USS Midway Museum

Spend a few hours in San Diego with a visit to the USS Midway Museum.

There are all kinds of terrific activities to do aboard the USS Midway Museum! Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom, and peace. Try the flight simulators, watch music videos, short films, or climb aboard aircraft and cockpits! Check out the interactive exhibits, “Ejection Seat Theater,” and much more.

Don’t miss the collection of 29 restored aircraft. The self-guided audio tour, narrated by USS Midway sailors, really brings the carrier’s history to life. With so much to do, the average guests spend 3 to 4 hours! The USS Midway Museum is the perfect place to spend the day and make memories!

Exhibits range from the crew’s sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship’s jail, officer’s country, post office, machine shops, and pilots’ ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Especially popular are the museum docents you’ll meet throughout the ship. Each is eager to share a personal story, an anecdote, or amazing statistic, adding to your amazement throughout your adventure.

Family-oriented activities for all ages abound two types of flight simulators, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, interactive exhibits, “Ejection Seat Theater,” and much more.

Be sure to visit Kansas City Barbeque, located a few blocks away, where they filmed scenes from Top Gun with Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis! Some of the best Barbeque on this side of the Mississippi is served up at this San Diego landmark eatery.

USS Midway Museum
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Stacie Barreras
Stacie Barreras
23:17 19 Sep 21
This is hands down, the best military museum I've been to. The volunteers bring the ship to life with their stories and... knowledge. There are many places on the ship that you have access to explore. The flight deck is amazing! I have a greater appreciation for crew on the flight deck and the pilots! USS Midway is a great place to take your family and learn about life on an aircraft carrier. Plan on at least 4 hours to see the major areas, longer if you want to listen to the various audio tour stops.read more
Anthony Hyslop
Anthony Hyslop
00:23 17 Sep 21
We really enjoyed our 2 hour tour which includes the north and south tour. They gave the history of the island of... Coronado and the history of the naval and marine bases. Really cool. And off in the distance you could see the islands of South Coronado miles away. Really good price for this tour. Also was a bit chilly when we headed into the wind, would recommend a jacket or sweater. We did this mid September.read more
Melissa Wright
Melissa Wright
00:39 29 Aug 21
Second time. Great place to take your visitors. Allow 2-3 hours. I recommend going early on a weekday if possible. You... will have better access to the volunteers that are a wealth of knowledge, and you will have the space to truly reflect on the sacrifice made by those that served. So many of the volunteers have served themselves, and have fascinating stories to tell. You can’t help but to feel a sense of pride and patriotism after visiting.read more
N. Mahoney
N. Mahoney
20:13 14 Aug 21
Loved this ship. Very knowledgeable staff since they were veterans. Thank you for your service by the way!!! My two... young boys loved going into some of the planes and helicopters. The gift shop had actual well made toys also. I really great experience and will definitely do it again.read more
Gimval
Gimval
16:35 04 Aug 21
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.read more
Joshua Pearson
Joshua Pearson
21:51 31 Jul 21
This was an amazing experience. I was impressed by the layout and self guided tours all over this boat. Exploring... beneath the hanger deck in the depths of the boat was my favorite part. It is laid out and displayed very well. You can spend a whole day here easily. Be sure to check out the theater show as well for amazing visual effects.read more
Hayley Acosta
Hayley Acosta
22:10 29 Jul 21
10/10, the history is amazing and listening to the presentations really helps it all sink in. We were here 3 hours and... still didn't see enough! Highly recommend doing the Island Tour but get there before 330! They also have an adorable search and find activity for the kids that you can get at the information center. My 4 and 7 year old loved it.read more
Jesus Elias
Jesus Elias
18:17 24 Jul 21
Amazing how big it is. We were there for at least 4 hours but we didn't get to see everything since we went later in... the day. There is a remote speaker you can take with you (free of charge) where you can tag the stands that explain where you're at and the experiences of former crew members. I liked how there were former crew members spread out around that were more than happy to share their experiences and were very knowledgeable about the museum. The gift shop was great too. Highly recommend visiting here!read more
Elaine Cooper
Elaine Cooper
02:18 09 Jul 21
I could literally spend ALL DAY here! 😍 If you love history, if you're a supported of our men and women in the... military, if you are a veteran or know one THIS is the museum of all museums to visit. 🇺🇸 Unfortunately, I didn't upload any of my pictures to Google photos before I deleted my gallery 😭😭 So, I have no pictures to show any of my friends and family of how spectacular of a place this is. I will be back some day. I appreciate all of the staff. They are so knowledgeable and make the museum that much more of an adventure!❤💞read more
Citi Limits Parkour
Citi Limits Parkour
07:18 08 Jun 21
The USS midway what an amazing museum to go and see. I had so much fun with my wife on our trip to San Diego seeing all... of the history that this aircraft Carrier holds. It was so crazy seeing how big a ship could be and how many people fit in there. One of the craziest things is how much food they go through every single day 13000 different Mills are served every single day . And it's crazy to think that our technology is improving even more allowing for bigger carriers and maybe even one day an aircraft Carrier that can go airborne and not just be in the ocean.read more
Jan Martin
Jan Martin
17:27 20 Feb 21
Wonderful "museum" of an aircraft carrier. Included with admission is a listening device which works with a station at... each attraction that was very informative. The best parts for me were the 2 live pilot presentations (each from the Vietnam war) on the catapult and the hook and arresting wire (to stop the aircraft). They each had excellent audio-visual aids as well. Don't miss this.read more
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