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USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum

Open daily 10am - 5pm
910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101

The Basics

Exhibits in the USS Midway Museum include the engine room, the ship’s brig, machine shops, and the crew’s sleeping quarters, as well as the bridge, admiral’s war room, and control tower. The ship’s flight deck is also home to multiple aircraft, including an F-14 Tomcat, F-4 Phantom jet fighter, and an A-7 Corsair.

Admission to the museum includes a self-guided audio tour through the multiple interactive exhibits, narrated by Midway sailors. 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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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USS Midway museum books and crannies.
armando_g, Jul 2022
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The history and the images of life back then traveling in a small city on the ocean was amazing. To see how the ship functioned not only as a war vessel but also as a second home was quite striking. I got Covid from being in small spaces with other unmasked folk so please whatever you do, wear a mask.
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History and personal experience come together.
Michael_G, Aug 2022
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I was on the USS Long Beach (CGN-9) and served with the Midway in Viet Nam. It brought back old memories to tour Midway and talk to former crew members.
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The USS Midway tour is AMAZING!!
Debbie_K, Aug 2022
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The USS Midway was an amazing tour. The talks by the pilots up on the flight deck were well worth listening to, as these pilots have been there. The interactive simulators, the planes, the bridge, and the short film about the war against Japan was fantastic!! I would recommend not missing this tour for sure.
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Educational Morning on USS Midway
Heather_W, Aug 2022
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Caring & informative veterans volunteer throughout the USS Midway. Audio tour is included - handheld unit that you hold up to your ear to hear (or BYO headphones). Two adults & two teens - all enjoyed it!
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Awesome tour of history!
david_i, Aug 2022
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Great, knowledgeable, friendly, engaging staff and guides for a truly magnificent feat of engineering and will.
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Fantastic
Tracy_S, Aug 2022
Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego
Great experience. My 15 year old sons loved it. The planes were amazing and the docents were fun and knowledgeable.
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Excellent history lesson
Merry_L, Aug 2022
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Our dad flew one of the planes sitting on the USS Midway deck, and landed on the Midway during Vietnam. If you have stories or information, ask for the librarian to add to their history! Like the self-audio and the upgrades to the overall experience!
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Amazing
Javier_S, Aug 2022
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Everything about this place is amazing. The smell, the customer service. One of the best places in San Diego to visit.
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Must visit
Chang_J, May 2022
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It was an amazing trip to USS Midway Museum. All the people who work there are very friendly people, they are very nice, knowledgeable, helpful. All the stuff you see are real. Everything good!!!
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My son's loved it.
James_R, Aug 2022
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My boys getting their Jr pilots wings. And the joy they had of exploring the planes are helos. Plus learning about sailor life.
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Midway shows the Unite States is the greatest around the world!
Shen_L, Aug 2022
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It was a great tour of Midway. A great impression is amazing that it was built a such giants warship without computer age. The order was made 1942 and it got in service about 1945 in three years. USA is great! !
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The volunteers were very...
Cindy_D, Aug 2022
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The volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful with navigating the ship. The simulator was a great hit with the teen and young adult.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The USS Midway Museum offers kid-friendly attractions such as flight simulators, the Ejection Seat Theater, and music videos.

  • 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.

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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.

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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 last admission at 4pm. It is closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day and busiest on the weekends and holidays.

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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.

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