Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  San Diego  /  USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum, San Diego

4.7
#1 of 443 in Museums in California
Specialty Museum Museum
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.
Create an itinerary including USS Midway Museum
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
18,766 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • August 14, 2017
    Anybody who wants to learn about history, our military, military aircraft or the inside of an aircraft carrier would love this ship. We found it so interesting that we'll probably go back again.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    As a grown up & reverted to being a kid again in total awe of this amazing vessel. The free audio guide helps point out the relevant points of interest in this huge vessel. The ship is immense & packe...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Truly wonderful to visit a ship that has more than 50 years and lived the Gulf war is priceless then see how we lived the Mariners really a lifetime experience
    View original
Google
  • July 5, 2017
    Second time going. If you're in town, go see it right now! Ever been in a museum where they don't let you touch anything? Yeah, this is not that. You can sit in the planes, touch all the controls on the bridge, even lay down in the crew bunks. Free audio tour is fine, or you can just roam. Be sure to hit the bridge tour early as it gets busy and it's hot up there. Also, we watch the movie. Worth the wait. One note: she's a big ship. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready for a fair amount of walking. Ship is cooler at opening and crowds are thinner. Go see a piece of history!
  • June 30, 2017
    A great exhibit with great ticket prices. Some items and things inside are pricey. They offer several languages and have a lot of info including a theater. If you do the full tour and read all the history or listen to it on the device, it is easily half a day. If you just walk through the main stuff then it's quick. Worth a visit to see what some have and still go through for our freedom. Keep it up guys!
  • June 14, 2017
    The audio tour does a good job of explaining what you are seeing while going around the ship. There's so much to do and to keep you busy for hours. Almost every room around ship had a volunteer who was willing to answer any questions you had or tell you some stories. The flight deck had some retired pilots explaining the landing and takeoff procedures like how they worked and how difficult it could be. Every staff member was extremely nice and I very much enjoyed my time here. It was well put together and I would come back again.
  • June 19, 2017
    Great piece of history. The volunteers are so friendly, it's very informational. A lot of awesome planes to see! Definitely a must see and appreciate our U.S History. It is wheelchair/double stroller accessible through most parts. Restrooms and gift shops are available. Parking at the midway is $10, not included with ticket fee. Outside food is not allowed in. They do check your bags. Great experience!!
  • July 8, 2017
    What a treasure!! My husband I toured the USS Midway Museum for the first time today and had a great time! Such an interesting place and the docents were our favorite part. Throughout the entire ship are docents who are veterans, many who actually served on the USS Midway. Their knowledge and experience made the ship come alive!! This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family. **TIP: get there EARLY! Parking fills up fast! We arrived 30 min. before it was scheduled to be open and the parking lot was almost full and they were already letting people on to the ship. Getting there early also meant we did not have to stand in line for any of the ship tours (which we heard could get up to an hour long wait).

Plan your trip to San Diego

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in San Diego

Offering accommodations at a wide range of price levels, San Diego is one of the easiest cities to stay in, regardless of whether you're simply passing through or hanging around for a long vacation. If you don't mind splurging, book your stay at a luxury downtown hotel or a lavish bayside resort. You can also rent a spacious private cottage within walking distance of the city's popular beaches. For a more affordable alternative, try a family-friendly hostel or quaint inn in a quiet residential area.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in San Diego by other users

3 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 28 days in Texas & California BY A USER FROM MARSHALL ISLANDS May, kids, beaches, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM MEXICO October, kids, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in United States & Vancouver BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE October, outdoors, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 28 days in California & Texas BY A USER FROM MARSHALL ISLANDS May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans