USS Midway Museum

Posted on May 27, 2017
Status Closed nowOpens at 10:00:AM tomorrow

From 1945 to the First Gulf War on 1991, the USS Midway was one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Now from its permanent home on San Diego Bay it houses more than 60 exhibits (war room to galley, sleeping quarters to brig) and 24-plus restored aircraft on its flight deck.

The USS Midway Museum is San Diego’s newest visitor attraction, this real naval aircraft carrier offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone. Guests of all ages can enjoy a self-guided audio tour featuring 60 exhibits highlighting this “city at sea” and 25 restored aircrafts. Explore galleys, officer’s country and sleeping quarters of a 69,000 ton ship, naturally located in Navy Town USA, a visit to the Midway is uniquely San Diego!



There are more than 300 spaces alongside Midway on Navy Pier (owned and operated by the Port of San Diego) for vehicles only. Parking rates are:

$5.00 for one hour Midway vendor parking
$10.00 for up to twelve hours
$10.00 Midway overnight educational programs starting at 4 PM
$20.00 for special events such as America’s Cup, Fourth of July, Comic Con and other special events not specific to Midway

Nearby Parking

Metered spaces are available on city streets ($1.25 per hour with a 2-hour limit). Downtown San Diego features more than 50,000 parking spaces. Some are within walking distance of the USS Midway Museum. Many are a short pedicab or taxi ride away.

Tour and School Bus Parking

Buses can drop groups off at our ticket office, but cannot stage on Navy Pier. Vehicles over 18 feet long are not allowed to park on Navy Pier. The closest large-vehicle parking is in metered spaces along Pacific Coast Highway. Front-row handicapped parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Public Transportation

The Santa Fe Train Depot and MTS trolley station are a short 5 minute walk to the USS Midway. The Museum is easily accessible by train, coaster and trolley!


    04 Reviews

    • 4 Ratings
    1. 4
      Jack Ortiz Badge Editor Jul 27, 2017

      Definitely worth a visit

      this is a great stop in San Diego. well worth the visit, plan on spending a few hours.

      the ship is massive, a marvel of engineering, especially when considering it was built prior to computer-aided design and manufacturing. the self-guided tours are really well done, seeing the officers' quarters, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc. were really impressive. and there are lots of planes, with great descriptions of how there were used.

      Highly recommended.

    2. 4
      Diane Lucas Badge Editor Jul 27, 2017

      Awesome and Breathtaking

      The movie is worth the time. The audio tour is great. Its all worth taking in. The hangar and flight desk are huge. Seeing all the parts of the carrier also a lot of fun. Makes you feel a great respect for our troops.

    3. 5
      Christine Evans Badge Editor Jul 27, 2017

      Exciting and Informative

      Book tickets online to save standing in long queue. Great place to take children. Huge display of aircraft and access to the inside of the aircraft carrier with interactive activities for kids. The staff are knowledgable and really friendly and happy to answer questions. We had a good afternoon on board the Midway. Highly recommend

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