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10 . USS Midway Museum

Come aboard the USS Midway Museum located at 910 North Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego at Navy Pier, just a few steps away from the San Diego Maritime Museum at the Embarcadero.

The USS Midway Museum was opened to the public on June 7, 2004. Thousands of USS Midway Museum guests each year can walk in the steps of 225,000 sailors who served our country with pride on this huge San Diego aircraft carrier. To be able to learn about these young heroes (whose average age was 19) while touring the USS Midway is a great experience and a must see San Diego attraction!

With more than 60 exhibits, 25 restored aircrafts, and a self-guided audio tour narrated by USS Midway sailors, life as it was on this floating city at San Diego harbor comes alive. You can tour the sleeping quarters, engine room, the ship's jail, galley and flight deck. Museum docents throughout are happy to share stories and facts about the 972-foot aircraft carrier. Touring the USS Midway Museum is fun for the whole family, with three kinds of flight simulators, short films, interactive exhibits and climb-aboard aircrafts. It's easy to spend 3-4 hours exploring the USS Midway San Diego!

The USS Midway was built in Newport News, Virginia and launched in 1945 a week after the end of World War II. It was the largest ship in the world until 1955 and served a total of 47 years, including the Vietnam War and as the Persian Gulf flagship in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The USS Midway Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. General admission is $18, $15 for seniors (62+) and students (with valid ID), and $10 for retired military (with valid ID) and youth ages 7-17. Children ages 5 and under and active-duty military personnel (including reservists), are free for daytime admission to the USS Midway.

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