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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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  • August 10, 2017
    If you like touring Navy ships, this is the place for you. I admit, it is a bit hard to find, but your GPS will get you there. The hornet is maintained by volunteers and is not as polished as the Midw...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    My recommendation is to leave enough time in your day to see all of this place. There are tours and plenty that you may want to spend extra time looking at. I feel everytime I go here I rush thru but ...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    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 »
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  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 19, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    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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