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USS Midway Museum Tours

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Formerly the US Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century (1945 to 1991), the USS Midway Museum comprises an entire floating city. Aboard the hulking vessel docked in San Diego, California, visitors can now explore more than 60 exhibits as well as peek inside the museum’s impressive aircraft collection.
 
The Basics
Exhibits in the USS Midway Museum include the engine room, the ship’s brig, machine shops, and the crew’s sleeping quarters. Walk along the narrow confines of the upper decks to the bridge, admiral’s war room, and the control tower. The ship’s flight deck is home to multiple aircraft, including an F-14 Tomcat, F-4 Phantom jet fighter, and an A-7 Corsair. Three flight simulators, music videos, films, interactive exhibits, and the Ejection Seat Theater make a visit to this important part of military history a memorable and kid-friendly experience.
 
Admission to the museum includes a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors, available in multiple languages. Guided tours of downtown San Diego frequently include the USS Midway Museum as a stop, along with other area highlights such as Sea World, La Jolla, Balboa Park, or a San Diego Bay cruise. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear proper footwear, as a tour of the ship’s interior includes many stairs and narrow passageways.
  • Skip-the-line tours are recommended on weekends and during busy holiday times.
  • Several elevators and wheelchair access routes have been added to make the ship about 60 percent accessible.
  • Children ages 5 years old and younger, active duty military (including reservists, law enforcement, and firefighters) receive free admission.
 
How to Get There
The USS Midway Museum is located at Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, on Harbor Drive. The Santa Fe Train Depot and MTS trolley station are each a 5-minute walk away. Limited paid parking is available in the Port of San Diego lot, and there is metered parking on neighboring streets. 
 
When to Get There
Allow at least 90 minutes for a visit here. The USS Midway Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with the last admission at 4pm. It is closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.
 
Special Events and Festivals at the USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway Museum holds several festivals throughout the year to honor America’s servicemen and woman, and to celebrate the country’s military history. The Fourth of July Festival enables you to watch the San Diego Bay’s fireworks display from the flight deck, and there is a family Veteran’s Day celebration held every year.
Address: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101, USA
Hours: Open daily 10am - 5pm
Admission: Adults: US$23
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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket

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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. For your safety, the below deck tour routes, guided Island Tour, “Battle of Midway” theater, simulator, Virtual Reality experiences, and climb aboard cockpits are temporarily closed. The museum kicks off the aircraft carrier's 75th anniversary with a free kids admission offer - two free kids with every full-paid adult ticket now through December 15, 2020! This offer provides a fun and exciting opportunity to complement home learning for kids. Just bring your adult ticket to our ticket booth to get the free kids tickets.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

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Sail into the setting sun aboard a Catalina style sailboat during this intimate cruise with a small group. Feel like you have the ship all to yourself on this trip that’s limited to just 12 total guests, watching as the last rays of the sun drop into the glistening waves. Enjoy the included beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks during the ride, as well as jackets and wind gear in case you get cold. You can even plug in your own music to add to the fun. Departure times vary throughout the year. Guest must contact Sail San Diego after purchase for the exact departure time.
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  • 3 hours
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Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

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Watch the sun set over San Diego during an all-inclusive small-group cruise aboard a classic sailboat. Pass landmarks such as the Maritime Museum, Coronado Bridge, and USS Midway, and look for sea lions, dolphins, and other wildlife around San Diego Harbor on the 2.5-hour cruise.
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Harbor Sailing Experience - Private Sailing Tour in San Diego

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Harbor Sailing Experience - Private Sailing Tour in San Diego

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Sailing Tours designed for a small groups (up to 6 passengers). We are happy to accommodate Birthday parties, Bachelorette Parties or a Family Reunion events. Also Romantic Sailing Excursions and memorable sightseeing tours in gorgeous San Diego Bay. Safe Boating for all ages – kids and seniors friendly water experience. Meet your skipper at H&M Landing on Shelter Island, a well-known area of San Diego where some of the best seafood restaurants are located. The captain will walk you to the yacht "Green Flash". After brief safety instruction, we'll set sail. We'll depart from America's Cup Harbor & cruise on San Diego Bay along Point Loma, Midway and Maritime museums while enjoying the city’s magnificent skyline. Complimentary Canned Drinks and Packaged Snacks will await you. You are welcome to bring your favorite food & drinks (**no red wines please). * Well behaved dogs are welcome
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  • 2 hours
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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

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Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat during this tour of San Diego Harbor. Learn the basics of boating from your expert guide before following your guide's boat around the harbor, cruising past highlights such as the USS Midway, a US Navy submarine, Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, the historic ship Star of India and San Diego Maritime Museum. Learn from your guide about these landmarks via the onboard two-way communications system and stop for photo ops on this exciting tour.
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  • 2 hours
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San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

