Uss Midway Museum

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  • Address: 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, United States, 92101
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6195449600
  • Fax: +1-6195449188
  • Ticket Price: 20 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: History Museums, Family And Kids, Specialty Museums, Social, Arts, Museums, Landmarks

The USS Midway Museum is a maritime museum and one of the top attractions of San Diego. Located in downtown San Diego at the Navy Pier, this midway museum is set aboard the aircraft carrier Midway - an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy and the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century.

USS Midway Museum San Diego opened to public on 7 June 2004 and is today the most popular naval warship museum in the United States. A family friendly attraction in San Diego, this museum offers a range of interactive exhibits, a self-guided audio tour, and numerous restored aircraft for its visitors to explore.

Museum Exhibits and Activities -

Midway has over 60 exhibits and 29 restored aircraft for you to explore.

Exhibits at Midway include -

Hanger Deck -

This includes interactive displays of the Battle of Midway, the Bird Dog light plane, a World War II era R-2800 Twin Wasp engine, World War II aircraft, sailor bunks, anchor chain rooms, Command Information Centre (CIC), Carrier Air Group (CAG), and helicopter history exhibit.

Flight Deck -

Check out the 26 skilfully restored carrier aircraft including the jet fighters, attack aircraft, helicopters, and specialist designs, Meatball Exhibit explaining how this special light rig helps pilots, Pilot Ready Rooms, Ship’s Island/Bridge, Captain's and Admirals Country, and so much more.

Below Deck -

Explore the ship’s chow line, Midway chapel, wardroom, sick/dental bay, and engineering deck of the USS Midway.

Aircraft Gallery -

The museum features more than 30 restored jet planes, propeller aircraft, and helicopters. A few of these include:

  • Jet planes like Korean War’s F9F Panther, the Vietnam War’s A-4 Skyhawk, F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom, A-6 Intruder, Cold War’s F-14 Tomcat, S-3 Viking, F9F-8P Cougar, RA-5 Vigilante, EKA-3 Skywarrior, T-2 Buckeye, and the EA-6B Prowler.
  • Piston-engine warplanes like the F4F Wildcat, SBD Dauntless, TBM Avenger, F4U Corsair, and A-1 Skyraider.
  • Seaborne helicopters like HUP Retriever, SH-34 Seabat, SH-2 Seasprite, SH-3 Sea King, HH-46 Sea Knight, and the versatile SH-60 Seahawk.

Activities at Midway include - 

  • A 15-minute immersive film of the Battle of Midway called “Voices of Midway”
  • Flight simulators for all ages like the pulse-pounding Air Combat 360 and F/18 byFlight Avionics
  • Guided island tour by Midway’s world-class volunteer Docents
  • A junior pilot program for your young ones
  • Catapult & Trap Talks to learn how aircraft landed and took off from carrier decks

Events -

Special military events and ceremonies can be attended on the Midway. You can also book the venue to host your own event.

Self-guided audio tours -

Your museum ticket includes a self-guided audio tour which can be completed over the span of 2 to 4 hours. These tours are split in three sections - Flight Deck, Hanger Deck, and Below Deck. These tours are available in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, and French.

Education -

Midway offers an array of education programs for schools with its onboard in state-of-the-art education facilities, overnight adventure where you can spend a night on the longest-serving aircraft carrier in Naval history, youth programs like Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Girl Scouts of America (GSA)

Cafe & Gift Shop -

The museum’s Fantail Café is located on the Hangar Deck and offers snacks, sandwiches, and Starbucks coffee.

The Midway’s gift shop is a great place to buy U.S. Navy and USS Midway apparel, historic and children’s books, San Diego souvenirs, and USS Midway memorabilia.

Docent Tour -

Enjoy a private Docent-led tour to ship like never before. Led by Midway volunteers, these tours can be altered as per your time and convenience. Also enjoy “Voices of Midway” film at the end of the tour. Taking a USS Midway Museum tour is highly recommended.

  • The USS Midway is docked on the San Diego waterfront between the voyage boat terminal and Seaport Village.
  • USS midway museum parking is available on Navy Pier.
  • 60 percent of the Museum’s exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • An American Sign Language (ASL) tour and written audio tour script is available for people with hearing disabilities.
  • Trained service animals are available at the museum.
  • Accessibility Video Tour are available at Flight Deck, Hangar Deck and Second Deck.
  • The museum’s photo team will help you click a memorable photograph. Choose from various backdrops and take home a beautiful Midway Souvenir Photo.

