La portaerei Uss Midway (CV-41) è stata la prima nave di questa classe; commissionata durante la seconda guerra mondiale fu consegnata a guerra terminata e ha prestato servizio dal 1945 al 1992, al termine del servizio attivo, nel 2004 è diventata un museo galleggiante all'ancora al molo n. 2 nella baia di San Diego in California.
The Midway is definitely a cool place to visit once. I wish the $10 parking fee would go to the city and not a private parking company; I could probably justify going a little more if that were the case. That said, I did enjoy seeing the ship, all the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable and could explain any little detail. I definitely recommend doing the bridge tour, it's not a very long wait and offers a free guided walk through from US veterans. There are a few short seminars you can catch on the deck which offer some more history and technological facts. There are quite a few historic planes/helicopters in and on the ship (some you can go in) which are pretty cool to see up close as well. Other than the museum itself it offers a pretty good view of the harbor, which only adds to the experience.
Spent the night on board as a chaperone for a youth education program.(Have also visited during day) If you have a chance to do so I would recommend going, but be prepared not to sleep. The sleeping quarters are in the enlisted berthing areas. If you are claustrophobic this is not for you. No showers either. You are feed decent food, dinner and breakfast. My kid loved the food. The program is highly organized and the staff running it are awesome. You are split into squadrons and rotated around the ship to the various stations. You get to visit areas of the ship not open to the public, like the weather room and and the arresting room,that controls the trapping wire on the flight deck. Part of the package is entry the next day before the general public with discounts for the flight simulators. You get to hear stories that are not told on the regular audio tour. The program is geared towards younger kids and teens, but you do learn a lot. They also serve cookies and milk in the late evening as a snack. Be prepared for a late bedtime 10pm and early rise of 6am. You will walk approximately 4 miles the first evening, including many ladders up and down.
This is a pretty fun tour. Although a bit in the pricey side asking $23.00 per adult. Luckily my wife found a place online and bought tickets through them for $17.00 per adult. I had hoped for a tax payer discount. There is lots of cool stuff here and the view is spectacular. We had our little kiss so I couldn’t learn as much as I wanted but just being on the big ship was a fun experience. Parking at the ship was crowded so we parked next door at the “embracing peace” statue and walked over. Overall I would recommend this tour if you don’t mind spending the extra money and if your interested in the ship or airplanes. If your not into it I would just go to The embracing peace statue and take pics from there.
USS Midway Museum was a fun place to visit. It would be a good place to take kids as well. But your tickets online and if you go right when it opens you get a 5-10 minute head start :) They have a self guided audio tour. The audio device has a speaker but if you bring headphones the you don’t have to hold it to your ear. The audio tour is very well done and they have both adult and kid narrations. It was a great tour and was really need to get an inside look at an aircraft carrier.
Exciting to see one of our WWII aircraft carriers. Wonderful engineering to get all the vital combat and human needs met in limited space. Numerous volunteers sprinkled throughout with spot on information. All decks and sections have prominent signage so you can navigate solo. Audio tours available. Time well spent. I made it through in 45 minutes but you could easily spend 2 hours.
As a retired Army vet, I appreciate what these Navy types went through. The sheer size of everything on the carrier is intimidating and daunting. I spent over four hours going through everything I could see on this beautiful ship. I still didn't have the time to read all of the history plaques, go in any simulators, sit on the elevator and enjoy the sunshine. My entire family had fun and enjoyed our time on the Midway. The docents are very knowledgeable and friendly. Two captains showed us the launch catapults and did a great job explaining how they work. As former aviators they had a passion that shined as they explained the dangerous working conditions and incredible skills and teamwork needed by everyone on the flight deck. This is a must see. If you have any appreciation for American military history, plan on spending at least 4 hours. With our lunch we started at 1030 and finished at 1530.
