USS Midway Museum tickets
Visit a San Diego icon and walk on board the USS Midway Museum aircraft carrier, docked right in the San Diego Bay.
You’ll get a headset with pre-recorded information (available in English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese) so you can go on a self-guided tour of the ship’s 60 exhibits and collection of 29 beautifully restored aircrafts. The audio tour is narrated by Midway sailors who bring the Midway’s history to life with stories of their first-hand experiences of living aboard the ship while at sea for months at a time.
On the tour, you’ll learn all about the ship’s nearly 50 years of service and operation and the over 225,000 sailors that served aboard the craft through the museum’s fascinating exhibits, multimedia displays, and interactive experiences—you’ll even get to see inside the ship’s jail, sleeping quarters, and flight control deck.
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This floating museum’s prime location allows you to get beautiful waterfront views of the San Diego coastline and downtown skyline from the ship’s flight deck.
Consistently voted the number one thing to do in San Diego and the number one museum in San Diego on TripAdvisor, a visit to the USS Midway Museum is a must-see in San Diego.
Your USS Midway Museum ticket includes:
- Your USS Midway Museum tickets include access to all general admission exhibits, including the Voices of the Midway movie
- Audio tour headset
Exhibit highlights and things to do:
- The Hangar Deck: this is the first area of the ship you’ll encounter and serves as the ship’s hangar deck with a collection of 29 meticulously restored aircrafts, including an F/A-18 Hornet that served in Desert Storm, a WWII SDB Dauntless dive bomber, an F9F-P Cougar from the Korean War, and more. You’ll see machines that were integral forces during times of combat such as World War II and Desert Storm as well as being used for important humanitarian missions.
- The Flight Deck: this open-air level hosts additional aircrafts and is where visitors can explore the flight deck (and impressively small runway) that planes would take off from while at sea. Docents stationed on the deck offer educational lectures about takeoff and landing methods. Tip: this is where you can get some of the best views of San Diego.
- Captain’s Bridge and Flight Control Center: Only about 1,600 people per day are allowed to tour the ship’s main control center at the center of the ship, called the Captain’s Bridge, on a first come, first-served basis, so head straight here if you want to tour this area.
- Battle of the Midway Theater: this 90-seat theater aboard the Midway features an inspirational 15-minute multimedia movie, Voices of the Midway, about the Battle of Midway featuring former members of the military who survived the Battle of the Midway. The movie is narrated by a hologram figure of a young sailor telling the story of his experience about the historic battle.
- Climb-in aircrafts: hop on board several aircraft carriers to check out the cockpits and controls and get a feel for what it would have been like to fly in the pilot’s seat!
- The Lower Decks: get a glimpse into what daily life was like aboard the USS Midway for the 5,000 sailors aboard it. Here, you’ll get to see the brig, kitchen, laundry rooms, engine rooms, enlisted bunks, officer quarters, the anchor room, a movie theater, and more.
- Museum docents: one of the USS Midway Museum’s key features is the museum docents you’ll meet throughout the ship, each eager to share their own personal experience with the USS Midway or a fun anecdote or surprising statistic.
- If you want to tour the Captain’s Bridge and Flight Control Center, head straight there when you get on board the ship as tours are given on a first-come, first-served basis and the museum only allows around 1,600 people to tour the area each day.
- Check out the ship’s Fantail Café, which features meals made from the ship’s original 1945 menu!
- You can purchase tickets for the two flight simulators on board; test your piloting skills and see if you can take off from the USS Midway’s flight deck, engage the enemy, and return safely.
- Dress for the weather, you’ll be outdoors for a good amount of your tour.
- Wear comfortable shoes and expect to do some walking and climbing through the ship’s narrow passageways and staircases.
- The USS Midway Museum is one of the most family-friendly museums and caters to a younger crowd with kid-friendly exhibits and audio tour options.
- The USS Midway is classified as a CV-41 aircraft carrier.
- The ship is 972 feet in length and weighs 74,000 tons – so large it earned its title as a “city at sea” and “floating city” from the 225,000 sailors that served aboard from 1945 to 1992 in places as far away as the South China Sea.
- It’s the 20th century’s longest-serving aircraft carrier.
- 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 carrier.
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 Midway staff prides itself on its dedication to making sure the aircraft carrier is handicapped accessible, with ramps, elevators, and loaner wheelchairs.
Your pass includes USS Midway Museum tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.
Present your pass at the admissions counter.
Daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Last entry at 4:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
2 blocks from Santa Fe Depot. Limited paid parking available on Navy Pier.
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