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USS Midway Museum, San Diego

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An active naval aircraft carrier for nearly 50 years, USS Midway Museum now displays 29 restored planes and 60 interactive exhibits. You can see what the brig, engine room, pilots' ready rooms, and the crew's sleeping quarters looked like when the country's longest-serving carrier was on active duty. Explore the upper deck's bridge and the war room, or descend to the flight deck to discover the history behind some of the country's renowned military aircraft. Try out the flight simulators, or take a narrated audio tour. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs. By using our San Diego trip app, you can arrange your visit to USS Midway Museum and other attractions in San Diego.
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  • The USS Midway Museum was an unexpected surprise. I went reluctantly, but really enjoyed every second of it. 
    The USS Midway Museum was an unexpected surprise. I went reluctantly, but really enjoyed every second of it.  more »
  • Our organization booked the Midway for the evening. We had no idea how it would be organized, but once we arrived we were impressed. There was more than enough room for touring, eating, drinking and.....  more
    Our organization booked the Midway for the evening. We had no idea how it would be organized, but once we arrived we were impressed. There was more than enough room for touring, eating, drinking and.....  more »
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  • Great place to go visit and learn some history! The kids did the junior pilot program (Free), which involved answering 6 multiple choice questions to get golden pilot wings. This was good as the kids were so engaged covering the questions that enabled us to see the whole USS Midway. Also, there's plenty of interactive displays and lots of planes plus a 15 minute video of the battle for Midway, which was well done. In all plan to spend 2-3 hrs at this attraction. After going here you can walk to Seaport village and spends some time enjoying the fresh sea breeze.
  • The USS Midway is a great place to visit if you are in San Diego! If you have ever walked along the San Diego Bay, you most likely have seen the USS Midway, as it is very hard to miss! When you first board the Midway, you start to realize how big the ship actually is. In the main area of the ship, you are given the choice on whether you want to do an audio tour of the ship. If you like audio tours, then the one at the Midway is excellent, but if they are not your thing, there is plenty of information in different areas along the ship, so you won’t feel like you are missing a bunch of info. The volunteers are also very helpful and friendly, so make sure to say hi to them! There are so many areas in the ship that I highly recommend you plan to spend the majority of the day there. There is also a gift shop and food area on the ship, so if you are looking for souvenirs or food you can find it! The deck of the ship is one of the best areas in my opinion. There you can see all the airplanes on the flight deck, which really puts the size of the Midway in perspective. Sometimes there is a line to view the bridge on the flight deck, but it is definitely worth the wait. You may even want to do that first so you give yourself time in case there is a line, and then explore the rest of the ship after.

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