USS Midway Museum in San Diego, CA

910 North Harbor DriveSan Diego, CA 92101
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USS Midway  Museum in San Diego, California

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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Diana K.

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

from USS Midway Museum
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

257 Reviews
Amber Grider
Woodland , CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
August 2019
We loved touring the USS Midway. Talking with the volunteers, even some that served on this aircraft carrier, was so insightful!
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Tip: Talk with the people working/volunteering on the ship, they have very interesting stories.

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Gayle Coleman
Fairhope, AL
2 Reviews
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"Awesome!!"
July 2019
This was an awesome tour!! This ship so amazing and huge with so much history. We really enjoyed it!
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Tip: So the audio tour for sure

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Angela N.
Aurora , CO
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Much Respect deserved"
May 2019
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
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"Interesting place"
January 2019
I would recommend every one to check this place out
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Patrick Lam
CA
1 Review
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"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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paulamQ5414NF
Chicago, Illinois
"Meh"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
Being a museum family and having previously visited the USS Yorktown, we were less than impressed with the Midway Museum. As the daughter of a veteran of the battle of Midway, I was extremely disappointed in the lack of recognition of the battle for which the carried was named. But my disappointment didn’t stop there. After paying our hefty entrance fee, on-line, in advance, we arrived to find they had run out of headsets for the self-guided tour. The alternate app they offered didn’t work as a 50 year old aircraft carrier had no Wifi (go figure). The visual interpretive materials were virtually non -existent. Additionally, the flight deck was reminiscent of a road-side military museum, fully of an odd collection of aircraft most of which had no relationship or history related to any mission of this vessel. If it’s your only chance to experience the ingenuity, powerful and magnitude of the US military, then go. But there are way more meaningful ways and less expensive ways to understand our military’s history of engineering innovation as well as the sacrifices of those who serve in it.
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David R
Greeley, Colorado
"Incredible tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
Learn the great history behind this incredible ship. The docents were knowledgeable and very friendly. Great collection of planed, jets and helicopters. Amazing how big this ship really is when you walk all the levels. Definitely recommend.
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jeffmL9424QN
"Tourist stop"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2020 NEW
What a great piece of our military history and opportunity to see how a carrier is a small City that defends our nation worldwide. We were thankful for the many volunteers that made the visit informative and enlightening. The gentleman that gave the tour of the island was knowledgeable and made it great experience.
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Amy R
Mount Airy, Maryland
"Good museum. "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2020 NEW
We enjoyed this. It can take up to Four hours if you see everything. We used our city pass. Great piece of history. Guides very knowledgeable. Planes you can sit in.
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Tom314159273
Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Great day for casual naval aviation fan"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2020 NEW
I am not a hardcore military junkie but have enjoyed adventure novels featuring aircraft carrier operations. I really enjoyed the chance to see the features I had to read about.
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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.