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Visiting USS Midway Museum San Diego

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The USS Midway Museum is a perfect place to discover historic aircraft carrier. It's situated at Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, California. The maritime museum exhibits aircraft carrier Midway that includes a wide-ranging collection of aircraft, most of which were made in Southern California. An actual aircraft carrier in the 20th century, this giant ship today provides an extensive range of interactive displays, a number of restored aircraft, and a self-guided audio tour. This Museum is a significant piece of history not only of San Diego but America as well.

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Walk Around America's Iconic Maritime Merriment, Now A Museum

Walk Around America's Iconic Maritime Merriment, Now A Museum

Guided Island Tour

Guided Island Tour

Led by the most venerated volunteer Docents of the Midway, Guided Island Tour is an experience you will always remember. Midway's Guided Island Tour includes serpentine ladders in the flight control sections and navigation of the ship. Just experience the special tour onboard! An aircraft carrier's island is a center that commands the operations of the flight deck and the whole ship. This island is situated on the flight deck and elevates from the board of aircraft ship. Expert Midway Docents will explain Navigational chart room, Air Operations, Pri-fly, Captain's at sea cabin, and Captain's Bridge, during your visit here.

Overnight Adventure

Overnight Adventure

The perfect opportunity to stay overnight on the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the entire Naval history! It includes a lot of activities such as dining in the galley, footsteps of a true Midway Sailor, sleeping in enlisted berthing spaces, and a lot of other experiences.

Aircraft Gallery

Aircraft Gallery

Containing 30 restored aircraft and helicopters, this aircraft gallery is one of the most visited highlights of the USS Midway Museum. All the exhibits are displayed on the Flight Decks and Hangar. These aircraft and helicopters have stayed for decades with the American forces, right from the 1942 Battle of Midway, the Vietnam and Korean Wars, to today's tactical aircraft era. They are carefully restored and are an essential piece of USS Midway's long phenomenal history.

Gallery & Hanger Dec Exhibits

Gallery & Hanger Dec Exhibits

Explore the expanse of a spectacular and state-of-the-art floating Hangar Deck, popularly referred to as the home to the Battle of Midway Theater as well as the Combat Information Center. Discover vintage aircraft from World War II, stare in awe at the special display on the humanitarian rescue off Saigon, and passionately hop into an actual aircraft cockpit. In addition, at Gallery Deck Exhibits, you will get an opportunity to explore the battalion of the carrier aviator as well as several Squadron Ready Rooms. And there's even more: you can a lifetime chance to examine the embryonic history and gory tales of the Midway's Carrier Air Wing, understand and imagine how supporting staff as well as pilots used to live just below the flight deck, and explore the story of America's most revered naval helicopters.

Battle of Midway Theater

Battle of Midway Theater

During your visit, be sure to experience Midway's 90-seat theater featuring a riveting multimedia movie about the Battle of Midway - 'Voices of Midway”. This 15-minute deeply engaging and thought-provoking film tells the story of one of the most significant naval battles of the epic WWII. The battle is relived through the voices and eyes of the heroes who showed the valor in this historic episode of American history.

USS Midway Museum San Diego Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Don't waste time waiting in the queue, book tickets online at attractive prices and discounts and head straight to the museum! Purchasing tickets online can help you avoid lines at the tangible ticket booth on the day of your excursion and tickets are valid for up to one from the date of purchase.

How To Get Around?

You can walk leisurely to explore different attractions around the iconic USS Midway Museum. Top tours are led by experience Docents of the Midway so moving around with them is comfortable and hassle-free.

What Should I Wear?

Feel free to wear anything that makes you feel fanciful and comfortable all day long. Jeans, trousers, shorts, or skirt, can all come in handy. Sunscreen is recommended during midsummers while a small backpack will help carry small stuff conveniently.

USS Midway Museum San Diego Facts

Best Time to Visit

USS Midway Museum is open for tourists all year round, 10 am to 5 pm, except for the Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. You can plan a visit during any season until you are comfortable hanging out in the prevailing climate and temperature.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need to hire a guide to visit or move around the USS Midway Museum. Moving around is easy, tours are guided, and all the essential information is available on this website.

How To Get There?

Spread across 663 acres, San Diego International Airport is one of the busiest international airports in the US. You can reach San Diego through Uber, private cab, personal car, rental car, flights, etc. depending upon your current location. There are numerous reasonable hotels around the airport for expedient accommodation and they can help you find a round-trip transportation from the hotel to the museum.

Additional Info

It will take you around three hours to explore the museum, so plan your dress and meals accordingly. The parking lot can hold just 300 cars, so reach early. If you wish to take the train or trolley, the Santa Fe Depot station and MTS station are just a few blocks (walking distance) from the Midway. Avoid high heels as you might have to walk around a lot.