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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. Add USS Midway Museum and other attractions to your San Diego trip itinerary using our San Diego holiday planner.
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  • Must see for anyone who loves military history but be prepared to go up and down ladders to enjoy all areas of the tour. 
  • Right downtown. This ship has so much to see. Volunteers are wonderful. So educational. Right by visitor center. We went whale watching right after, and right next door. 
  • My wife and I really enjoyed our time on the midway air craft carrier. We spent the whole afternoon checking out the ship from top to bottom. The vets on the ship were very informative and great to ta...  more »
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  • Great place for history lovers AND everyone else! Could easily spend an entire day here if you wanted. The docents are amazing and full of information. A lot of them have first hand experience of what they are talking about. Great views and just incredible all around.
  • This place is a must-visit if you're interested in warships, military, technology, aviation, construction, or just about anything else. Expect to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours here, and you could easily make a day of it. They have audio tours so you can go at your own pace and learn about every aspect of the ship (or not). Many of the sound clips include stories from vets of the ship. I previously visited the Lexington in Corpus Christi. The Midway is a major contrast to the Lexington, as it is much larger and far more advanced technologically. There are tons (literally) of military aircraft on board, as well.
  • If you have a toddler, this is actually a great place to go. Buy tickets online to bypass any lines and get there early. The ship is huge and amazing. There's plenty of aircraft cockpits you can sit in and your little ones will love fiddling with all the buttons and switches. The jets and helicopters on the flightdeck are great and some of them are open for exploring. The views from the deck are amazing too. A nice touch is that all of the guides on the boat once served aboard it.
  • The USS Midway was absolutely amazing! The guide was very knowledgeable as we made our way through the many decks of this historic aircraft carrier. After visiting the USS Midway it helped me greatly appreciate the brave souls who did and to this day protect our freedom here in the United States. When in San Diego I recommend that you visit the USS Midway!
  • An amazing experience for the entire family. Very educational at every level. Be prepared to learn a lot about United States history on board the USS Midway. The staff is very helpful and guide you along the way. A walking distance to Seaport Village and to harbor cruise boats that will take you around the bay.