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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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  • in each case a visit worth, that is impressive what this ship everything in there + was built on it.
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  • I have been to a lot of military history museums, primarily air and space museums and historical sites. But, this is the best of them all for one stark reason: all of the docents actually served in th...  more »
  • First of all I have to admit, that I'm really against all kind of violence, which includes any military activities in my opinion. Nevertheless I was highly amazed by my visit of the USS Midway and thi...  more »
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  • Large and well preserved collection of military history on a floating aircraft carrier museum. Museum is very large with very steep stairs. Wear comfortable shoes. Some decks (lower decks and "the island") have very low ceilings. If you're above 5'11" you will have to watch your head, tilt your neck or maneuver around metal pieces hanging from the ceiling. It's a little warm below deck depending on the time of year All exhibits and well maintained. Many volunteers are veterans that are able to provide additional insight into the exhibits. There is an additional island tour ( included) that gives a tour of the bridge with views of the additional guess if the entire flight deck. There are flight simulators that are an additional cost of $8.00 for the ones that you can actually control/fly. It's about 3 minutes I believe. Two people must ride at a time so the simulator would be balanced (we were told). There are snacks and drinks available for purchase. There are restrooms and also a restaurant with outdoor seating. There is also a gift shop aboard the sell a collection of clothing, military patches, cups, etc. Great experience overall. You can easily make a day of it and spend anywhere from 3 to 6 guess there.
  • Absolutely a must see place for everybody. Great place to spend 3 or so hours with your family. Discover and explore the inner workings of US Navy carrier that was in service for 50 years. The flight deck has a whole bunch of airplanes that anybody can marvel at and enjoy. The audio tour was very informative and fun as well. Definitely a place to take your family to, especially if you are out of town.
  • Phenomenal museum; captured the essence of US history. War veterans available as Docents was a spectacular way to share information. Film of the battle of Midway gave a very real picture and understanding of what war is! Well done! Each area of ship well represented . Planes on top deck included some that one could go into. We (2 adults with children 10 and 8) spent 4 hours, could have stayed all day.
  • Loved the way history has been preserved through this museum. It would take around 3 hours to listen to all the narrated history and also visit each section of the carrier. At the gate one is provided with a free audio tour guide which narrates individual history of each section or aircraft or the carrier on the whole. Those interested to buy souvenirs get ample opportunity inside. A must visit when you are in San Diego on a quick tour or vacation. Kids would also enjoy the place. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there are lots of steps to go down or up.
  • This is an absolute must do place to visit whenever you are in the San Diego area. I have been to San Diego three times and each time I have gone to the USS Midway Museum. The first time I was by myself, the second time I was with my wife and the third time was with my wife and my parents. You do not have to be a military, maritime or aviation person to get a lot of enjoyment from visiting this floating museum. Just to have the chance to see how incredibly large aircraft carriers are yet at the same time experience how very tight living quarters can be is amazing. If you want to see the entire ship then I highly advise that you give yourself a full three hours to do so. Make sure to wear comfortable footwear because you will be doing a lot of walking throughout the ship, up and down stairs and a lot of slow walking. There is a restaurant/ fast food place at the rear of the aircraft carrier but you can only eat your food in that area. Finding seating for multiple people can be difficult. I would suggest eating a good meal prior to going to the museum so that you won't waste any time trying to eat at the museum.
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