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USS Hornet Museum

707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-5006
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The USS Hornet spent almost three decades traveling the world's oceans in service to our nation. The USS Hornet Museum, a State and National Historic Landmark, is berthed at Pier 3 on the former naval air station in Alameda. The ship's active duty years spanned the 1940's - 60's. The historic aircraft carrier was a key participant in WWII, the Vietnam War, the COld War and the recovery of the first two lunar landing space missions - Apollo 11 and 12. She was stored in a naval mothball fleet from 1970-1995. When the Museum opened in 1998, it was the only sea, air and space museum on the West Coast. The Museum is a great resource for local and international visitors. Open 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays) with a large percentage of the ship accessible for visiting. Dozens of restored spaces and many exhibits to learn about the Hornet career and what it was like to live and work aboard.
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707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-5006
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been wanting to visit the Hornet for many years, but finally made it happen. The only regret was NOT doing it sooner. In a three hour visit, we still did not get a chance to see it all. The island tour is a...More

Thank Ken H
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the review and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time here Ken! Please come back again for the engine room, it's a must to see as well:) Actually the food vendor will station onboard during weekends, but it only visits the ship...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommend taking any available docent tours . . . they make a great experience even greater. Be prepared for a long visit to truly get a feel it, or break visit into multiple days. Be prepared to climb up and down very steep stairs...More

Thank R802EAbobh
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for the review! And yes the food trucks you mentioned about was from our summer chow call event that happens on every last Sunday of the month from May to September! Glad that you made it there! :)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great museum! Came here with some friends...but I wish we would have brought jackets as it was cold even in late June. It's especially windy and cold on the flight deck. First and foremost, you will be doing a lot of walking. At...More

Thank Kitman
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It's true that this ship not very friendly for people who has mobility issues since it's was restored based on how it looked like when it was in service - a real aircraft carrier! For those who have mobility issues, we don't not recommend them...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love travelling around and seeing battleships and carriers from WWII, and when we found out we'd be in the Bay Area, we had to go see the Hornet. The number one reason we wanted to go was because this was the carrier that picked...More

Thank Todd T
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for the review Todd, please come back sometime!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in here to see this Aircraft Carrier Museum. Was wonderful! Had a tour of the engine room. Was excellent!! I love aviation, so it was neat to see some of the planes on display. Even had a little snack table set up for a...More

Thank Bobby31225
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for you review and I'm glad that you liked the tour! Come back for our special events and tours when you have time :)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a day trip from Napa to visit this museum and we're very happy we did. We had prebooked the Admiral's (or behind the scenes) tour. Our guide, I believe his name was Tom Burns, was a veritable font of knowledge and extremely personable....More

Thank Paul S
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Glad that you enjoyed this morning tour! We love it too since it brings you to places that are not usually open to the public. Please come back for our other special events and tours when you have time :)

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

We visited the ship on a whim and didn't regret it. It's well worht the $20 just to see the NASA exibit.

Thank Ian606
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for coming! Please come back for our special events and tours when you have time:)

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We got to spend the day here for a corporate meeting - a great venue with friendly staff. Did a little volunteer work to help out and then went on a docent led tour of normally off-limits parts of the ship. The history from World...More

Thank sullivak
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for volunteering and I'm so happy that you enjoyed your time here!

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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

We visited the Hornet and had a very nice experience. The tour was definitely nice, and you are able to learn a lot about the history of the ship. I love hearing and seeing history about WW2, and this aircraft carrier played a big part....More

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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Thank you so much for you review! I'm glad that you enjoyed your time here! Please come back some time for our night tours and events, the July 4th celebration is around the corner, it'll be fun I promised :)

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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

The WWII history of the carrier Hornet is illustrious, although the namesake included another Hull which was lost early in WWII. This is also the ship that recovered the Apollo Astronauts to which there is a comprehensive exhibition. The docent LED tours are educational and...More

Thank Mike K
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thanks for your comment Mike!

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Domenic C
25 June 2018|
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Response from Dale W | Reviewed this property |
No more than 20 minutes from Oakland International. Anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic, from SFO.
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djk2366
7 March 2017|
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Response from 909Meeko | Reviewed this property |
I agree w/ other posts, no advance tix purchase needed. Also agree that you should check the website, there may be events to join or avoid. It's a city on water. It's giant. I recommend that you eat before so you can just... More
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Response from Judie H | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but there are no buses that go near The Hornet from the Ferry Building. You would have to either call a taxi or use Uber.
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