Uss Midway Museum Online ticket prices -

  • Adult (ages 18-61): USD 21
  • Senior (ages 62+): USD 18
  • Retired Military (w/ID): USD 8 
  • Student (ages 13-17 or w/College ID):  USD 15
  • Youth (ages 6-12): USD 8
  • Child (Under 5): Free
  • Buy online USS midway tickets to save USD 2 per ticket! 
  • USS midway museum parking costs between $10 - $20.

USS Midway Museum Group Tickets (10 or more) - 

  • Adult (ages 18-61): USD 18
  • Senior (ages 62+): USD 15
  • Youth (ages 6-12): USD 8 

Private Docent-led tour price -

  • Group of 10 or less: USD 320
  •  Group 11 or more: USD 32 per person

Midway museum san diego hours -

  • Everyday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Last admission at 4 pm
  • Close on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Private Docent-led tour timing -

  • Monday: 9 am- 10 am
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 am – 10 am, 10 am – 11 am, 11 am – 12 pm, 2 pm – 3 pm, 3 pm – 4 pm
  • Friday: 9 am – 10 am
  • Saturday: 9 am – 10 am

  • The USS Midway Museum can easily be reached by train, coaster and trolley. It is located a 5-minute walk away from the Santa Fe Train Depot and MTS trolley station.

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  • Uss Midway Museum Address: 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, United States, 92101
  • Uss Midway Museum Contact Number: +1-6195449600
  • Uss Midway Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Uss Midway Museum Price: 20 USD
  • Best time to visit Uss Midway Museum(preferred time): 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Uss Midway Museum: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 67.82% of people who visit San Diego include Uss Midway Museum in their plan

  • 94.86% of people start their Uss Midway Museum visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Uss Midway Museum

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

67.24% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Uss Midway Museum

People normally club together Petco Park and San Diego Zoo while planning their visit to Uss Midway Museum.

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  • Highlight of our trip to SD. My 12 year old daughter want to go back to spend several days touring it. So much to take in and so well done. The Docents are fascinating to talk to about their stories. It's one of the best tours i have taken. Headphones for adults and versions for kids. Elevators for accessibility. Self paced but other tours available.

  • My wife and I visited this honorable ship with a history that few could truly appreciate or understand unless you served on her. I needed to visit her as my grandfather was one of those privileged to serve on her. The ship is very well-maintained with excellent examples of naval aircraft from a variety of time periods. Unfortunately, we did NOT plan enough time to see all that she has to offer, which allows me the opportunity to return again in the future. If you have any interest in naval history, this is a MUST STOP. Don't miss out on a true ship of service.

  • The museum aka ship is very well maintained and one of the must visits if you come to San Diego. Grab one of the free audio guide and you are all set to roam on your own. They have also made it kid friendly to keep them entertained throughout the visit. Like, you can climb up the war planes and make them feel like a pilot. As an adult, you will get a lot of intriguing facts about what it takes to run a war-ship with 4500 members. I'm impressed by maintenance of the rooms of the different cadre officers and the mannequins+details that they have put into every small thing over there.

  • What an amazing display of engineering and all the work it took to operate and maintain such an incredible machine. Plan to spend a good part of the day if you want to explore everything. There is a guided audio tour as well as personal guided tours and showcases about various aspects of the Midway. There are many different planes to view up close as well as the ability to freely explore certain parts of the carrier. The scale is absolutely amazing as you explore but realize there are many parts that are closed off leaving you really immersed in the grand size but at the same time, close quarters. This is a must see if you have the time!!

  • Appreciative The USS Midway is unbelievable. While touring you get a new appreciation for our brave men and woman who serve on these ships. The quarters are tight and if you are tall it will be very difficult because the ceilings are low. The living quarters are very small and confined. This museum is massive. It was amazing to see how the different ranks are separated and all the meeting rooms for the different commands within the ship. The ship has every you can think of as far as living amenities. The backdrop for the museum is beautiful as you can look out over the Pacific and also see the San Diego skyline. This is a definite must see. It is Thankful for our wonderful men and women who serve this wonderful country!

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