Visiting a museum can be an interesting and enlightening experience for anyone. So when the opportunity came to explore the incredible USS Midway naval aircraft carrier now turned into a museum, we jumped all over it. The museum also offers special discounts and no fee for veterans and their families certain times of the year. Veteran’s Day is one of those times. I am excited to share a day at the museum: USS Midway Museum San Diego with you.
The USS Midway naval aircraft carrier has amassed tons of military history dating back since the 1940s. She has seen battles that would make your stomach churn upside down and then some. From the wartime operations in the Vietnam War to the relentless battles in the Indian Ocean, to the rescues out at sea and Operation Desert Storm. Read more on her wartime campaigns here:
The Museum Experience
The San Diego Bay area is absolutely beautiful with its Embarcadero and welcoming and pleasant surroundings. It is quite impressive strolling along side the dock next to the ship as you approach the entryway to pay admission.
You will receive a welcome aboard and will move to proceed to cross the plank entering the main deck (Hangar Deck). You can choose your own experience via an island tour, talks, and an audio tour. Here is a brief 3-D walk through video.
As we continue to peruse the museum we find ourselves speechless at times and wondering to ourselves, ‘If these walls could talk.” It brings back several memories of my days in the Navy. While I was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, a few of my shipmates were stationed on the USS Midway. They described the experience as challenging and somewhat chaotic all the time. The shipboard life for those in the Navy is not easy and visiting this museum gives you a new found respect for those who serve or have served.
What To Expect
Be prepared to be amazed! This experience left me speechless and in awe!
The museum excursion includes the flight simulators as well, which offers insight into the experience of air to air combat. Strolling through each compartment, you will see how small and how limited space there is on this ship. An aircraft carrier is like a small town and has all the things you need as a service member.
Visiting the USS Midway Museum in San Diego takes you into the life of a sailor on an aircraft carrier. You will learn about the many battles and sacrifices made for our freedoms. The opportunity to get an up close look at 25 restored aircraft static displays and over 60 exhibits is quite extraordinary. You will see the areas where sailors slept and showered, and worked endless hours in the control room and many other compartments.
Although I am not a fan of gift shops etc., I would recommend stopping by this one. It is quite unique and offers so many special mementos and souvenirs. In the anticipation of the upcoming film, “Top Gun,” there are some very cool memorabilia, T-shirts, and unique gear to purchase or collect. I loved this movie, so it was really cool to see these collectibles.
To tease and entice you a little bit to go experience this amazing museum, here are a few fun facts to know:
- 1945 USS Midway is commissioned as the largest ship in the world
- 4500 crew members
- 80,000 haircuts annually
- 13,500 meals daily
- 500 pies for dessert
- 1000 loaves of bread daily
- 2000 compartments
- 1500 telephones
- 212,000 horsepower
- 3.4 million gallons of fuel
- 18 decks
- 1001 feet long
- 30,000 light fixtures
- 69,000 ones fully loaded
- 1992 Decommissioned in San Diego, CA
- 2004 Opened as the USS Midway Museum*
*Information sourced from the Midway Museum brochure.
To plan your next visit to the museum and for admission pricing information, check out the website below.
USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
The museum is also wheelchair accessible as well as offering many other ADA services including American Sign Language and elevator access on all three main levels.
We highly recommend a visit to this museum for anyone visiting the San Diego area. It is a great way to spend time with family and friends at the same time learning about military history.