There are many great attractions in Southern California, but San Diego’s USS Midway Museum is a must see for all ages. The USS Midway Museum is an adventure that the entire family will find unforgettable. Located in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway has a collection of 27 restored aircraft and more than 60 exhibits to explore. The USS Midway allows visitors to roam the ship at their own pace and provides a self-guided audio tour , narrated by Midway sailors.
If that wasn’t enough, there are three flight simulators aboard, a gift shop and a cafe’ with patio dining. Family-oriented activities include climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits,” Ejection Seat Theater”, interactive exhibits and much more. Exhibits range from sleeping quarters to primary flight control. My seven year old loved the ships jail and the massive galley. One of my favorite things about visiting the USS Midway was the great views of downtown San Diego from the flight deck. You can see other Navel Ships, the Del Coronado bridge and Island and the great sky line of downtown.
The USS Midway was commissioned after the end of World War ll, operating from September of 1945 until she was decommissioned in San Diego in 1992. An aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, the USS Midway was the lead ship of her class. How did the Midway get her name? First of all, all United States Navy ships start with USS, this stands for United States Ship. The Midway itself was named after an important battle from World War ll that took place on Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean. The USS Midway has a large 41 printed on the side of it. All Navy ships are numbered in the order they are built. The USS Midway fought in the Vietnam War and the First Persian Gulf War and has sailed in every ocean in the world. The USS Midway’s career lasted 47 years and had as many as 200,000 men and woman served on her.
The USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway received many awards for outstanding service and many people wanted to honor her fine history. It took 12 years of hard work and planning to bring the USS Midway to San Diego and turn her into a museum, but in June of 2004 the USS Midway Museum opened it’s doors to the public. In addition to serving as a museum to the public, visitors often have the opportunity to watch a young men and woman re-enlist or witness an authentic change-of-command ceremony or inspirational retirement ceremony. The USS Midway offers group and docent tours, private events and birthday adventures. Be sure to check out the Calendar of Events when planning a visit to the USS Midway Museum.
Hours and Tickets:
The USS Midway Museum opens at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) Last Admission 4 p.m. NOTE: plan to spend 3 to 4 hours in the museum.
seniors (62+) and students (with valid ID) $10
retired military and veterans (with valid ID) $10
youth (ages 6-17) $10
Children 5 and younger and Active-duty personnel (including Reservists) with valid ID
Directions and Parking
The USS Midway is located at 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101, along side Navy Pier.
There are more than 300 spaces along the Midway on Navy Pier for vehicles only.
$5 up to 1 hour
$7 for up to 4 hours
$10 for up to 10 hours
$12 for up to 12 hours
There are large vehicle parking in metered space along Pacific Coast Highway and metered spaces available on city streets ($1.25 per hour with 2 hour limit) Downtown San Diego features more than 50,000 parking spaces. Some are within walking distance of the USS Midway, others are a short taxi ride or pedicab ride away.
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