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

158 Reviews
Natalia Martos
El Cajón, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing museum"
July, 2018 NEW
I went on my own because I was visiting my friend who was working and it was great. It took me over 3 hours to see everything and it was fascinating to see what a real navy ship looks like. Super happy to have made the visit!
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Tip: The plane deck is entering left. What I did was first visit the ship (entering right)

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Roseann Braney
Redondo beach, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Check ticket delivery option!"
July, 2018 NEW
The price was great, saved us about $14 over walk up admission at USS Midway. The Midway is well worth seeing. But some venues want printed tickets and the web site appeared to give a choice, which really was not an option.
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Tip: Check venues and rules carefully. Go see this ship!

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Linda May
Coeur d Alene, ID
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Life of a sailor!"
July, 2018 NEW
My daughter (she is 23) and I got tickets to the USS Midway because I heard it was great. I thought we would be there about an hour or so as we aren't too into airplanes and such. We stayed over four hours! Yes, there are airplanes on deck and that is interesting but we had no idea it would go into everyday living as a sailor with everything from doing their laundry to eating to responsibilities. You get a free audio to wear and then you scan it by the different areas. Very interesting and each "talk" is only a couple of minutes so you don't get burnt out. The ticket price included watching movies (12 minutes) and a tour of the flight deck and the admiral and captain's quarters as well. And every volunteer was very friendly and funny and welcoming. A must see!
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Tip: Go when it opens and do the flight deck tour first. They keep the groups small and the line gets long as the day progresses. Also bring a water bottle as there are fountains to refill it. The ship is cool even in the summer.

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Jeonghun Noh
Irvine, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway Museum visit"
July, 2018 NEW
I bought tickets for my family to visit the USS Midway museum. The ticket price on this website was cheaper than the USS Midway museum website. The ticket worked just fine at the site, no issues at all. Happy that I saved some money.
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Yolanda Finley
Twin Falls, ID
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Our summer adventure"
July, 2018 NEW
I thought it was an awesome thing to do in San Diego. The price wasn't to high .Great place to take children for some education.
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Tip: That the door ways are pretty narrow so not good for people who are overweight. Probably not a good place to visit if you are handicapped.

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LaRee Johnson
Merrill, WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"USS Midway"
July, 2018 NEW
We had a wonderful time viewing the planes and sights there. Volunteers were very knowledgeable and friendly!
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Tip: It’s very difficult to see all the exhibits in one day.

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Karen Whedon
Riverside, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic tour."
July, 2018 NEW
Took our ten year old grandson and his comment was “this is better than Disneyland “. Greatly enjoyed by whole family. So much history and well presented.
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Tip: Lots of walking, but great tour.

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Scott Sager
Missiula, MT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Enjoyed the experience"
July, 2018 NEW
We toured the ship with my Dad and Son and had a great time. We had our tickets on our phone and it made for a quick entry. The line to tour the bridge was long so we skipped that part but had time to see all the lower decks. It really makes you appreciate the lifestyle of living on the ship.
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Tip: Buy your tickets ahead of time. Allow at least a 1/2 day if you want to see everything.

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WoodsBF
Houston
"Incredible day at this museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
This was an incredible place to visit. My wife and I spent 5 hours there and we could have spent more. This is a must stop for anyone visiting San Diego. Strongly recommend that you take advantage of both the audio guides (free) that they hand out at the entrance and more importantly the talks given by the volunteers. The volunteers (veterans) were incredibly passionate about their subjects and their experiences serving. We did do the tour of the bridge area (up top) which does require some waiting in line but worth it. We bought tickets online to avoid the ticket office there (although the day we went the ticket office line did not look long). Regardless if you have an interest in ships and planes or not, this is an incredible look at history and again, the passion and enthusiasm by the volunteers (veterans) is extraordinary.
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Stan P
Monroe, New Jersey
"Definitely Worth While Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
Visiting the USS Midway gave me an excellent experience being where things actually happened on the aircraft carrier. The people were knowledge as most have had first hand experience on the ship as naval people. The graphic displays showing how planes were launched and retrieved was comprehensive and very easy to understand. The information I read said to leave 3-4 hours to visit the museum and that is truly realistic. Be prepared to climb stairs on the ship and to do a lot of walking. It is definitely a great way to spend a half a day in San Diego. Don't miss itl
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Patten R
England, United Kingdom
"Very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
Booekd our tickets in advance to skip the line and found it a very enjoyable and informative "museum". You pick up a headset and do a self guided audio tour, so everything is at your own pace as you explore the ship. Highly recommended.
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Hikerup6
Alexandria, Louisiana
"Great Experience!! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
This is such a great and interesting experience for San Diego things to do! Ordered out tickets online and it was so ready! The ship’s staff is awesome ! Everyone was so helpful and knowledgeable . Your pictures are taken upon entry and available for purchase at tour’s end. Audio sets are available upon entry. The 15 minute movie about Midway is very interesting and great start to the exhibit. We loved exploring the ship. Along the way you will encounter many staff members who are wonderful. Up on the flight deck you will find food, drinks and benches for resting. It is full of fascinating airplanes and helicopters. Such a great exhibit - full of history and patriotism. Gift shop on site and elevators for those who need assistance with mobility. A must do activity !! Added bonus - beautiful views of the bay!!!
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joes1914
Lake Forest, California
"Great way to spend th eday"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
Went to this about three years ago, and meant to return sooner. Enjoyed the staff, very informative for what is on board. I used to work an LBNS, and takes me back to my old 'Yardbird' days!
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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.