San Diego

Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego

Badge of ExcellenceSan Diego, United States

From $31.00

Select Date and Travelers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a trip through American naval history with admission to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. This enormous ship, known as the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, now offers a range of interactive exhibits, a self-guided audio tour and numerous restored aircraft across its 4-acre (1.6-hectare) flight deck and sections below. It’s an essential piece of San Diego’s, and America’s, military history.
  • Skip the Line: Proceed directly to the front gate for admission
  • Visit one of the largest aircraft carriers in the US Navy fleet
  • Enjoy over 60 exhibits including the flight deck, galley, engine room and more
  • Audio tour included in the admission price is available in English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German and Mandarin
  • A must for the entire family

What's Included

  • Audio Tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Embarcadero Adventure Offers including discounts for other nearby attractions
  • World famous Midway volunteers will bring the flight deck alive
  • Ability to skip the ticketing line - does not apply to lines within the attraction.
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Parking: please note that during the summer, parking is limited and early arrival is encouraged.

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

Opening hours

  • 1/3/2023 - 10/19/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

What To Expect

Climb aboard the USS Midway carrier in San Diego, a former naval vessel that now plays home to a fascinating range of exhibits on the American military. It’s a fascinating way to learn about military history along with an iconic piece of Americana.

Begin your USS Midway visit on downtown San Diego’s Embarcadero, boarding the ship any time during its regular hours of operation. This marvel of engineering once housed more than 4,500 crew members across its various decks, and served in the US Navy between 1945 and 1992, making it the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Over the years more than 225,000 sailors have walked its sturdy decks.

Once on board the ship, you have a range of options to explore. For more than a decade this famous carrier was the largest ship in the world (too large to fit through the Panama Canal, in fact), so there’s no shortage of things to do. Continue on a self-guided audio tour, told through the stories of the ship’s former officers and sailors.

Or visit some of the 65 highlighted locations throughout the vessel, covering its bridge to its engine room. There’s also 25 restored aircraft lining its deck and a range of interactive exhibits to suit visitors of all ages. You can also get a better sense for life at sea as you explore the ship’s restored living quarters, including the galleys, sleeping quarters and officer’s country.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the flight simulator, and make sure to stop by the gift shop and café to cap off your visit.

USS Midway Museum

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Complimentary, loaner wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevator access from Navy Pier onto the ship, from the hangar deck down to the second deck and up to the flight deck
  • Approximately 60 percent of the museum’s exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Narrated video tour of all museum exhibits is shown continuously in the hangar deck
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Parking is available adjacent to Midway for an additional fee through Ace parking.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Traveler Photos

See more

Traveler Tips

If youre a Top Gun fan or a military enthusiast - this is a must!
Really cool to explore the ship on your own at your own pace with knowledgeable friendly staff there to guide you


1,607 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 1,607 reviews
Very interesting...
michelle_b, Sep 2023
Very interesting informative visit was onboard for around 3hrs. Lots to see with personel stationed along the way to answer any questions
Freedom is Never Free
CynthiaS_S, Sep 2023
My husband and I found the stories which were shared by the guides to be informative and inspiring. The short movie about the many servicemen who fought during that Battle in 1942 brought me to tears of gratitude for their many sacrifices. The veterans who volunteer on USS Midway continue to serve our great nation in a truly honorable manner. Our heartfelt THANKS are sent to each of you men and women!
Fun learning experience
Joseangel_P, Sep 2023
We liked everything... very fun and great learning experience thank you... i would definitely recommend everyone visit.
Excellent tour
Teresa_T, Sep 2023
Excellent tour - worth a visit. We didn’t originally plan to visit the air craft carrier, but glad we did. You need 3-4 hours to see everything
Mark_H, Sep 2023
We had an excellent day & it was made all the more interesting by having so many retired servicemen who shared their personal stories. Highly recommend 👍👍
Midway must see
Teresa_H, Sep 2023
My first time in San Diego and enjoyed seeing everything from sleeping quarters to the flight deck looking at all the planes and helicopters. Great experience.
Wonderful tour
Lawrence_R, Sep 2023
The flight deck and bridge were awesome. The entire tour was impressive. Loved the self guided tour.
Great for all ages
Taylor_J, Sep 2023
USS midway is great for all ages. My husband knows a lot about planes and the military, me not so much and both of us loved it! We spent a few hours there and wanted to go back again.
Great US History tour
Jeremy_B, Sep 2023
Amazing experience. Great US history tour and educates you on life aboard an aircraft carrier. You can spend all day here.
Special memories brought to life.
Tim_J, Aug 2023
Reliving my life as a sailor on board CV-59 USS Forestal. This brought back such special memories from my enlistment as a young man.
Enjoyable day
Denise_D, Aug 2023
Very much enjoyed our day exploring the Midway! So much history, Volunteers very helpful and knowledgeable.
A ship to remember
Kim_B, Aug 2023
A memorable experience with our grandsons. They especially enjoyed seeing all the aircraft and appreciated the staff’s knowledge.
It’s such an awesome...
Marie_B, Aug 2023
It’s such an awesome experience & I highly recommend this tour for everyone most especially if it’s your first time visiting San Diego.
Best historical naval museum and experience
Emma_B, Aug 2023
It is an amazing place to learn about our history and give respect to those who sacrificed their lives for the future of America. I definitely recommend to anyone that had the opportunity to go, I’ve gone almost every time I was in San Diego still love going and would go again.
War Just lost everything / we can see soldiers ‘courage
ThuyL_N, Aug 2023
We was misssing the upper and lower level. We hope if we allow visiting 1 more time withour buying tickets.
Carlos_L, Aug 2023
Better to get tickets in advance. Amazing and breathtaking experience . Tour can be seen in 2-3 hours.
Peter_O, Aug 2023
Flight deck. The natation and every bit of the tour. We will definitely go back to finish the tour. Could not go down to the ship
Great experience
Nelida_K, Aug 2023
Overall a great experience. Thank you to our veterans for their sacrifices and services for us to have our freedoms. ❤️🤍💙🫡⚓️🇺🇸
Xiaogang_z, Aug 2023
It’s very convenient, I can buy tickets online. I hope it’s better if have a little more discount . Thank you
Great experience!
John_H, Aug 2023
Easy to buy and to use! Outstanding experience. We really enjoyed the whole trip. Love Viator! Can’t wait for our next trip with Viator!

Compare Similar Experiences

1 / 3
No Photo
Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum Admission Ticket in San Diego


5 hours
Free Cancellation
No Photo
Maritime Museum of San Diego Admission Ticket


1 to 2 hours
Free Cancellation
No Photo
San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Any Day Ticket


1 to 4 hours
Free Cancellation
No Photo
Skip-the-Line Gaslamp Club Crawl in San Diego


3 to 5 hours
Free Cancellation

Explore Similar Things to Do