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

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

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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
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"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
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"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
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"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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lifeisahighwayblog
San Diego, California
"Fun for All Ages"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019 NEW
My suggestion is to get to the Midway at the opening hour. Downtown traffic is not too bad in the morning. My husband and I brought our 3-year old grandson. He loved walking through the living quarters in the ship and thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the aircraft on display. This carrier is a beauty and huge. Bring comfortable walking shoes. The stairs (although it almost felt like a ladder) are steep so be cautious. While there is a refreshment counter, have bottled water with you because it's a long walk from one end of the carrier to the other end. Photography is allowed inside. There are a couple of places you can sit, relax and enjoy a short film.
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jillf5555
La Crosse, Wisconsin
"Wow! Amazing ship with so much history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019 NEW
Definitely allow several hours to go through. Closing time is 5pm. So many veterans work there too, which made our tour even more special.
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christym72
Reno, Nevada, United States
"Informative tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
I really learned a lot on this tour. I did not think I would enjoy it, but I really did! It is amazing how big this ship is, and how they just shoved all those soldiers, planes, etc in here. I don't think you even really see the whole thing even. The stairs are narrow and there is a lot of walking, but it was well worth it. The staff there is very helpful to answer questions and guide you around. We got there a little late, it took us about 3 hours to tour this ship. So get there early and take your time!
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paolacw
Woking, United Kingdom
"Brilliant "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
I'm not into aeroplanes or ships, but this was amazing. The best bit was that there were people who had served as pilots in the ships, telling us how it all worked. Highly recommended.
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ourhauntedtravels
Youngstown, Ohio
"Simply Amazing and Historical"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
Wow! What a great experience. To be able to spend as much time as we wanted on a very historical military ship! Loved it! The volunteers were extremely knowledgeable about the ship as well. We had a lengthy conversation with one of them and they were very informative and answered all of our questions. Really enjoyed this visit.
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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.