I admit it, I am a fan of anything to do with airplanes, but there is so much more to this museum than just airplanes. The USS Midway was deactivated from active duty in 1992 after an amazing 47 years of service including serving in every major conflict from the Korean Conflict through Operation Desert Storm. In 2004 she opened as a museum on the San Diego waterfront. The USS Midway Museum organization has worked hard to open the ship up and tell the story of this amazing piece of US Navy history. I have visited the Midway several times over the years and each time they have opened up more of the ship for tours. While parts of the ship are accessible to people with limited mobility, to explore most of the ship, you will be climbing ladders (steep stairs), and going through hatches with raised thresholds. Watch the shins and the little kids.
You can buy your tickets ahead of time, or, just arrive early. Upon boarding you can pick up a self-guided audio tour to provide you with narration as you make your way through the ship. The flight deck has a collection of over 45 airplanes and helicopters that flew off her decks. On weekends, docents give presentations on deck explaining how the ship functioned. I have listened in on several discussing catapult operations.
The island is open for tours and one hint is to get in line early if you want to see Pri-Fly, and the bridge. Be ready to climb ladders and move through some tight spaces but the docents who man these areas always give a good presentation. Throughout the ship you will find docents stationed to answer questions. Plan on several hours to fully explore the ship and the displays. A snack bar is available if you get hungry. Limited parking is available on the pier for a nominal charge, if you arrive early in the day you should have no problem parking.
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