The USS Midway San Diego is one of the top tourist attractions Downtown. It is fascinating to walk around the aircraft carrier and learn about the life of the sailors on board. If you visit San Diego, I highly recommend you add the USS Midway Museum to your San Diego Itinerary and visit this amazing military museum.
USS Midway San Diego Museum Info
10 AM – 5 PM (last admission is at 4 PM) every day.
Closed on Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November) and Christmas Day (December 25th).
Location and How To Get There
USS Midway Address:
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
+1 (619) 544-9600
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Parking near the USS Midway is very limited and I would highly recommend to either walk, or use public transportation/shared rides. If you live or stay in Downtown San Diego, you can easily walk there. You can also download the app RideCircut for a free ride.
If using the trolley, the closest trolley stop is Seaport Village on the Silver and Green line, America Plaza for the Silver and Blue line, and the Courthouse for the Orange line.
There are a few paid parking lots and garages nearby, but they are quite costly. Here is a Groupon for a 10$ Parking offer nearby that I would highly recommend, if you plan to take your car.
USS Midway San Diego Tickets
I highly recommend getting tickets online before, so you can skip the line. Especially in the summer time and on the weekends, this can save you a LOT of time. When it is busy, the wait time can be easily over 1 hour.
Tickets include a free self-guided audio tour that will tell you interesting stories, fun facts and fascinating details about the exhibits you are seeing.
USS Midway Museum Ticket Prices:
Adults: $26 (check for deals on GetYourGuide and Groupon)
Veterans (with ID/only at Ticket booth): $18
Youth (6-12): $18
Small Children (under 6): FREE
Active Duty Military/Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters w/ID: FREE
USS Midway Museum Exhibits & Things to Do
Things to Do
- Flight simulators (additional cost)
- Battle of Midway Theater
- Catapult and Trap Talks
- Free Guided Island Tour
- Junior Pilot Program
- Overnight adventure
- Hanger Exhibits
- Flight Deck Exhibits
- Below Deck Exhibits
- Remembrance Wall
My favorites were the below deck exhibits, as it gave me a feel for what everyday life on board of the ship must have been like during those long months at sea.
Another super interesting part was the Command Information Center that looked like a movie set. There were quite a few veteran volunteers that shared their stories and explained the equipment. Don’t be shy, ask them questions and talk to them about their service.
Best Time to Visit
If you are flexible, I would recommend visiting during the winter months or if at all possible at least outside of the summer school holidays. During the week it is always less crowded as well and the earlier in the day you go, the better.
Best Tips for Your Visit
- Go in the off-season, during the week, early in the morning to avoid the crowds
- When you get on the ship, they will steer you towards the right. We recommend turning left and heading straight to the Ships Island/Bridge. Take the guided Bridge Tour as early as possible. On busy days, last admittance might be as early as 3:30 PM.
- Talk to the volunteers. Many of them are veterans and they have incredible stories to share about their time in service. This was by far my favorite about this museum. It was fascinating to hear their personal stories and anecdotes about life as a sailor.
USS Midway History
While the USS Midway as the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the last century. It was commissioned just one week before the end of World War II.
It played an important role during the Cold War but did not see any battle action until 1965 during the Vietnam War, followed by missions in Japan, the Persian Gulf, and the Philippines.
The USS Midway was decommissioned in 1992 and opened as a museum in San Diego in 2004. San Diego has a long history as the country’s top Navy town and this is the perfect spot for this historic aircraft carrier.
I hope this article helped you plan your visit to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego and provided you with some helpful information.
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Last Updated on April 23, 2021 by Maria Haase