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USS Midway Museum

Gate Prices Adult $20.00
Child (3-12) $10.00

For the second year in a row named one of the top 10 Museums in The United States by TripAdvisor!

Over 225,000 sailors served aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier during its nearly 50 years of operation. This floating museum includes sleeping quarters, a flight control deck, and even the ship's jail. Enjoy beautiful waterfront views of the San Diego coastline along the way!

The USS Midway Museum aircraft carrier, 972 feet and 74,000 tons of military muscle, has become a mainstay of San Diego and is absolutely worth the trip for the whole family. Located at the city’s Navy Pier, this museum takes guests back in time aboard the 20th century’s longest-serving aircraft carrier. Get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the 225,000 sailors that served aboard this “city at sea” from 1945 to 1992 in places as far away as the South China Sea.

Visitors can tour 60 exhibits -- including the sleeping quarters of the USS Midway, the ship’s jail, and the flight control deck -- before heading to one of three exciting flight simulators aboard this CV-41 aircraft carrier.

The Midway Aircraft Museum’s “Air Wing” boasts a collection of 29 meticulously restored aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet and F9F-Panther. These incredible machines have been an integral force during times such as World War II and Desert Storm, as well as being used for humanitarian missions.

Aeronautical buffs of any age can climb aboard several of these aircraft to check out the cockpits and controls. Imagine what it would have been like to fly in the pilot’s seat! Don’t leave the carrier without getting a bite to eat at Fantail Café, which features meals made from the ship’s original 1945 menu!

Self-guided audio tours of the USS Midway are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese. The museum is staffed by well-informed docents, as well as retired World War II pilots who are available to provide little-known trivia and facts about this impressive aircraft carriers. The Midway staff prides itself on its dedication to making sure the aircraft carrier is handicapped accessible, with ramps, elevators, and loaner wheelchairs.

Battle of Midway Theater is Now Open!
A 90-seat theater now open aboard Midway, featuring a riveting 15-minute multimedia movie about the Battle of Midway: Voices of Midway. Narrated by a hologram figure of a young sailor telling his story about the historic battle, you won’t want to miss this inspirational experience, included with admission!

The USS Midway is one of San Diego’s most unique tourist destinations. This floating museum offers visitors a phenomenal way to spend a sunny afternoon on the water while learning important historical lessons and paying tribute to the men and women who have courageously served in some of the nation’s most pivotal conflicts.

The Go San Diego Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes USS Midway Museum, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

Present your Go San Diego Card at the admissions counter. To skip the ticket line, look for the express entry sign.

Hours

Daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Last entry at 4:00 pm

Closings

Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Address

910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions

2 blocks from Santa Fe Depot. Limited paid parking available on Navy Pier.
 

Reviews for USS Midway Museum

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 5 out of 5 stars (based on 12 customer ratings)
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Outstanding!!
By EdNSandy from Orlando on
Pros:
Must-see attractions included
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing Great for families
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

Was only planning on about a 3 hour visit and truth be told, I wasn't that overly excited about going here, only planned it because my son is a military buff. We only put enough money into our parking meter for 3 hours...came back 2 more times throughout the day to add 3 more hours each time!! This place is amazing!! We go to DC often and visit all of the Smithsonian museums, but they have nothing on this place!!! So fascinating that we explored the entire place two times!!!

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Great for the whole family
By Mountain Mama Verified Reviewer from Williamstown, MA on
Pros:
Must-see attractions included, Personalized Itinerary, Auto Tour Included
Best Uses:
Great for families, Budget Travelers, Culture enthusiasts Short Stays General Sightseeing Active travelers
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

One of the best "museums" we've visited. A must see in San Diego. Free audio tour (family and regular available in multiple languages). Movie is very impressive (don't miss it). Take some time to talk to the volunteer on board (many retired Navy). They have great stories to tell. Remember your pass is good for the whole duration you bought for. So, if you need more time, come back another day!

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Wonderful Piece of History
By Two swans Verified Reviewer from Brunswick, GA on
Pros:
History - History
Cons:
Lots Of Walking Climbing
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

This was definitely highlight of our San Diego trip. There is so much history aboard this vessel. We also were priviledged to meet a WWII veteran who was giving talks that day.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

FANTASTIC
By ATCHY from VANCOUVER BC on
Pros:
A Must See Allow 5 Hours
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

Go Card is Great, However cut offs of 5pm are an issue when places are clearly open late. Belmont Park!!

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Best duty statiion I could have had.
By Eddies Tune Shop on KMID Verified Reviewer from Phoenix, AZ on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

I spent 3 and a half years aboard the Midway and it was the greatest experience I could have had at 18-years old.

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[5 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

This is a must see while in San Diego
By amylynna Verified Reviewer from Gilbert, Az on
Pros:
Great visit with kids
Cons:
none
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

My entire family loved visiting the USS Midway. Throughout the ship there are retired military members that are friendly and informative about the history of the ship. I definitely plan on visiting again. We were there for four hours and could have spent the whole day exploring the ship.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Historic boat on the Harbor
By Wade D. Verified Reviewer from Los Angeles on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

Not to be Missed! An unique look into history, as well as intricate workings of military machine.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

I want to see it again!
By Jonnie from Albany, GA on
Pros:
Innovative, Vast, Historical, adventuresome
Cons:
Huge,
Best Uses:
Moving,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

The USS Midway is another site I would like to spend more time in touring on another trip to San Diego. It is so huge, you cannot compete the tour in its entirety in less than 4 hours.

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[14 of 14 customers found this review helpful]

MAKE THIS VISIT A PRIORITY!!!!
By Lena from Hawaii on
Pros:
Met retired MidwaySailors, 6 and 8 year old loved it, Educational, Food available, Sat in retired aircraft, A real eye opener, Self Guided, Emotionally captivating
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

My husband didn't want to spend more than 2 hours here but was AMAZED once we got on board. We spent the whole day here. It really is an AWESOME experience. We left there appreciating the military more. We spoke to several retired MIDWAY SAILORS while there. They shared stories of their experiences while on board & answered questions. Parking is a separate charge. Pay attention to the length of time you purchase & the time you spend on board. You may end up with a $35 or $40 ticket if you underestimate your stay. I ran out before our 4 hour time was up to purchase an additional 4 hour parking pass & paid more. A visit to the USS Midway should be a PRIORITY! I enjoyed this more than all of popular children attractions in California.

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[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

what a ship
By Tina Verified Reviewer from Denver, CO on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum:

Our entire family really enjoyed this tour. We spent more time here than we had expected and missed the tour of the "bridge" because it was getting late. I would take the tour first and work your way down the ship. Very fascinating with lots of on site experts to answer your questions and give real life experiences. We met 2 pearl harbor surviors who were scheduled speakers. Excellent!

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