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USS Hornet, Alameda

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Military Museum Historic Site
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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  • Firstly whilst it's in Alameda you need to find a way of linking it to things to do in SF I think. I found it kind of by accident. There is a wealth of history that so many would to to hear; especiall...  more »
  • I did not have a lot of time to view the USS Hornet museum. I first walked around the outside and was somewhat dismayed to see the disrepair of this historical aircraft carrier. It would never have lo...  more »
  • USS Hornet - an aircraft carrier that saw so much in history from WW2 to the Space Race. Info on all of this is to be found on board. As well as the docent guided engine room tour and bridge tour, bot...  more »
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  • Great place to go with rich history. You can walk all over the ship though some areas are kept closed to the public. It is still very interesting and it is very enjoyable. Friendly staff and will come again for sure.
  • Proud father and son moment - my 5 year old loves airplanes and I got him a top gun flight suit and we went here and had an amazing day on all 3 decks. He was able to sit in a cockpit and we role played him sitting in the pilot room then rushing to the flight deck to take off! The staff is friendly and dedicated. Thank you to all for your service to our country.
  • I love the USS Hornet! There is so much rich and interesting history to learn here. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and will try to answer every question they are asked. It was very tiring to climb the ladders around the ship, but it was fun and rewarding. I stayed overnight at the hornet, and we went everywhere aboard the ship. The food was well cooked and very well enjoyed. The beds were comfortable in sleeping bags on top of them. It was cold and drafty in some places so make sure you bring a sleeping bag.
  • Spent the night with Live Aboard program with Cub Scout Pack. My 6 year old loved it. I thought the tours in the evening were great, learned a lot of history, and seeing all that old equipment was unique. The downside, I'm 6'2", and had to duck everywhere which got annoying with my back. Also, I was having allergy issues the next morning. With that said, I would do it again.
  • We went in the afternoon and went on a self guided tour through the ship. There is so much here to explore and learn about. I would recommend going earlier in the morning, as your going to want time to take things in, and have breaks. They do have food on board, but it looked like mostly hamburgers and hot dogs. That said, this is a great place for families and offers a lot of opportunities to learn about WWII and the early Apollo missions.