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USS Midway Museum, San Diego

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An active naval aircraft carrier for nearly 50 years, USS Midway Museum now displays 29 restored planes and 60 interactive exhibits. You can see what the brig, engine room, pilots' ready rooms, and the crew's sleeping quarters looked like when the country's longest-serving carrier was on active duty. Explore the upper deck's bridge and the war room, or descend to the flight deck to discover the history behind some of the country's renowned military aircraft. Try out the flight simulators, or take a narrated audio tour. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs. By using our San Diego trip app, you can arrange your visit to USS Midway Museum and other attractions in San Diego.
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  • Wow, simply stunning, great exhibits on board, a retirement ceremony with lots of top brass on the deck which was a bonus to watch, the gift-shop is a little pricey, but you have to visit when in San....  more
    Wow, simply stunning, great exhibits on board, a retirement ceremony with lots of top brass on the deck which was a bonus to watch, the gift-shop is a little pricey, but you have to visit when in San....  more »
  • This was my first time on an aircraft carrier. The experience was surreal, the unbelievable size of the ship and the different sections representing the complexities that go into operating such a... 
    This was my first time on an aircraft carrier. The experience was surreal, the unbelievable size of the ship and the different sections representing the complexities that go into operating such a...  more »
  • really a good place so cool must go with family if you visit san diego. a lot of places to eat and good 
    really a good place so cool must go with family if you visit san diego. a lot of places to eat and good  more »
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  • Great place to go visit and learn some history! The kids did the junior pilot program (Free), which involved answering 6 multiple choice questions to get golden pilot wings. This was good as the kids were so engaged covering the questions that enabled us to see the whole USS Midway. Also, there's plenty of interactive displays and lots of planes plus a 15 minute video of the battle for Midway, which was well done. In all plan to spend 2-3 hrs at this attraction. After going here you can walk to Seaport village and spends some time enjoying the fresh sea breeze.
  • The USS Midway is a great place to visit if you are in San Diego! If you have ever walked along the San Diego Bay, you most likely have seen the USS Midway, as it is very hard to miss! When you first board the Midway, you start to realize how big the ship actually is. In the main area of the ship, you are given the choice on whether you want to do an audio tour of the ship. If you like audio tours, then the one at the Midway is excellent, but if they are not your thing, there is plenty of information in different areas along the ship, so you won’t feel like you are missing a bunch of info. The volunteers are also very helpful and friendly, so make sure to say hi to them! There are so many areas in the ship that I highly recommend you plan to spend the majority of the day there. There is also a gift shop and food area on the ship, so if you are looking for souvenirs or food you can find it! The deck of the ship is one of the best areas in my opinion. There you can see all the airplanes on the flight deck, which really puts the size of the Midway in perspective. Sometimes there is a line to view the bridge on the flight deck, but it is definitely worth the wait. You may even want to do that first so you give yourself time in case there is a line, and then explore the rest of the ship after.
  • Amazing visit. Thought at first “it is just a ship. I am not going to stay there more than two hours”. I stayed whole day. Amazing people, amazing aircraft and the whole history of the ship was amazing. Especially enjoyed conversations with docents and their presentations - people who are not mere guides but actual crew members who served on this ship and know it and other navy related topics inside out! I highly recommend visiting it and be sure you will stay there longer than expected!
  • Super cool and a lot of fun to see. We spent at least 4 hours walking around and listening to all the things they showed us. Well worth the money and didn't really cost much to get on. They have a nice food and drink area on the first level as you walk on all the way to the left. There is a elevators to get to other levels for people who can't use stairs. We had a GREAT TIME.
  • This was an amazing piece of history to visit. The tour is self guided, except for the tour of the island. There is so much to see and they have plenty of arrows guiding you along the way. There are also several presentations on the flight deck from some former crew members that are quite interesting. If you are in the area and looking for something to do, this one is highly recommended. But there will be lost of steps and plenty of walking, so keep that in mind.

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