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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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  • This was a hidden gem for us. We flew into Oakland for a weekend getaway to San Francisco. On the third day, we really did not want to fall into the masses of pier 39 and fishermans wharf again. We as...  more »
  • The USS Hornet, wear airplane that was recovered in 1969 the space capsules of the missions Apollo 11 and 12. On land, the plane door is impressive to see. If you're a fan of history, aircraft, war ships, it's worth to visit! We have access to several parts of the boat including the flight deck, hangars, the room of machines etc. You can also see a few planes that participated during his service. The staff is super friendly so feel free to ask questions on the boat, they are there for that! Downside: the closest bus stop is 1 km port so access is difficult for those who often use public transport...
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  • Fantastic glimpse of life on an aircraft carrier. Three levels of artifacts that you can see on your own. Docent led tours available throughout the day will get you access to even more. We used the au...  more »
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  • For such a famous ship, it is sad to see it being forgotten by the people in Bay Area. Not many visitors to the carriers. It is manned by many dedicated volunteers and staff. I hope more people visit this historical ship. It definitely needs more funding and more exhibitions installed. I hope Oakland actually market and promote this ship. It seems not many people know there is an aircraft carrier parked in the bay. One of the best secrets in the Bay Area. It also offers great view of San Francisco.
  • Great museum that takes you into a piece of history. The docents are very well informed as some of them actually served on that very ship. You can access nearly all of the ship, with a portion of it restricted to having a docent tour guide. Swell place and I hope they have a good plan to replace those docents when they're finally ready to settle down.
  • We love the Hornet. We were married here, and have visited numerous times. We've brought friends and family, and have explored so much of this treasure. Wear comfortable shoes, and plan to spend at least one full day if you're a real history buff.
  • Awesome. So much to see. Very friendly knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents. So much to learn. Come early so you have time for the engineering and island tour. Plan to spend a whole day with tours.
  • 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.

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