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USS Midway Museum, San Diego

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#1 of 846 in Museums in California
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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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  • It was "ok". Went thru the whole ship. Insides were very old modeled after the time when it was in service. Planes were severely aged as well. They did have a flight simulator which was also aged but....  more »
  • I was surprised how much we all enjoyed our own tour of the ship. Actually walking where the sailors walked, slept, etc. was remarkable. You can't help but be touched by the many retired servicemen.....  more »
  • It was great seeing this ship and learning its history. Thanks to all who served over its history. I highly recommend a visit!  more »
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  • The Guides were super nice! My family and I spent good 4 hours in there! My most favorite thing was the “Simulator”. You can feel like you are actually on the airplane. It was really fun! :) especially when the workers are super friendly and awesome! I am so thankful for going to USS Midway Museum!
  • A must see attraction in San Diego! The USS Midway Museum is a fantastic piece of Naval history and insight. So much important history and access to all different parts and areas of the ship. There are great military veterans all over to help and guide all the guests to offer some useful information. All employees really know the history and are so nice. Parking is available right in front of the Museum which is very convenient.
  • This wonderful is a great place to learn about all the different battles fought with the USS Midway as well as get a firsthand experience of what it is like to work and live on an aircraft carrier. The museum is run entirely by veteran volunteers who are really passionate and know their stuff. It’s recommended to take the guided tour from the little electronic device received upon entering. You can visit the bowels of the ship, the flight deck, and the captains bridge up top. All worth it if you have the time. From the flight deck, you can walk right up to many Vietnam and Gulf War fighters and even enter some, like the Huey. The ship offers great views of the harbour, Coronado, and downtown San Diego. The museum offers discounts for seniors, students, military, and children, which is a plus. My mate and I had a great chat with a gent named Gunner, and everyone here is super friendly, so when visiting, do not hesitate to ask questions or for their experiences. Would highly recommend for anyone who likes military, aviation, boating, or would like to have a very unique experience.
  • This ship is amazing! So much important history and access to a lot of the ship (at least enough to get the feel). I believe it's a must see when in San Diego. Theres great military veterans all over to help guide all guests. The gift shop IS NOT a rip-off which is nice! Just a great site especially for military history fans and also Great for kids to enjoy and get once in lifetime photos. You really can Feel the History when on board!
  • This museum is an American treasure, just like the ship in its own right. I visited on a weekend and found easy parking ($10) right next to the front gate of the museum. Admission was $23 and money well spent. The tour include three main levels, plus what's called the "island tour" as a fourth, the latter of which is guided and includes the helm and captain's chair. One must be able to climb 32 very steep stairs for the island tour. But it's really great. American history is rich at this place. So wonderful. Four hours passed very quickly although one does not need so much time. But I read a lot, and listed to the included audio clips, and spoke with the staff. The staff is worth mentioning. They were amazing for their friendly hosting and their knowledge. This tour is highly recommended. God Bless America.

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