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“A great stop for Naval History Buffs”
Review of USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum
Ranked #1 of 470 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway (Museum) was America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Today, the interactive museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family as guests walk in the footsteps of the 225,000 young men who served on Midway. Visitors explore a floating city at sea, the amazing flight deck and its 29 restored aircraft, flight simulators, and are inspired in the Battle of Midway Theater, included with admission. Admission also includes a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors in English, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, French and German. Visiting Midway is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in San Diego, known around the world as "Navy Town, USA."
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed April 4, 2018

So it's really nice for Navy History buffs and everyone else for that matter to see a nice piece of our History on display. However, sometimes these Navy Ship museums turn into tourist traps and found this to be the case here. I did love my visit and the self guided tour took you around to many parts of the ship, which was nice. There were plenty of displays too. I really liked the tour of the superstructure and bridge. They only allow small groups to go up there, so you'll have to wait in line. I would recommend going early and heading to that part of the tour first to avoid a long wait. The flight deck had plenty of aircraft, but as a former Submarine Sailor, I don't care much for airplanes so I just bypassed that. The hanger was full of other activities (some with extra fees), food, and a gift shop. That's the tourist part I didn't really enjoy. The engine room part of the tour was a huge disappointment. All I really got to see was the main condenser. As an engineer, I wish I could have seen more. Overall, I'm glad I did it, but probably won't do it again. Budget about two hours or so for a visit unless you are really a hardcore history buff. Even then, you could probably see most everything in less than half a day and still walk away satisfied.

Thank TravelingDad216
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Get your ticket online since the line was long.pretty entertaining self tour. Gives you goosebumps. Worth the visit.

1  Thank rgeulen
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Our third trip to San Diego we finally found time to visit the USS Midway- wow- we didn't know what we had been missing. Start by checking Groupon for discounted tickets- it won't save you a ton, but it will save you a few dollars per ticket and will also allow you to skip the ticket line at the museum.
It's an aircraft carrier, so the museum is enormous. Wear comfy shoes! Be careful about what you take in- they check bags at the entry. I would suggest eating lunch and then visiting the museum- there are very limited food options on the aircraft carrier. The cafe serves very basic fare at attraction prices, and there is a Starbucks (the app and gift cards aren't accepted), but you'll get better food and prices by eating before you arrive.
Plan for about 4 hours to see most of what the museum has to offer, more if you are a history buff. There are several main sections to visit, so grab a map and audio tour devices (they have different audio presentations for children), and make a plan for what you would like to visit. Tours of the bridge leave constantly, about every 8 minutes, and last about 30 minutes. The tour line starts on the north side of the flight deck, and is really worth the time.
The museum has quite a bit to keep kids interested and busy, but they may not have the energy and attention span to visit everything in the museum. They will undoubtedly get the most out of seeing the planes on the flight deck, sitting in the trainers on the hangar deck, and trying the flight simulators (extra fees for flight simulators).
Also, if you are over 5'10" watch your head and expect to do a lot of ducking!

2  Thank Jenny W
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We took a tour of the USS Midway with our son and his friends. This ship is a treasure trove of US military history. The docents were all very well informed of the types of military aircraft they spoke about. Some even were retired pilots who clearly loved their planes. You have numerous jets on the flight deck you can tour, plus the whole ship top to bottom! It really brings home the sacrifice our military personnel make, and the sheer amount of grace that goes into running such a massive aircraft carrier. Go take a tour, or walk the decks of this majestic ship, you will not be disappointed!

1  Thank Marla S
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

It was a cold windy day so we didn't spend as much time as we would have liked on the outdoor exhibits. Volunteers were giving informative talks at some of the aircraft on display. Overall very interesting part of American naval history with more to see than was possible in an afternoon.

Thank Catherine H
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