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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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

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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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

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Angela N.
Aurora , CO
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Much Respect deserved"
May 2019 NEW
We loved our visit to the USS Midway. I mean, where else can you actually get on a battleship. My love and pride for our military went up a few notches after seeing it. It’s close to Seaport Village so you can do both.
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Tip: Don’t eat the chipped beef! Ha ha

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Diane DeVries
New Lenox, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Well organized, well put together"
April 2019
We thought we would only need a few hours, but we were the first on the ship and we stayed all day. Take the little speaker thing they give you when you first walk in. They did a really nice job of making small pieces of information come to life with first hand experiences of the men who lived it. Also sit and listen to the guys in the yellow hats. So informative and interesting. The movie was better than expected.
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Tip: go to the tour of "the Island" first. go through all the small parts of the ship -- so much to see.

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NANDOR TAKAC
SAN DIEGO, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Interesting place"
January 2019
I would recommend every one to check this place out
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Patrick Lam
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Interesting place to visit"
January 2019
Interesting, and Education
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Tip: Should go in the morning

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Lee Brown
Santa Ana, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Time"
January 2019
My kids loved seeing all the planes and the ship itself. We watched the movie and heard presentations. I would recommend every one to check this place out
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Tip: Get there early or be ready to search for Parking. Parking fills up fast

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Janet Steele
Downers Grove, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"No seasickness here!"
December 2018
We prebought our tickets and moved right along. For as long as the lines were, there was plenty of room to pause and take pictures. Seeing the demonstrations at top deck was very informative. The kids enjoyed sitting in the planes and helicopters. Walking thru the gully’s to see sleeping quarters, kitchen and laundry was great. Would return again.
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Tip: A lot of Walking but there are elevators and get headphones to listen to information

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Matthew Howell
Morro Bay , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
December 2018
Had a great time lots of interactive displays for the kids to enjoy overall awesome experience
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Tip: Parking is a bitch lol

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Sumran jot Singh
Madison , WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Midway : A Unique Experience"
December 2018
When we planned our trip to San Diego , visiting USS Midway was on the top of all things to do . Reserve San Diego provided a great discount on the entry ticket which no other site provided and it was much better than the one provided on USS Midway site or in person. It was a smooth sailing with my mobile e ticket and easy check in . The ship was full of interesting exhibits and I also took the free guided tour inside - which was so informational. It was a nice sunny breezy day in San Diego and the scenic views from the deck were amazing ! Definitely worth the price and thanks to Reserve San Diego , we had a great time aboard !
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WoodyBJR
Lindstrom, Minnesota
"Upgrade and do skip the line"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
Lot of walking! but well worth it - Do the Skip the line ticket sale - could save you as much as 1-1 1/2 hr waiting just to buy the ticket to enter the ship. The Capt deck/bridge was a bit disappointing - expected more, but they run you through it. Flight deck and below deck outstanding.
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donmf150
Camden, Tennessee
"A MUST SEE"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
They have done a great job of bringing this ship to life,One of the most visited museums in the country..The docents do a great job of telling you the story of this great ship.
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Ilya D
Sacramento, California
"It is a full spectrum museum of aviation and navy!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
Just thinking that this carrier was built back in 1940-s makes you proud of the achievement of inventors and engineers. As a person who served in the air forces in firemen’s position in 1980-s I was and I am still very interested in the different types of airplanes. Here you will see a lot of them, from old to relatively new ones. On a good sunny day you can take lots of good pictures. You can go downstairs and see the living quarters, medical area, kitchens and dining halls. The engine control room was explained by a very knowledgeable volunteer. I am glad I was able to see it!
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FMSAberdeen_11
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
"Superb - don’t miss it! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
Fantastic museum - a pretty unique opportunity to be on board an aircraft carrier, not to be missed. There is so much to explore - there are many areas in the lower decks available to see, as well as the hanger deck and upper deck where many of the amazing aircraft are on display and available to climb into. We spent several hours here but could easily have spent much longer. We loved it - without doubt a standout highlight of our road trip through California.
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Chris B
El Dorado Hills, California
"Historical"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
Educational and trip for everyone to see how our amazing veterans lived and fought during WW II. Down the street is a Russian submarine which is likewise an amazing experience.
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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. During holidays and special events, parking is available for $20.

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.