USS Hornet, Alameda
Categories: Military Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
Experience the life of a sailor at USS Hornet, the aircraft carrier that participated in the Apollo 11 space mission. Ask a docent to show you where President Nixon watched the recovery operation of the Apollo 11 crew. You can even spend the night on the ship, sleeping in bunk beds and eating in the crew's mess. Exhibits include documents from the moon exploration missions, aircraft from the 1940s through the 1980s, and helicopters. To learn more about the history of the ship, watch a short video in the orientation area. Be prepared to descend some steep stairs to get into the ship's engineering spaces. Using our international travel planner, Alameda attractions like USS Hornet can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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We did not go on board - but the mere sight of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier and several other naval ships, now part of a Museum on the largely inactive Alameda Naval Air Station - now Alameda Point... read more »
Really nice docents who are eager to share with you make this a must-do. The ship itself is very interesting. Worth taking a tour with the group, but also cool that you can wander on your own. Lots an... read more »
Hornet was the last scheduled stop in our 5+ week road trip visiting aviation and Navy historic sites. It was also the most memorable. My travel partner is a 93 yr. old Naval aviator who gets treated ... read more »
I've done a few tours like this and I'd have to say this was one of the best and way more than I expected. I was lucky enough to go in a Tuesday which our guide later told us is one of the best days to go. There are many docents that can take you to places on the ship that are otherwise not open. Our docent was exceptional and full of detailed knowledge and real to life stories to totally engross us in this tour. With the right guide you can easily spend 4-5 hrs on the ship and that's not just reading posters but experiencing the ship. I highly recommend visiting this outstanding museum. You will get more than you bargained for and can spend as much or as little time as you want and find this worth. $20 is well worth supporting this floating museum.
Getting up close and personal with military aircraft on a battle-seasoned carrier? My idea of a great afternoon. But I'm too chicken to go in for the nighttime and overnight sessions since the place is rumored to be haunted by the countless sailors who lost their lives on it. Spooky.
I love this ship....so much history. There are allot of vintage war planes and helicopters above and below deck. I like to go there for ghost hunting and events like Paracon. So much fun and soo much to see and explore.
The History of this amazing aircraft carrier was a lot fun to learn about and the docents thay have are actual retired sailors. It was by far the best place to watch the fireworks this year, definetly going there next year.
This ship is so filled with positivity! Like back then in the 40's, they battled the country that was trying to kill us and served our country, and I thank those spirits on the uss hornet that served this country and I love the uss hornet too, very fun!
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