• Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration: Flexible

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Take a trip through American naval history with admission to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. This enormous ship, known as the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, now offers a range of interactive exhibits, a self-guided audio tour and numerous restored aircraft across its 4-acre (1.6-hectare) flight deck and sections below. It’s an essential piece of San Diego’s, and America’s, military history.


  • Skip the Line: Proceed directly to the front gate for admission
  • Visit one of the largest aircraft carriers in the US Navy fleet
  • Enjoy over 60 exhibits including the flight deck, galley, engine room and more
  • Audio tour included in the admission price is available in English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German and Mandarin
  • A must for the entire family

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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum

Climb aboard the USS Midway carrier in San Diego, a former naval vessel that now plays home to a fascinating range of exhibits on the American military. It’s a fascinating way to learn about military history along with an iconic piece of Americana.

Begin your USS Midway visit on downtown San Diego’s Embarcadero, boarding the ship any time during its regular hours of operation. This marvel of engineering once housed more than 4,500 crew members across its various decks, and served in the US Navy between 1945 and 1992, making it the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Over the years more than 225,000 sailors have walked its sturdy decks.

Once on board the ship, you have a range of options to explore. For more than a decade this famous carrier was the largest ship in the world (too large to fit through the Panama Canal, in fact), so there’s no shortage of things to do. Continue on a self-guided audio tour, told through the stories of the ship’s former officers and sailors.

Or visit some of the 65 highlighted locations throughout the vessel, covering its bridge to its engine room. There’s also 25 restored aircraft lining its deck and a range of interactive exhibits to suit visitors of all ages. You can also get a better sense for life at sea as you explore the ship’s restored living quarters, including the galleys, sleeping quarters and officer’s country.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the flight simulator, and make sure to stop by the gift shop and café to cap off your visit.

Customer Reviews

Diane R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well worth a visit. Excellent museum and an absolute must in San Diego. Just to realise the size of this ship is amazing. Don't miss it! And with Viator tickets, we skipped the line. Excellent!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This Viator tour was awesome! Very interesting and fun seeing so many cool things aboard the ship! It saved us 10.00 and we skipped the line where everyone else was buying their tickets. My husband said If this really works and it's really this easy he will be very surprised!....well it was that easy...we bought our tickets while standing in front of the USS Midway Museum click done and they scanned my phone the bar code done! That easy. I would definitely recommend using Viator! Thank you Viator.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I went on this one rather reluctantly. We ended up spending three hours on the midway. The history was interesting, but what engaged me most was listening to vets who had served on the midway and are now docents. They were so passionate about what they had done and how wonderful the ship was that I left feeling like I had had a truly genuine experience. Went to late afternoon and the weekday in January. Very few tourists/visitors. A tour I would definitely recommend.

Paula T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The Midway museum is great. We spent 5 hours on it and could have spent more. The docents were all extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. My cousin and his wife from out of town loved it.
If you haven't been, you are missing one of the best things to do in San Diego.

Gary R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The ship was a great tour. We spent the full 6 hours on the ship

Shmuel D S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was an interesting experience. Due to time limitation, we spent about 2.5 hours. I think that we should have spent at least 4 hours.

Junaid M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Worth the time and seeing the most amazing hosts at the Museum

Orville A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Having veterans on the ship describing experiences was a real plus!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

If you ever wanted to see onboard an aircraft carrier this is it. Audio guided tour explains everything. Very interesting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

If you are into this type of history you will love it

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