienced what they were talking about and it was coming from the depth of their hearts!
They have a passion about the ship!! Thank you!!
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Tip: Be ready to walk a lot!!

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Bruce Bowman
Winlock, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Grandfather and grandson"
November, 2018 NEW
We had a wonderful experience on the USS Midway. The audio tour was informative and the guides were great and helpful. My grandson (just turned 14) did enjoy the Junior Aviator program which helped him learn about the carrier. The guides talk about the plane of Vietnam family landing aboard the Midway during the evacuation of Vietnam was very informative for both of us. The tour paths and presentations at the were excellent. Would like to do it again when we have more time to read more.
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Tip: Plan on a good two hours for the entire tour audio.

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Mike P.
Volo, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautifully done tour"
November, 2018 NEW
The go at your own pace free audio your was excellent. The docents along he way are fantastic and most served on the Midway.
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Tip: Come early it gets crowded

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Richard Alviar
Castaic, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Visit to the USS Midway"
November, 2018 NEW
My wife and I had a great time visiting the Midway. Spent about 3 hours touring ship. Enjoyed viewing the lower decks especially the pilot's ready room.
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Tip: Prepare to spend several hours to explore the ship. Don't miss the various presentations given by the ship's docents.

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Song-Wen Huang
San Jose, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic USS Midway Museum!"
November, 2018 NEW
The flagship is huge and it may takes hours to visit the tours in the museum.
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Robert Wade
Indianapolis , IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"1 of several MUST SEE sites while in SAN DIEGO"
October, 2018 NEW
Great way to spend a day in sunny, blue sky, san diego and GREAT VIEWS of the city and bay from the deck of the carrier.
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Tip: Lots of walking and stairs. Can easily take all day if you really want to see everything. going below deck on 20 min tours can feel claustrophobic for some

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Y2661ZBstevew
"A must! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2018 NEW
Absolutely amazing attraction and I throughly enjoyed it! I spent around three hours walking around and there are some great photo opportunities. I took loads of photos, had an argument with a Chinese woman who was trying to push in at the front of the queue, learnt a lot about the USS Midway. Fantastic time!
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megsouth
Leawood, Kansas
"Unique & Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2018 NEW
We ended up here as another couple we were traveling with was a Navy vet. & am so glad we did. It is a unique opportunity to see what carrier life is like. I got a little claustrophobic after more than an hour below deck, but it was very cool. You can stop and listen to as much or as little as you want with the included audio tour.
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TorontoMac
Toronto, Canada
"Interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2018 NEW
I was surprised, not at the size of the ship but surprisingly at the fact it wasn’t bigger! I took the tour to have a sense of the size of an aircraft carrier and to feel what it would be like to live below deck. The interactive audio worked well. I’m sure airplane buffs would really enjoy this attraction.
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JBernard20
Saint Rose, Louisiana
"Well worth the 3 hours needed to visit."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
This was a special surprise, as we had no idea what to expect. It was a highlight to get to talk to some of the pilots that had actually flown off this aircraft carrier. Great experience
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rasmusengholm
Vejle, Denmark
"The must see in San Diego!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
This incredible museum is a must see for anyone with interest in either flights, military or history. Just be prepared to spend a whole day here, since there’s so many things to watch. All the guides around are former crew of the ship and are very passionate to tell stories and add facts that the audio guide you can use there won’t tell you. There’s a cafe with decent aboard as well so you can enjoy lunch with view over the ocean.
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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.