San Diego is a city known for its perfect weather, beautiful beaches, warm sunshine and vibrant city life, but it is also a military town at heart. That’s why we are so proud to be permanent home to the iconic U.S.S. Midway, one of the most distinguished aircraft carriers in the history of the United States Navy. Once utilized as one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in the Navy, the U.S.S. Midway was commissioned in 1945, one week after World War II ended and was decommissioned in 1992 – following a stint of more than 47 years of service.
Today, the U.S.S. Midway Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in downtown San Diego. Over the years, the aircraft carrier has been meticulously and lovingly restored and now greets guests young and old who want to take a glimpse into America’s rich naval history. The museum presents a variety of events and activities throughout the year. Tours include the sleeping quarters of ordinary soldiers, the mess hall, officers’ quarters, engine room, the brig, chapel, and even the laundry room. Visitors end the tour on the flight deck, where 29 restored aircraft are proudly on display.