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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket

San Diego, United States
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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
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.
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USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway was the US Navy's longest serving carrier of the 20th century (1945-1992), and the largest ship in the world for a decade, housing 4,500 crew! Now you can walk in the footsteps of 225,000 sailors on a self-guided audio tour narrated by former Midway sailors and officers. More than 65 locations, from the engine room to the bridge, and 25 restored historic aircraft are on display. The USS Midway also contains interactive exhibits and climb-aboard aircraft for all ages. Don't miss the flight simulators, gift shop and cafe. Experience what it was like to be part of a "city at sea", explore galleys, officer's country, sleeping quarters and the engine room of the first Navy ship too large for the Panama Canal! You will be amazed by the 4-acre flight deck and the 360-degree panoramic view of downtown San Diego. Front-row accessible parking spaces, available on a first-come, first-served basis, on Navy Pier directly in front of the ticket booth. Regular parking fees apply. Complimentary, loaner wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Elevator access from Navy Pier onto the ship. Elevator access from the hangar deck down to the second deck. Elevator access up to the flight deck from the hangar deck. Wheelchair-accessible family restroom on the hangar deck. Approximately 60 percent of the museum’s exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Located in Navy Town USA, a visit to the Midway is uniquely San Diego!
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Great day
, Mar 2020
Excellent viewing of a great piece of history! Very well presented and maintained. All volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant.
Well worth the time!
, Mar 2020
This was a wonderful day spent. Loved all the docents that gave actual experiences they had on the ship. The exhibits were awesome. We stayed until close and still didn’t see everything. Such a good experience. Thank you.
Best Tour of a Navy Ship
, Mar 2020
Excellent experience. very well run specialty tours by vets that served on the USS Midway. self guided mini tours are concise but informative giving you lots of freedom to explore the lower decks. fortunate to see real Navy Seals parachute land on flight deck. flight simulator seemed realistic
, Mar 2020
It was very interesting. Very educational. And all the volunteers there were amazing. It is a must see.
Inspirational experience!
, Feb 2020
So impressed with the organization and presentation of this museum. Spent almost 3 hours touring the ship. Having veterans as guides was amazing and educational. They would engage all questions with humility and enthusiasm. Everyone should go there when in SD!
The USS Midway is a must see
, Feb 2020
I can’t say enough about how welcoming and knowledgeable the ship’s volunteers are. They are a big part of what makes this a incredible experience.
USS Midway
, Feb 2020
Well laid out exhibit. Plenty of navy veterans to explain and show you round. Aircraft displayed both on board in the hangar and on the flight deck.
, Feb 2020
All of the docents were extremely helpful and informative. My husband’s dad was on the USS Midway and they helped us locate the info in their library of Midway yearbooks.
Midway is amazing
, Feb 2020
We skipped a 30 minute wait by buying online! It's was a fantastic tour. I thought I might get bored quickly, nope! Lots to see and do
Seniors Rates Offered
, Jan 2020
We booked online and used tickets, very smooth transaction using a credit card. Good price with senior discount as well as an extra 10% off, we are very happy campers.

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