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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    USS Midway is located on downtown San Diego's Embarcadero alongside Navy Pier
    Departure Time
    1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Parking is available at the USS Midway for a minimal charge
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I wasn’t sure about this one, especially on Valentine’s Day....ended up thoroughly enjoying the ship, very special talking to and hearing from the veteran volunteers. The on deck presentations about take off and recovery was fascinating! We parked in a 3 hour bay and so didn’t
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    Do take time to visit the USS Midway Museum. It is very interesting and worth the visit. It's a great way to see how a military ship operates and what our men and women do to protect our nation. The history of Midway is fascinating.
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    My husband and I loved our visit at the USS Midway Museum. Gave me additional appreciation for what young men and women do for the US. Thank you!! The docent volunteers were amazing and I really enjoyed the audio tour!!
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    I brought my wife and (2) boys to this attraction. I spent my time in the Navy working on F-14 Tomcats. So, I spent a lot of time on aircraft carrier flight decks. Having the opportunity to bring my kids onboard was very special for me. I was able to walk around at my own pace.
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    Skipping the line was clearly the way to go, saved us a bunch of time. It was cool to meet some of the men that actually served on the ship.
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    About the operator
    By: USS Midway Museum
    Attleborough, United Kingdom
    Must see museum
    I’ve been here twice in the last few years and have thoroughly enjoyed it both times. The ship is professionally
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    Deb L
    Patriotic visit
    Absolutely awesome museum. I highly recommend. We spent the entire day here. So much history but presented in a
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    Bellevue, Washington
    So good we returned the next day!
    I wasn’t sure about this one, especially on Valentine’s Day....ended up thoroughly enjoying the ship, very special
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    Robbert L
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    An aircraft carrier is by itself already impressive. Learn about the battle of Midway in 1942. How 10 minutes
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    Richmond, Virginia
    Great museum, really interesting. Honestly too much to see and you get a bit burnt out trying to see it all. Make
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    Jane P
    Great Museum
    Do take time to visit the USS Midway Museum. It is very interesting and worth the visit. It's a great way to see
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    Zakynthos, Greece
    4,5 hours visit really enjoyed it
    Went on a sunday arrived early before 10.00 am , Guide tour on the bridge amazing , all experienced volunteers .
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    Providence, Rhode Island
    Spent the day on the Midway with my 12 and 14 year old boys. We had a great time. They enjoyed going in the planes
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    Kansas City, Missouri
    USS Midway Museum is a must visit!
    We have visited the USS Midway Museum twice and loved it both times. If you visit in February, you might get to
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    Wonderful Outing
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Midway. We had a group of 8 ranging from 3 to 82 and everyone liked the day
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    Key Details
    • USS Midway Museum
    • Duration: 7h
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    • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
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