USS Midway Museum: San Diego's Top Attraction
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1,704 Ratings
San Diego
Experience life at sea without leaving port at the USS Midway Museum, San Diego's top-rated visitor attraction. Explore the historic naval aircraft carrier, view a collection of restored Navy aircraft, and enjoy stunning views of San Diego Bay.
Duration: 5 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • USS Midway Museum - MUSEUM HOURS 10:00 - 17:00 (LAST ENTRY AT 16:00)The USS Midway was the US Navy’s longest serving carrier of the 20th century (1945-1992), and the largest ship in the world for a decade, housing 4,500 crew! Now you can walk in the footsteps of 225,000 sailors on a self-guided audio tour narrated by former Midway sailors and officers.

USS Midway also contains interactive exhibits and climb-aboard aircraft for all ages. Don’t miss the flight simulators, gift shop and cafe.

Experience what it was like to be part of a “city at sea”, explore galleys, officer’s country, sleeping quarters and the engine room of the first Navy ship too large for the Panama Canal! You will be amazed by the 4-acre flight deck and the 360-degree panoramic view of downtown San Diego.

What's Included
  • Exclusive discounts at nearby attractions with Embarcadero Adventure Offers
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges included
  • Immersive Audio Tour
  • Skip-the-line ticketing access (does not include attraction internals)
  • Live stories from Midway’s renowned volunteers
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Parking: please note that during the summer, parking is limited and early arrival is encouraged.
Additional Information

Live the seafaring life without ever setting sail at the USS Midway Museum, the top-rated attraction in San Diego. The tour of this momentous naval aircraft carrier museum is a must-do for individuals of all age groups. Exploring the Hangar Deck and Flight Deck will reveal Midway’s unique assortment of over 30 refurbished Navy aircraft and provide awe-inspiring sights of San Diego Bay.

  • Complimentary, loaner wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Elevator access from Navy Pier onto the ship, from the hangar deck down to the second deck and up to the flight deck
  • Approximately 60 percent of the museum’s exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • Narrated video tour of all museum exhibits is shown continuously in the hangar deck
  • Parking is available adjacent to Midway for an additional fee through Ace parking.
  • HOURS ARE 10AM TO 5PM HOWEVER LAST ADMISSION IS 4PM.
Location
USS Midway Museum
910 N Harbor Drive,
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Jorge
Feb 23, 2024
A living legend - Growing up my grandfather would tell me stories about the size and complexity of these boats,but seeing it first hand toise stories were undersized. I loved the staff here everyone was amazing.
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Ahg9844gd
Feb 22, 2024
The Midway was all it said it was - We loved our experience! Everything was real. We could imagine what life was like on this huge aircraft carrier. It was our second time visiting this sight, and it was well worth it.
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Ramzi_l
Feb 19, 2024
Worth the visit. - Organization and the veterans presenting and being there was a huge plus. The friendliness of the staff was excellent. Need better parking options.
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Jilltp9845uo
Feb 19, 2024
Plethora of history and information! - This is one of the best museums we have ever been to. In our opinion, the ticket price is too low compared to other museums, especially after learning that the museum is a non-profit organization and does not receive outside support. Thank You to the Navy and the San Diego area for utilizing this retired vessel in such a creative way, and for the veterans who volunteer in the museum - to provide insight into our history and the lives of those who serve our country. We walked away with so much appreciation and admiration for the incredible valor, intelligence, and commitment of our servicemen and women. The self-guided audio tour was well-organized and engaging, but the veterans who were present to offer additional information were amazing. Thank you! Nice 3-D theater, cafe, kids activities, aircraft/ cockpit experiences, and levels/decks that walk you through every underappreciated aspect of life onboard a naval aircraft warfare vessel. We easily spent 5-6 hours exploring the ship.
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Kris_c
Feb 8, 2024
Outstanding site! - This visit exceeded my expectations. Lots to see and outstanding volunteer docents available to help build additional context. Loved the airplanes on the upper deck. Highly recommend.
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Danette_w
Feb 5, 2024
Easy Access access/tickets to USS Midway - I took the tour on my own and purchased my tickets throughr Viator. It was easy to access the tickets and to get on to the USS Midway.
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Alka2017
Feb 5, 2024
Wonderful experience - I always wanted to visit one of the aircraft carriers and this was a good opportunity to do so. Nice to be able and see how they lived and how was in those years technological wise. You will find a souvenir shop as well, a coffee bar and few entertainment for kids and grown ups as well, 2 flights simulator/VR. From 10-30$ per person.
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Yany_c
Feb 3, 2024
An experience that no words can express - An experience you should not miss! From the time you step on the ship you get a feeling that no words can express. We spent two hours looking at everything. Having the Veterans answer your questions made a huge impact. They have the audio tour free of charge. Restrooms, restaurant and shop available. Thank you for your service!
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Michael_w
Feb 1, 2024
USS MIDWAY Tour - The self guided tour with included audio is simply, excellent. Below decks, hangar level and flight deck are fabulous experiences. Whether you are a military history buff or not, this is an experience with appeal to the entire family, young or old. We are seniors and spent 3 hours here.
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Googees
Feb 13, 2024
Excellent account of ship life on a carrier with just a hint of casual racism - A very interesting, and fairly “hands-on” experience. The Midway provides a good insight into life on the carrier, and also gives an idea of the vast size of the ship. I’ve been on a number of battle ships throughout my life, and really find them fascinating. The only downside to this particular ship was one of the (genuinely very informative) guides constantly referring to a country where the ship was in operation as “Gooblegobblestan”. As someone who is half-middle eastern I found this quite offensive and disappointing. It made me quite uncomfortable, so I left that particular talk.
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