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USS Hornet, Alameda
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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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  • I came in at 3pm. Currently serving onboard a carrier, I had no problems finding my way onboard the museum. Going on a self guided tour was okay, but all the places I wanted to visit were locked, only...  more »
  • My friends and I were on our way to see a football game in Oakland but on the way I wanted to check out the USS Hornet. I have always been interested in Warships and the USS Hornet has participated in...  more »
  • The tour guides are mostly guys that actually were sailors. The carrier has been kept as it was for the most part and nearly all areas were opened for guided tour. Many planes and the two space capsul...  more »
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  • 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.
  • They've done a lot of work on the boat in recent years and more gets opened up all the time. It's great getting there at the open and having most of the ship to yourself. The staff is very knowledgable and fun to talk with. Definitely recommend this place.
  • 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.
  • Fun place to take in our important history. Visit now while we still have veterans who can talk to you about that history.