Midway museum is a great place to learn about the exciting history of an outstanding Navy ship. The venue is clean and well cared for by the many volunteers that come in daily to lovingly take care of this ship. The docents in their yellow caps and shirts give a continuous storytelling in every part of the museum. It is a kid friendly place with hidden treasures of newly opened spaces where men and women of the Navy lived and worked during their tours of duty. Going onto the flight deck is an adventure all by itself with a historic sampling of aircraft that flew off this deck to fight our wars and bringing peace and friendship to the Pacific. This is a must see place when visiting San Diego.
USS Midway Museum was a fun place to visit. It would be a good place to take kids as well. Buy your tickets online and if you go right when it opens you get a 5-10 minute head start :) They have a self guided audio tour. The audio device has a speaker but if you bring headphones the you don’t have to hold it to your ear. The audio tour is very well done and they have both adult and kid narrations. It was a great tour and was really neat to get an inside look at an aircraft carrier.
How often do you get a chance check out an aircraft carrier? This was a great experience in San Diego. The kids loved it and were able to participate in the junior pilot program that was another way for them to learn more about the ship and how it operated. They had a great time and I would definitely recommend it. We stayed here for about an hour and a half and that was plenty of time to see everything.
The USS Midway Museum is unlike any museum I’ve ever been to. Not only is it a great museum, it’s such a vital part of our country‘s history. The crew and staff are amazing and always so eager and willing to answer a question, or find someone who does if they do not. I served on the USS Kitty Hawk and makes me feel very proud to have the midway to come to-To put a real life object behind the stories I’ve told my family. If you are questioning whether or not to spend your time here, you will have no regrets! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience￼
A wonderful historical find. They give you audio devices to scan at certain places to learn about the different parts of the ship, planes, and helicopters. Very informational. They mostly have vets working or volunteering there and they are super sweet and good with kids. So many photo ops and what a view from the ship. You can see to Coronado Island. Great field trip opportunity. Or even a family day getaway.
Great experience for adults and kids alike. The junior pilot program really kept the kids interested, with a reward at the end. The audio tours were very good giving extra information, and I like that it was part of the price of admission. The ship is HUGE! We spent several hours there and didn't get to see everything, but I felt that the value was very good. Definitely a must-see if you're coming to San Diego!
Very interesting to see technology from 1945. Be sure to bring comfy shoes because you are going to do some walking! One of the best parts of this attraction is seeing the many seasoned military veterans there to share their knowledge and passion with so many visitors. It really is cool hearing those guys share their experiences. Not only do you get to visit a piece of floating history but those guys actually bring it to life!
The Midway was a tourism treasure! I love military history and this gem did not disappoint. It is packed with history and interesting facts. It provided a special tour for the higher offices in the ship. On the day I visited, many volunteer veterans were aboard offering stories and information. Vern gave an especially meaningful talk but all the presenters did a great job. Allow for 3-4 hours to take in all the Midway has to offer.
This place is awesome! I spend ~3-4 hours exploring everything this ship has to offer, and I still feel like I rushed through everything! -There are a lot of aircraft both on the deck and inside of the ship, in addition to cockpits you can take pictures in. -The lower deck is huge and you will spend some time exploring every part of it to get a feel for how sailors lived on the sea. -The tour of the bridge was pretty impressive as well. At first the tour guide scares you into making sure you climb the stairs correctly, but the actual climb wasn't so bad. -All of the docents are top notch, most of them used to serve on the midway, are extremely knowledgeable, and are happy to answer any questions. You should visit the midway asap while they are still there!
After missing on opportunities for years, we finally had some time to visit the Midway and were blown away. What a treat for all ages. The guided tour was detailed and fun. Even our young kids had a blast running up to each podium and learning more that they took our handsets right away. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I was pleasantly surprised to see someone in a yellow cap at every important area with lots of great context to add. The tour itself is very thorough. I was expecting the deck and hangar and maybe the galley and crew quarters but not the island, brig, ops, ready rooms, and engineering. You can almost imagine serving on board and get a real sense of wonder and appreciation for those who did. There are several cockpit mockups and open aircraft for kids to explore and play Ace. If you enjoy this type of museum, you should set aside three or four hours! There's a lot to see and do. There's also a cafeteria of course, and in the shade no less. Highly recommended, but do watch your head and step when venturing below deck!
