The USS Midway makes its final resting place in the San Diego Bay. The ship has attracted some 4.1 million visitors in five years, making this remarkable vessel the most-visited floating ship museum in the world. Commissioned in 1945—a week after World War II ended—the USS Midway set new standards in naval aviation during its 47 years in service. More than 225,000 Americans served on the ship, which ended its career as the Persian Gulf flagship in Desert Storm. The ship was the longest-serving U.S. Navy carrier of the 20th Century and the largest ship in the world from 1945 to 1955. After a career that included stints all across the world—from California to Taiwan and Vietnam to the Middle East—the USS Midway made its way to San Diego in 2003 and was opened to the public in June 2004. A must-see for both kids and adults, the USS Midway features a self-guided audio tour in English, Spanish, or Japanese featuring Midway veterans as narrators. A flight simulator from a Desert Storm mission lets users experience pilot-controlled rolls, spins, and somersaults. The museum features more than 60 exhibits and 25 restored aircraft, and also includes an ejection-seat theater and a café and gift shop. There is ample wheelchair access throughout the ship.

 
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Address:
910 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101-5811


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Telephone Number: 619-544-9600
Neighborhood: San Diego Bay
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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