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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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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
7/20/2020 - 7/4/2023
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.
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
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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Thank God for Veterans
, Jun 2022
It would be so hard to pick just one. That was literally the most interesting museum I've ever seen in my entire life. We stayed 6 hours and could've stayed more. One person in our group would say the penny welded into the front of the plane. Another would say the flight deck. The other loved meeting the knowledgeable docents/veterans.
This place is a must
, Jun 2022
One of the best experiences. Everyone there is very nice and helpful. All the staff is is happy to help and informative.
What a pleasant experience with the app
, Jun 2022
The Viator app worked super well, it's also really easy to navigate and find the events you've purchased, the museum itself was eh.
Great tour!
, Jun 2022
Learning about the different jets and sailors and how they lived and worked. The whole experience was so interesting.
Ship museum
, Jun 2022
It was a great museum. I liked the audio self guided tour. Also the two men doing the live demo of the take off and landing was great. We also ate at cafe which was good. Great day!
This is an awesome trip. ...
, Jun 2022
This is an awesome trip. Highly recommend the USS Midway. Plan on spending a good 5 hours if you want to see it all.
Great way to spend the day.
, Jun 2022
The 3 hours we spent there was not enough, so much to see and do. The docents answered our questions and gave valuable information. The movie, about the battle of Midway, was excellent. A lot of hands on exhibits. There were no children in our party but a lot of activities for them (adults too) and they were all having a great time. We will be back.
Midway Fun!
, Jun 2022
Excellent place to see in San Diego for residents and visitors. Educational and very fun for all ages. Lots of interactive things for kids and adults. Definitely set aside at least 2 hours for this venue. Pre-purchase definitely saves time! Highly recommend!
My family really enjoyed...
, Jun 2022
My family really enjoyed being able to get into some of the planes/jets. I really like how they how the fake people props positioned to what they would be doing back in the day.
Not only is the history...
, Jun 2022
Not only is the history awesome but seeing Vets tell their stories to pass on to the next generation is heartwarming.
It was amazing and the...
, May 2022
It was amazing and the docents were terrific. Well organized and easy to see all your favorite exhibits
, May 2022
It was so interesting to see how the sailors actually lived aboard this ship. And what really made the day was the number of retired service members who were available to answer questions and tell stories of their experiences. We allowed ourselves 4 1/2 hours there and didn't have time to see everything we wanted!
The history and the Vets...
, May 2022
The history and the Vets that were very informative!! I liked all the different planes that were on the flight deck.
, May 2022
Nice experience and the price is the same at the ticket booth. Just check your email for the bar code ticket and boom....
A very good experience.
, May 2022
A very good experience. It was an astonishing fact how such a huge ship was built and maintained carrying so much of aircrafts.
Bererqn Volunteers
, May 2022
The veterans volunteers who showed us around telling us about the radar, sleeping accommodation, pilots, planes.
Every one was so nice....
, May 2022
Every one was so nice. Was a great experience and learned so much. All staff was so knowledgeable and professional.
Love those aircraft carriers
, May 2022
Love the flight deck and the deck where they store the planes. I’ve been there before and would go again.
The history was...
, May 2022
The history was fascinating. The whole experience was so fun. You have VETs in different areas to give you their perspective as well.
, May 2022
We have come over from the uk , our son who is 6 is really into the army and he really enjoyed it. The volunteers were amazing and very knowledgeable.

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