No San Diego vacation would be complete without a visit to the USS Midway.
San Diego is a city known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant city life, and warm sunshine, but it is also a military town at heart. That’s why we are so proud to be home to the USS Midway, one of the most distinguished aircraft carriers in the navy’s history. The Midway was commissioned a week after WWII ended and decommissioned in 1992, making her one of the longest-serving carriers in the U.S. Navy. Today, the Midway has been lovingly restored and turned into a museum for old and young alike.
History of the Midway
The Midway served in the U.S. Navy for 47 years, and saw action in Vietnam and during Operation Desert Storm. Over its many decades at sea, this ship housed over 225,000 sailors and helped protect America’s interests all over the world.
Touring the Midway is truly an amazing experience. Visitors can explore virtually the entire ship as they view over 60 exhibits. The tour includes looks into 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 on proud display.
As part of the tour, visitors receive an audio device that provides an explanation for each exhibit, including recorded interviews with the men and women who worked on the ship. Throughout the tour, as visitors walk through tight hallways, step through small doors, and climb stairs, you can truly get a sense of what life was like for the men and women living on the Midway.
The tour is self-paced, so you can spend all day on the ship, sampling the many interactive elements included in the tour. One of the best aspects of the experience is the volunteers, many of whom are retired military personnel, who offer their time to answer questions and speak about their experiences. You’ll do yourself a great favor by speaking with these amazing and passionate people!
Get Your Tickets
The USS Midway Museum is open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day except for major holidays. The cost for a general adult ticket is $20, and discounts are available for seniors, students, children, and retired military veterans. You can also get a small discount for purchasing your tickets online. Once you purchase your tickets, you can show up at any time and spend as long as like (until 5 PM) walking through the ship, exploring the hanger deck, or shopping in the small gift shop.
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