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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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TripAdvisor
  • Be prepared to walk and walk through some challenging corridors. It's a carrier ship! Great tour, take advantage of the very helpful docents. 
  • 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...  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...  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.