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

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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.
  • 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.
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

USS Midway Museum, 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-5811

Departure Time

7/20/2020 - 8/3/2022
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
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.
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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908 Reviews

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USS Midway experience
, Jul 2021
The short film at the beginning was informative and touring the inside of the ship where the sailors live.
Great experience
, Jul 2021
The staff and crew are awesome . Such a fun day with my son. Also the food at the cafeteria was great!
A must see!
, Jul 2021
We had the best docent on our trip. His name is Rudy Schappee. We enjoyed his tour the best. The ship is amazing! The exhibits are amazing. So much history to be shared. We spent about 4-5 hours on the ship.
The real thing
, Jul 2021
Experiencing the real thing gives you an appreciation for the commitment our military gives. Life on a carrier
So much to do!! Truly amazing experience
, Jul 2021
We were there for 3 hours and still didn’t finish seeing everything. They had Awesome volunteers who answered any questions you had. Recommend to anyone who’s in San Diego
Amazing history!!!
, Jul 2021
The ship is amazing. Shout out to Rudy Schappee for taking us under his wing and sharing his history with us. I highly recommend this to everyone out there.
USs Midway
, Jul 2021
It was great to skip the ticket line and enter aboard the ship. My family was so excited to visit the USS Midway. The whole day was exciting.
, Jul 2021
When I purchased the tickets I SPECIFICALLY asked when they closed the tours because I wanted to make sure with all our plans to be able to complete all we wanted to do and found they closed at 5:00 pm! We went when there wasn’t many people so that was great, it allowed us to go and see what we wanted but we’re rushed out the door after purchasing souvenirs. The museum is great for kids. The audio tour is awesome. Loved the staff! Having them experience the real deal was nice to ask questions. They were the best part! Nice guys.
Amazing experience
, Jul 2021
The USS Midway Museum was an amazing trip. My kids loved being able to go in to all the different areas and play around. The staff is amazing and we’re more than happy to answer questions or explain to the kids what everything they were looking at was. The movie about the USS Hornet and USS Yorktown was a great experience, made me feel extremely proud but also sad. The flight deck has so many different jets, planes, and helicopters and a free guided tour of the ships bridge. I recommend this to anyone visiting the beautiful city of San Diego.
Good fun
, Jul 2021
Fun and thorough experience. My kids loved exploring the different levels of the carrier and they especially loved the admiral’s quarters.

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