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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego

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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. October Promotion - kids free! From October 1st – 31st, the USS Midway will permit two free children (6-12) with each adult ticket. Child tickets will be issued at the ticket booth when adult ticket is shown. No need to purchase child tickets this month.
  • 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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All taxes, fees and handling charges
Embarcadero Adventure Offers including discounts for other nearby attractions
World famous Midway volunteers will bring the flight deck alive
Ability to skip the ticketing line - does not apply to lines within the attraction.
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Parking: please note that during the summer, parking is limited and early arrival is encouraged.
7/20/2020 - 10/12/2023
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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
MUSEUM HOURS 10:00 - 17:00 (LAST ENTRY AT 16:00)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. 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.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Complimentary, loaner wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Elevator access from Navy Pier onto the ship, from the hangar deck down to the second deck and up to the flight deck
  • Approximately 60 percent of the museum’s exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • Narrated video tour of all museum exhibits is shown continuously in the hangar deck
  • Parking is available adjacent to Midway for an additional fee through Ace parking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • HOURS ARE 10AM TO 5PM HOWEVER LAST ADMISSION IS 4PM.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • October Promotion - kids free! From October 1st – 31st, the USS Midway will permit two free children (6-12) with each adult ticket. Child tickets will be issued at the ticket booth when adult ticket is shown. No need to purchase child tickets this month.
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You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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  • "If youre a Top Gun fan or a military enthusiast - this is a must!" See review
  • "Really cool to explore the ship on your own at your own pace with knowledgeable friendly staff there to guide you" See review

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Great day on the Midway.
Glen_M
, Sep 2022
We truly enjoyed the Midway video at the beginning of the tour. It was sobering. It is hard to describe the size of the ship. The experience was memorable.
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USA 1940’s fleet
Peter_D
, Sep 2022
The movie about the USS Midway, the simulator, the interactive activities, walking the decks, checking all the info on the planes
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Fabulous Experience
Paula_W
, Oct 2022
We had a brilliant day fabulous experience so much to see, do and learn about and if you are travelling by car very easy to park and only cost $10 !
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Loved the Midway
GREG_G
, Sep 2022
The deck experience was amazing I could not believe the catapult system. And the size of the planes.
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Fun, fun, fun
Tricia_F
, Sep 2022
Great time, great volunteers who took time to talk with you and share their experiences. Flight simulator was so much fun!!! It’s a must do !!!
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Heart warming memories
Sharon_S
, Sep 2022
This was the most incredible journey I took this far in my life. My father was in WWII and was a pilot that flew planes and dropped supplies and food to the troops in the South Pacific. He and I never had conversations regarding his tour of duty as he died from mesothelioma after he retired from the Bridgeport CT fire department. I miss him so much and after my journey on the ship I remember so much more about the most favorite man in my life. If you have any relative in the Service. Please go see this wonderful ship and relive your memories.
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Wonderful afternoon
karenelaineminard
, Sep 2022
Walking on deck viewing the aircraft. Very informative guides with interesting personal experiences.
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Save time
Gaga_T
, Aug 2022
Great without lining up for tickets, it's safe and easy process, would highly recommend to friends and families
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Worthy & Humbling Thankyou
Wynn_J
, Sep 2022
Part Vacation/Expo show, Midway great place to bring family. Allow 3 to 4 hours thoroughly take it all in. Thankyou to all in our US services, God be with you & we love you.
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All should visit the Midway musuem
MICHAEL_M
, Sep 2022
Amazing, we spent 5 hours there and loved it. Great history about USS Midway and naval aviation history. The ship was built in 17 months back in 1944. Amazing accomplishment!
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Highly recommend
Brian_M
, Sep 2022
If you like military history this tour is a must see. Definitely set aside 3-5 hours if you want to see everything and listen to all the presentations. The volunteers on the ship are highly knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.
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Thanks it was an easy...
Rolando_E
, Sep 2022
Thanks it was an easy process thank you for everything , faster convenient Thank you thank you thank You
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Epic experience!
Michael_E
, Sep 2022
Fanstastic! My only disappointment was that I spent 8 hours onboard and couldn’t see it all. I highlight was the fact that 3 Nimitz class carriers were in port ( almost unheard of) right in front of the Midway and to photograph them from the bridge of Midway was real artwork. I’m really humbled to have the opportunity to experience this Naval history museum.
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Feeling like a part of history
Valerie_H
, Oct 2022
The first video we watched was very impactful. Being able to climb in and out of all the area that the sailors had and just feeling like a part of it all. We spent 4.5 hours there and still didn’t see every little thing. I would highly recommend this to others.
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We do experience a tour...
Annaleah_G
, Aug 2022
We do experience a tour in the ship that they called the island. The whole trip is very educational and exciting. There are flight stimulator machine on the site. And they allow the guest to experience to sit on the plane cockpit.
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Great time
Dallas_M
, Sep 2022
Really enjoyed, great displays many maned by actual Pilots . A great part of our History on display for us to walk thru and touch it was thrilling. Would not want to be an electrician on one of these.
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Fabulous experience not to be missed
Donna_C
, Aug 2022
It was very interesting to be able to go into all the different parts of the ship. Being in the Captian's area was great. I also like that I was able to find out that my dad was on the ship in 1961 from the library. All the volunteers were fabulous and very generous with their info and time.
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🙏👍😇
Teresa_F
, Sep 2022
Watching movie made it so much better to understand about this USS Midway everything meant even more and I think you for making that movie
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Midway Advance Purchase
Joan_R
, Sep 2022
It was a fabulous museum, we had skip the line tickets and arrived at 10am, opening time. There was no line for tickets so we could have gotten in right away without advance purchase? Not sure if that’s the case at all times.
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1955 photo of father
Cynthia_P
, Aug 2022
Seeing a photo of my father when he was on the Midland in 1955. Finding about the history of the Midland.
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