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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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  • October 4, 2017
    Loved going through this aircraft carrier and listening to all the retired service men who were so knowledgeable. Went into the theatre to watch the film on these heroic men who fought and died for ou...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Very informative, it touched my heart in s many ways as a Navy veteran. I couldn't keep my grandsons' attention long enough to explain anything. We'll have to go again after they get a little older--I...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Have a better appreciation of our military. Be sure not to wear light colored shoes. Not for those who do not like small spaces. Very informative lecture on the launch and arrival of jets. Takes a few...  more »
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  • 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).

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