A must- and one of the best places to visit in San Diego. Family friendly with plenty of space to explore for the young crowds. Very informative and a great history learning experience for all ages. Start early, otherwise you won't have enough time to explore the entirety of this massive ship. Highly recommend to listen to Docent presentations, and ask questions about their experience and service. Some are real vets of the ship from 40+ yrs ago.
I am impressed by the hardware of Midway. It is big and it looks powerful. It is where Admirals managed key battles. I am even more impressed by the professionalism and the aptitude of the volunteers, most of whom served on Midway. THEY ARE top notch and educational. ASK questions! They will give you insightful answers. They are at the best at what they do.
My wife and I visited this honorable ship with a history that few could truly appreciate our understand unless you served on her. I needed to visit her as my grandfather was one of those privileged to serve on her. The ship is very well-maintained with excellent examples of naval aircraft from a variety of time periods. Unfortunately, we did NOT plan enough time to see ask that she has to offer which allows me the opportunity to return again in the future. If you have any interest in naval history, this is a MUST STOP. Don't miss out on a true ship of service.
This is a MUST-DO while visiting San Diego. This one of kind experience will leave you speechless and fascinated. The volunteers and staff do a great job of describing the life of the Midway, complete with stories from people who were there to live them. The views from here are also unique as you can see the downtown skyline. There are so many neat facts and bits of trivia on this ship. You can spend hours getting lost in the history of it. Try the flight simulator! I haven't laughed as much as I did in it. Great for families and adults.
SUPER AWESOME museum!!! First time visiting and absolutely loved!! Would highly recommend seeing the free movie that they have which you should see being offered right after you walk in. Leaned so much about the history about the battle which the ship is named after plus the use of holographic narrators through out was SUPER COOL and a VERY NICE touch!!! The other parts of the tour were AWESOME TOO!!! Great that you are provided with an audio device which provides you info, background, and related about various exhibits. Also, loved that you were able to venture in so many areas of the ship. Would recommend budgeting at least a couple of hours at a minimum in order to complete the tour. Trust me...you will more than likely not get board and the time will fly by. Highly recommend checking out if town!! Final note, that it was awesome that they recognize those who have severed by giving you a sticker and thanking you for your service.
Excellent Experience! So much to see! Plan on staying at least 3-4 hours. They have a self-guided audio tour which provided great information and it was fun for the kids too! The staff and docents were very helpful. Make sure to check out the movie about the Battle of Midway! So inspiring!
Loved the way history has been preserved through this museum. It would take around 3 hours to listen to all the narrated history and also visit each section of the carrier. At the gate one is provided with a free audio tour guide which narrates individual history of each section or aircraft or the carrier on the whole. Those interested to buy souvenirs get ample opportunity inside. A must visit when you are in San Diego on a quick tour or vacation. Kids would also enjoy the place. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there are lots of steps to go down or up.
Me and husband visited a navy ship for the first time and we loved it. We couldn't cover the entire ship as we were leaving San Diego that day. If you like navy ships n museums, make sure you have at least for 4 hours. It's totally worth spending that much time. There's even a show about the ship I guess (I couldn't watch the show . I have come in the middle of the speech because of my 15 months old) but it's worth it too and make sure to go 10 mins before the show as they may start the show in the given time and so gate will be closed beforehand. Overall it is great experience and super cool museum. Me n my husband loved it 😍.
Great museum. We did a few tours below deck which were really neat. The volunteers there take great pride in telling their story and do it well. Only down side is the lack of airflow and AC inside the midway. Probably pretty authentic to how it is working on the ship but it was enough to make me skip some things on the side tours.
I loved this great museum. Tons of information packed into a massive aircraft carrier. The free audio tour is wonderful. The guides and docents are knowledgeable and friendly, many served on the ship. Go early as the crowds thicken as the afternoon wears on. Spent a solid 3 hours exploring.