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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-5006
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is quite an experience. You cannot see everything in one day, unless you get there early, but the tour guides do a great job of getting you to areas you are interested in, along with the basics. The complexity of the ship is mind...More

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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Robert! Glad that you like it! :)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were planning to spend an hour there but ended up spending more than 3 hours on the ship ! There is just SO MUCH to see and learn . A salute to all who had served ! We had a very dedicated guide Greg...More

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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review Grace! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your time here! :)

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Reviewed March 15, 2018

There are many great things to see on this historic ship, some displays and other places that you can just wonder and imagine the workings of the ship during its service.

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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review!

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Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

Recently my Daughter and 7 year old Grandson invited me to join them on their trip to Alameda to see the USS Hornet. It was my first time getting on board and taking the docent/self guided tours of the carrier. We spent about 3 hours...More

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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting us Edward!

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Reviewed February 27, 2018

This has the potential to be a great tour. Quite cold, so layer up. There is a lot to see and explore, plus the docent tours take some time, so plan to be there from open to close (10a-5p). There is a beautiful view of...More

Thank Jennifer M
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Our night tours are known to be fun, hope to welcoming you aboard soon!

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Reviewed February 24, 2018

We took the Admiral's tour and it was above and beyond what I expected! It is a lot of up and down steps, but well worth it! I enjoyed the docents' and the tour groups' knowledge because those who know technology and those who have...More

Thank Kare4Ever
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad that you liked it! :)

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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

Very cool space. Saw Netflix taping of comic Iliza Shlesinger. Enormous space.... like a little city.

Thank AFoolForTravel
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Some call her a floating city :)

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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Just can't overlook this piece of history right in our own Bay Area. A must see!! And don't overlook the docents/volunteers. Most are Veterans well-deserving of our time & attention (and gratitude.) Even though we were doing the self-guided tour, we were asked by a...More

Thank Jafrju
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Willie is a star on the ship, other docents are incrediblely knowledgeable too! Thank you so much for the kind words!

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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Great venue. They hold big band/swing music with young dancers. They have full calander of events thru the year.

Thank Chris C
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Rainie L, Public Relations Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

That's one of our favourite events :)

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

I went with a group of high school students as a chaperone, and we had the guided tour. The docent was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. It's amazing how much history they were able to cram into this aircraft carrier. We learned about World War...More

Thank K T
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Keith H, Manager at USS Hornet Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience. We do have so much to see and be a part of on the Hornet which is why our membership program is the best way to visit the ship multiple times.

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djk2366
March 7, 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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Donald R
May 21, 2016|
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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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