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Zoom around the waters of San Diego Bay on a jet boat ride that provides speed, splashes, and spins. As you race through the scenic waterway, your captain points out landmarks including the USS Midway, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero, and the city skyline. Hang on as your captain takes your boat into power slides, 360-degree spins and other thrilling maneuvers—a high-octane twist on sightseeing in San Diego.
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  • 30 minutes
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San Diego City Lights Night Tour

San Diego City Lights Night Tour

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Explore San Diego at night under the moonlight with this 1.5-hour city lights tour. Travel from the city’s Gaslamp Quarter to Balboa Park and the Embarcadero. Catch sights of the historic San Diego County Administration Center, the USS Midway Museum, and the Star of India. Plus ride to the top of the Coronado Bridge and see sights lit up all over the city, as well as some from Tijuana.
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Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group

Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group

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Set sail at one of the best times of day—sunset—during this San Diego Bay cruise. Board a comfortable sailing yacht and cruise along San Diego's coastline, taking in views of the scenic waterfront, military vessels, and historical landmarks. Catch sight of marine life and enjoy spectacular photo ops. Gorgeous sunset views and Wine makes this tour a great choice for couples or travelers celebrating a special occasion.
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

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Enjoy a sailing adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat with just six people for a comfortable, semi-private experience (or, find five friends and fill up the whole boat). Sail in San Diego Harbor during the day. Sit back and relax to enjoy the water views while enjoying complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.
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  • 3 hours
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San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Enjoy Sunday in beautiful San Diego with a 2-hour brunch cruise on a luxury yacht. Help yourself to the seafood, steak, waffles and chocolate fountain at the buffet while sipping on unlimited mimosas. While you drink and feast, soak up the views of the water and the city skyline around you. When you’re ready to stretch your sea legs, head to the dance floor where live entertainment and music awaits.
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  • 2 hours
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Sunset Sailing Experience | Private Yacht in San Diego

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Sunset Sailing Experience | Private Yacht in San Diego

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Meet your skipper at H & M Landing on Shelter Island, a well-known area of San Diego where some of the best seafood restaurants are located. The captain will walk you to the yacht "Green Flash". After brief safety instruction, we'll set sail. We'll depart from America's Cup Harbor & cruise on San Diego Bay along Point Loma, Midway and Maritime museums while enjoying the city’s magnificent skyline and gorgeous sunset. Complimentary Canned Drinks and Packaged Snacks will await you. You are welcome to bring your favorite food & drinks (**no red wines please). * Well behaved dogs are welcome
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  • 2 hours
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

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Explore San Diego at your own pace with a full-day ticket to ride a hop-on, hop-off trolley through the city. Simply board the trolley at your cruise ship’s port of call and visit historic landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods at eleven centrally-located stops. Get a glimpse of California’s past in Old Town then see the magnificent ships that moor at the bustling waterfront; grab a spot on a beach to watch surfers catch breaking waves, and try to spot the famous ghost at the elegant Hotel del Coronado.
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  • 2 hours
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GPS Talking GoCar 1HR Tour: Downtown & Gaslamp

GPS Talking GoCar 1HR Tour: Downtown & Gaslamp

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Make your own way around San Diego in a GoCar, a pint-sized vehicle that lets you experience the beauty of the City in Motion and visit places tour buses can't easily go – all at your own pace! With a GPS unit onboard, it's easy to stay on course, helping you see more during your tour.
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  • 1 hour
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San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour

San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour

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Explore San Diego by Segway on this comprehensive tour. Led by a local guide, learn about the city’s major landmarks and history while passing top attractions like Balboa Park, the USS 'San Diego' Memorial, Petco Park and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Snacks and beverages are included along the way, as well as a brief safety session to ensure that you feel completely comfortable hitting the streets on your Segway.
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Private Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay

Private Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay

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Sail the lovely waters off San Diego on a private yacht charter. The itinerary is up to you, or your captain can suggest some places to go. You can opt for a whale watching tour (seasonal), or lay anchor and go for a swim. If you prefer, choose a bay tour; seeing the sights like the Hotel del Coronado, Point Loma Lighthouse, Tijuana, and the San Diego skyline.
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GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa

GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa

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Zip through downtown San Diego and Balboa Park in just two hours with the use of a GPS-enabled GoCar. You and your partner will get settled, strap on your helmets, and use the provided map and GPS to get exploring. You'll cover tons more ground than you would on foot and can use the navigating devices to make your own route.
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Super Saver: Brunch Cruise and Patriot Jet Boat Ride

Super Saver: Brunch Cruise and Patriot Jet Boat Ride

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Two excellent boat rides are included in this package. Start your Southern California Sunday with a Brunch Cruise. Toast the Coronado Bridge and San Diego shoreline with a mimosa as you sail past in the lap of luxury. Later, you can make up for the gentle indulgences with an adrenaline pumping ride on The Patriot, a jet boat that’s made for speed.  
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San Diego Dinner Cruise with Beer Pairings

