The aircraft carrier USS HORNET Museum (CVS 12) is the eighth US Navy ship to carry this distinguished name. Her namesake dates back to one of the first ships in the continental Navy. With her creed, 'A Heritage of Excellence,' the USS HORNET bears an impressive list of achievements, including nine battle stars earned for her WWII service, survived 59 attacks without ever being hit, supported nearly every Pacific amphibious landing after March 1944, and performed the flawless recovery of Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts. The exhibits onboard include a TBM Avenger and an F14 Tomcat as well as the West Coast's best display of Apollo artifacts. Your tour includes a short film introduction followed by self-guided visits to three of the ship's decks and offer a supplemental audio tour. Be sure to ride the flight simulator to experience the thrill of flying for an additional charge!
The USS HORNET is now moored at historic Alameda Point on San Francisco Bay. One popular way to get to the ship is via ferry from Fisherman's wharf which provides the opportunity to take in the views along the way (see directions below).
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Please note that this site is an old ship; it is always recommended to call ahead regarding unforseen closures.
Daily, 10:00 am–5:00 pm *Last entry is one hour before closing.
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, (3pm on Christmas Eve) and New Year’s Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
Parking is complimentary with admission. Go San Francisco Card will not be accepted for entrance for Monster Bash, New Year’s Eve Gala, or July 4th.
For your safety and the security of the Museum, ALL BAGS larger than 12” x 8” x 12” are NOT permitted. This includes backpacks, camera bags, tote bags, diaper bags, ladies purses, etc. Visitors will be asked to return backpacks and large bags to their vehicle. To accommodate visitors arriving by public transportation, there is a limited supply of rentable lockers.
From San Francisco: Cross the Bay Bridge towards Oakland and follow the signs for 880 South/San Jose/Alameda. Take the Broadway/Alameda exit and turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto 5th Street. Continue on 5th Street, staying on street level. At the Broadway intersection, veer to your left; the Webster Street Tube (tunnel) to Alameda is under the freeway. After emerging from the tube, continue on Webster Street to the first stoplight. Turn right on Atlantic Avenue and continue straight into Alameda Point. Continue to the T-intersection at the water. Turn left onto Ferry Point and proceed towards the cluster of large ships.
BY Ferry: take the Blue and Gold ferry, departing from Fisherman's Wharf, to Alameda Ferry terminal. Connect to AC Transit bus #63, which takes you less than a 15 minute walk (3/4th of a mile) from HORNET's Pier. Your ferry ticket comes with a free transfer for the bus.
By BART: Take BART to Oakland's 12th Street station (weekdays) or Fruitvale station (weekends) and then transfer to AC Transit bus #63.
We had 5 days in San Francisco and allowd 1/2 a day for this trip; should have spent longer.
Well worth doing the included tours; very informative. Fantastic experience for us 4 Kiwis whose navy does not have an aircraft carrier.......
#63 bus no longer runs; taxi available; we phoned from ferry terminal. $15 there; $8 return.