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Climb aboard the USS Midway carrier in San Diego, a former naval vessel that now plays home to a fascinating range of exhibits on the American military. It’s a fascinating way to learn about military history along with an iconic piece of Americana.

Begin your USS Midway visit on downtown San Diego’s Embarcadero, boarding the ship any time during its regular hours of operation. This marvel of engineering once housed more than 4,500 crew members across its various decks, and served in the US Navy between 1945 and 1992, making it the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Over the years more than 225,000 sailors have walked its sturdy decks.

Once on board the ship, you have a range of options to explore. For more than a decade this famous carrier was the largest ship in the world (too large to fit through the Panama Canal, in fact), so there’s no shortage of things to do. Continue on a self-guided audio tour, told through the stories of the ship’s former officers and sailors.

Or visit some of the 65 highlighted locations throughout the vessel, covering its bridge to its engine room. There’s also 25 restored aircraft lining its deck and a range of interactive exhibits to suit visitors of all ages. You can also get a better sense for life at sea as you explore the ship’s restored living quarters, including the galleys, sleeping quarters and officer’s country.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the flight simulator, and make sure to stop by the gift shop and café to cap off your visit.
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USS Midway Museum
Overview
Take a trip through American naval history with admission to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. This enormous ship, known as the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, now offers a range of interactive exhibits, a self-guided audio tour and numerous restored aircraft across its 4-acre (1.6-hectare) flight deck and sections below. It’s an essential piece of San Diego’s, and America’s, military history.
Highlights
  • Skip the Line: Proceed directly to the front gate for admission
  • Visit one of the largest aircraft carriers in the US Navy fleet
  • Enjoy over 60 exhibits including the flight deck, galley, engine room and more
  • Audio tour included in the admission price is available in English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German and Mandarin
  • A must for the entire family
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Reviewed 1 week ago
It was fun place to visit

It was fun to visit the place. We can look around inside the ship. (If you wish, you can enjoy the guided tour.) We could easily find a parking place (it was Sunday morning), but maybe hard to find if you visit in the high...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
great experience

So many knowledgeable volunteers really make this experience worth the visit. You can get lost for hours inside the ship. It was a great time for the whole family (our teens loved it).

1  Thank Stacey G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Fascinating museum

Our group was thrilled with our visit to the Midway in San Diego. The volunteer veterans that spoke about the ship and the planes were fascinating and very informative. The tour allowed for great photo opportunities and plenty of interactive activities plus simulated rides for...More

1  Thank spanky2
Reviewed 19 June 2018
Exciting

One of the best places I have visited in a long time... Very interesting and educational... So happy that I took the tour

1  Thank Lori C
Reviewed 18 June 2018
Celebrating my Grandson's induction into the Navy

We toured the Midway in May and absolutely loved it. The legion had a reception for the ROTC men that were graduating for University of San Diego. Anyone going to San Diego should make time to visit this museum.

2  Thank Jean B
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