San Diego Dinner Cruise with Beer Pairings

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Set sail on the San Diego Harbor for a 2.5-hour dinner cruise with beer pairings, and spend an evening dancing, drinking and dining on board an elegant yacht. Kick off the night with a sumptuous buffet paired with beers from the region’s renowned craft breweries. Watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean and take in views of San Diego’s city lights, Coronado Island and the bustling harbor as you dance to songs by the yacht’s DJ.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

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Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and hidden gems on a private, 3-hour sightseeing tour with an experienced guide. Customize the itinerary to your interests, then explore the city in the comfort of a luxurious, VW Eurovan that seats up to six people. Visit Balboa Park’s botanical garden and the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy a beachside stroll at Ocean Beach. Take in the bustling downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by the glamorous Del Coronado Hotel then see the birthplace of California in Old Town San Diego.
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2Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Balboa Park

2Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Balboa Park

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For a fun twist on the typical San Diego tour, first-time visitors shouldn't miss this GPS guided scooter excursion, where you can visit the city's top attractions, all while soaking up the fantastic weather. Just hop on your scooter, start cruising through the city, and feel the wind in your hair as you pass top sights. Highlights include Balboa Park, the Maritime Museum, and even the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
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  • 2 hours
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San Diego Scavenger Hunt Adventure

San Diego Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Make San Diego your personal game board with a 3-hour smartphone scavenger hunt that leads you through the city’s scenic waterfront, historic sites and atmospheric downtown neighborhoods. Form a team of 2–5 people, then trace a 2.5-mile route through the heart of the city, on foot and using public transit. Solve a series of exciting puzzles and challenges, compare your scores to other teams, and enjoy the freedom to explore San Diego at your own pace, with plenty of time to eat, drink and sightsee. 
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$21.34
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1Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Harbor/Gaslamp Quarter

1Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Harbor/Gaslamp Quarter

This GPS guided scooter tour takes you on a multi-cultural tour of San Diego, starting in Little Italy, where you learn about the rise and fall of San Diego’s Italian population, your tour continues past the maritime history museum, the USS Midway, and into beautiful Seaport Village. You also get to travel past Horton Plaza which just begs be visited again after the tour ends. After Horton Plaza you make your way into the heart of San Diego, with a quick loop around the Home of San Diego Padres, and into the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, which after its reinvention is MUCH more family friendly then it used to be. As you leave the Gaslamp Quarter you will enter Banker’s Hill with is unique shops, also borders the always beautiful Balboa Park. Tour Highlights: • Little Italy • Maritime Museum • U.S.S. Midway • Seaport Village • Horton Plaza • Historic Gaslamp Quarter • Petco Park • Bankers Hill
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  • 1 hour
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San Diego Day Private Day Trip: From/To Anaheim Resort/Orange County.

San Diego Day Private Day Trip: From/To Anaheim Resort/Orange County.

Make your transfer To/From the beautiful sunny San Diego, easy, and pleasant by making an affordable RapidShuttle Private, Direct, Non-Stop reservation that fits your budget. Because you are Not sharing the ride with other travelers, your schedule is based on your or your party travel arrangements. San Diego is home to USS Midway Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, and many other attractions.
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  • 7 hours
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$598.00
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2Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Old Town

2Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Old Town

On this GPS guided scooter tour you will start in historic Little Italy that was home to the Italian community, and see how it evolved into the modern business and artistic community it is today. Make your past the ships in the bay that explored the new world, or patrolled the waters in time of war, into the Gaslamp Quarter which was once San Diego’s red-light district and see how it got re-imagined into the social scene it is today. As you leave modern San Diego you will begin your tip into history as you make your way through beautiful Mission Hills, you will pass many houses and businesses 50 years old and some much older. Your jump into history will take you past Historic Fort Stockton, into Presidio Park where the old Spanish Mission used to stand, into Old Town San Diego where you can see how San Diego looked in the old west with its Spanish and American residents forming a thriving community.
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  • 2 hours
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GPS Talking GoCar: Best Value - All Day for the Price of 5 Hours

GPS Talking GoCar: Best Value - All Day for the Price of 5 Hours

The all day Everything Tour is fun for the whole family, and lets you see nearly everything San Diego has to offer. From the historic Gaslamp Quarter where the fun is always happening and the iconic Horton Plaza where the shopping is just as fun as navigating the mall. You will see the beautiful rose garden of Balboa Park and the natural Beauty of the Point Loma Ecological preserve where you can wade through the tide pools looking at sea anemones, crabs, lobster, fish and the occasional octopus. You can walk around Ocean Beach and San Diego’s famous Maritime Museum, experience the always beautiful Balboa park where a Family photo is a must, and stroll through Old Town San Diego and see how San Diego has changed over the centuries from the small Mission and Mexican community it was to the Most Beautiful City in America. *If booking more than 2 people please submit separate orders!
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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$141.22
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are USS Midway Museum hours of operation?
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USS Midway Museum hours of operation: Open daily 10am - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book USS Midway Museum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since USS Midway Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 39 USS Midway Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit USS Midway Museum 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to USS Midway Museum costs USD 26.00. Guided USS Midway Museum tours start around USD 26.00 per person. See all 39 USS Midway Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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