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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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.

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

253 Reviews
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
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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
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
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"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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Reserve San Diego Customer
Delano, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"AWESOME!"
December, 2018
we’re from the Central Valley and my sister and brother in law are from Massachusetts. We decided to make a trip down to San Diego for the weekend and I wanted to surprise them with something. And the USS MIDWAY MUSEUM was one of the places I thought of and I’m glad I did. My mom shared her childhood memory of the USS MIDWAY.. the ship was in the Philippines when she was in 3rd grade and brought fond memories while we explored the ship.
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Tip: wear comfortable shoes :)

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JOSE A JIMENEZ
hemet, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"awesome experience"
December, 2018
my kids loved the overall experience they had never been to a museum like this one and learned alot about life at sea and all the hard work and sacrifice our service members endure
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Tip: it is worth the trip especially because the wheathe in san diego is perfect

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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60nantucket
"Amazing Journey back on time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
It was a wonderful visit to a truly Historic monument of wartimes. The flight simulator was an added interest. Found a bench on the deck from a friend's family
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Kenneth W
McMinnville, Oregon
"Incredible Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
Spent several hours touring the USS Midway. Wow. It really takes you back in time to all of the conflicts that she's been a part of. Make sure that you see all of the ship!
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Timo Y
"Visited during trip to San Diego"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
Had a lot of fun with the family. We were there for four hours and barely saw the whole ship. Interesting for kids and adults. Active duty get in for free as well as young children.
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GreatExpectationsUK
London, United Kingdom
"A very imaginatively and well presented museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
This is a very interesting and informative museum - fascinating exhibits and aircraft carrier ship life is brought to life vividly by a team of dedicated and passionate docents. The short movie presentation about the battle of Midway is not to be missed.
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MargaretP1175
"Very impressed"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
I was impressed with the size, planes and the volunteer speakers. I would get lost in the inside of the carrier if it wasn't for the arrows
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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.

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.