USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum Live the adventure & honor the legend of the USS Midway with activities & fun for the whole family onboard! Voted #1 "Thing to Do" on Trip Advisor SD!
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Mission: To preserve the historic USS Midway and the legacy of those who serve, inspire and educate future generations, and entertain our museum guests.

Operating as usual

🎄 Give back this holiday season!🎄 Midway has partnered with Ralphs Supermarket this year, where a portion of your shoppi...
11/24/2020
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🎄 Give back this holiday season!🎄

Midway has partnered with Ralphs Supermarket this year, where a portion of your shopping goes directly to helping Midway stay open. Simply visit https://www.ralphs.com and link your rewards card to the Midway. From your Ralphs account you can search for USS Midway Museum either by name or ‘LP169’ and then click ‘Enroll’. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

The more you shop, the more Midway will earn!

Visit https://www.ralphs.com/i/community/community-contribution-program for further details about the program.

On behalf of the USS Midway Museum, thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!

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11/23/2020
www.c2ksd.org

Midway partners, Qualcomm are hosting a technology donation drive with Computer 2 Kids San Diego and we are excited to share this with our Midway Family!

If you are in the San Diego area, please consider donating your used or unused personal devices to be refurbished and distributed among students in the region who need them most.

Click the post below for details or learn more here: www.c2ksd.org/DigitalGiveBack

#DigitalGiveBack #QualcommForGood

Happy Monday, Midway Family! Please note that we will be closed this Thursday, Nov 26 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday! ...
11/23/2020

Happy Monday, Midway Family!

Please note that we will be closed this Thursday, Nov 26 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday!

We will be open all other days from 10 am - 5 pm (last admission at 4 pm) at limited capacity to keep you safe and socially distanced.

Reserve your tickets ahead of time, 🔗 link in our bio. Kids are still free for a limited time, get the details on our ticket page! #WelcomeAboard

Photo by @yensday via Instagram

11/17/2020
The USS Midway Museum Presents The Many Shapes of Midway®

Over its 47 year career, the aircraft carrier USS Midway became one of the most famous ships in the United States Navy. Commissioned just two weeks after the end of World War II, the USS Midway was the ‘tip of the spear’ for the United States, often placed at the center of the most important events of the late 20th century.

Over the more than four decades the Midway was in service, the ship adapted to the times… literally changing its shape to accommodate advancements in jet technology. The Midway underwent several major ‘retrofits’ that greatly improved its performance.

This is the story of these incredible changes, including its last transformation from active carrier to the interactive museum it is today. Located in San Diego, California the USS Midway Museum welcomes over a million visitors a year and works to preserve the historic USS Midway and the legacy of those who serve, inspire and educate future generations, and entertain museum guests.

Please enjoy one of the first episodes of United Stories of America® Season Two!

▶️ WATCH NOW: https://youtu.be/8eTjZwYqwe0

#USSMidway #unitedstoriesofamerica

Over its 47 year career, the aircraft carrier USS Midway became one of the most famous ships in the United States Navy. Commissioned just two weeks after the...

Click below for a story that will make you proud and remind you of fearless humanity in even the hardest times. Years ag...
11/14/2020
45 years later: USS Midway Air Boss reflects on mission that saved more than 3,000 lives

Click below for a story that will make you proud and remind you of fearless humanity in even the hardest times.

Years ago, then Air Boss, Vern Jumper made one decision that saved the lives of thousands including then 8-year old, Courtney Herrmann during Operation Frequent Wind and the Fall of Saigon. Today, watch as they reunite and retell their emotional story on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. Midway Magic at its finest.

Watch here: https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/national/military-news/uss-midway-air-boss-reflects/509-eee33140-c9b1-4796-aeac-e4b9e0072a93

"The chaos, the complications involved, were just tremendous," retired Navy Commander Vernon Jumper recalled.

⚓️ MUSEUM UPDATE ⚓️ In light of San Diego County recent Purple Tier announcement, as an outdoor museum, the Midway will ...
11/13/2020

⚓️ MUSEUM UPDATE ⚓️ In light of San Diego County recent Purple Tier announcement, as an outdoor museum, the Midway will remain open.

Join us on the flight and hangar decks where you can experience Midway’s extensive collection of restored military aircraft that span more than 70 years of naval aviation history. You will also be able to enjoy our award-winning audio tour and priceless conversations of service with our world famous Midway volunteers, many of whom are former military pilots bringing the ship to life with tales of their adventures on the high seas.

👉 Midway is currently at limited capacity so be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time online today: https://link.midway.org/timed-ticket

Guest safety comes first aboard Midway. Review all safety protocols prior to your visit. Safety guidelines include the wearing of appropriate face coverings, contact-free temperature checks, six-foot physical distancing, frequent sanitation of high surface areas and more.

Prepare for you visit, reserve TICKETS online today 👉 https://link.midway.org/timed-ticket

11/12/2020

What a day! Thank you to everyone who joined us onboard or virtually for #VeteransDay yesterday.

While it looked a bit different this year, the love and appreciation we showed to our servicemen and women felt stronger than ever!

We truly feel that every day is Veterans Day, so if there is a veteran in your life that you appreciate, please leave their name below so we can thank them!

Have a great week, Midway Family! 💙

Video shows @navyparachuteteam landing on the flight deck as part of our onboard Veterans Day celebration.

To honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day, we are proud to introduce the first three episodes of our documentary series The U...
11/11/2020
USS Midway Museum

To honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day, we are proud to introduce the first three episodes of our documentary series The United Stories of America® where we tell the dramatic history of the USS Midway from those who were there.

Stay tuned for the remaining three episodes in the series, coming this December. Thank you to all of our nation’s veterans, we are proud to represent you each and every day.

WATCH NOW: https://www.midway.org/stories/
#UnitedStoriesofAmerica #USSMidway #VeteransDay

This series is brought to you by USAA.

In the course of 47 years of service, the USS Midway carried aviators, sailors, marines and a powerful idea: that freedom is worth defending and preserving at home and far out at sea.

11/11/2020
U.S. Navy Leafrogs are BACK on the Flight Deck of the Midway!

LIVE: U.S. Navy Parachute Team "The Leap Frogs" are performing a skydiving demonstration landing expertly on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum today to celebrate #VeteransDay !

Next jump is at 1 pm! Come aboard to experience these incredible aerial demonstrations in person!

11/11/2020

Live: U.S. Navy Parachute Team “Leap Frogs” sky diving demonstration on the USS Midway! Happy Veterans Day

11/11/2020

ONBOARD NOW: Midway Director, Dave Koontz gives us a preview of all the action and safety protocols taking place as part of the USS Midway Veterans Day Celebration.

Doors open at 9:40 am and our beloved Veterans and active duty receive free admission today! Just show your proof of service at Midway's ticket booth located on Navy Pier.

Bring your mask and join us in honoring our service men and women at the USS Midway! #HappyVeteransDay #ThankYouForYourService

⚓️Happy Veterans Day from the flight deck of the USS Midway!⚓️We are OPEN today and have an exciting line-up of special ...
11/11/2020

⚓️Happy Veterans Day from the flight deck of the USS Midway!⚓️

We are OPEN today and have an exciting line-up of special events and exhibits taking place in honor of our Veterans both onboard & that you can enjoy virtually!

Check out the line-up here: https://link.midway.org/veterans-day

We will open today about 20 min early to kick off the celebration with a skydiving demonstration at 10 am by the U.S. Navy Parachute Team "The Leap Frogs". Preparations are underway. We will see you soon! #HappyVeteransDay #VeteransDay2020

Will you be joining us for our #VeteransDay festivities? Click below to see out complete line-up of onboard and virtual ...
11/09/2020
USS Midway Museum

Will you be joining us for our #VeteransDay festivities?

Click below to see out complete line-up of onboard and virtual activities.

Let’s celebrate our active duty service men & women past and present! 🇺🇸🇺🇸

11/06/2020
World of Warships

This Veterans Day, Midway will participate in the World of Warships Virtual Fleet Week to celebrate historic museum ships and to honor our veterans.

This virtual event will feature a mixture of historical footage along with exclusive in-game and CGI footage to recreate the atmosphere of a grand Fleet Week while also paying tribute to the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.

Midway Ship Historian, Karl will be featured to share more about Midway Magic!

More info: https://wo.ws/3kCjnNU

In the face of the global pandemic, we've partnered up with Verizon and historic museum ships to preserve the navy culture and honor U.S veterans through a Virtual Fleet Week.

More info: https://wo.ws/3kCjnNU

This year’s #VeteransDay line-up is jam packed with both onboard and virtual activities and events for you & your family...
11/06/2020
Veterans Day Celebration Aboard the USS Midway Museum

This year’s #VeteransDay line-up is jam packed with both onboard and virtual activities and events for you & your family!

➖NOV 7: NBC 7 Salute to Service Lincoln Housing Military Give-a-way
➖NOV 9: Virtual Fleet Week: World of Warships
➖NOV 11: FREE Admission for Active Duty & Veterans + Family
➖NOV 11: Fleet Week Boat Parade Viewing
➖NOV 11: Blood Drive with San Diego Blood Bank
➖NOV 11: Destination Midway with Historian, Karl & WWII Veterans
➖NOV 11: U.S. Navy Parachute Team "The Leap Frogs" Skydive Demonstration
➖NOV 11: Patriotic Art Exhibition
➖NOV 14 &15: BBQ on the flight deck

⚓️Details here: https://link.midway.org/veterans-day

Celebrate Veterans with the USS Midway Museum: parade , free admission, festival and tons of family fun activities!

It’s #ElectionDay 🗳 be sure to exercise your right to vote!After, hop aboard Midway! We are OPEN today from 10 am - 5 pm...
11/03/2020

It’s #ElectionDay 🗳 be sure to exercise your right to vote!

After, hop aboard Midway! We are OPEN today from 10 am - 5 pm (last admission at 4 pm.)

Safety comes first onboard so be sure to review our safety protocols before visiting here: https://link.midway.org/reopening

Capacity is limited to allow for the ultimate social distancing, so be sure to purchase your ticket in advance!
#WelcomeAboard

Happy Halloween, Midway Family! 🎃 How are you safely celebrating this holiday? We’re looking back on this special guest ...
10/31/2020
Spirits of Midway - USS Midway Museum

Happy Halloween, Midway Family! 🎃

How are you safely celebrating this holiday? We’re looking back on this special guest blog by Midway’s Curator, David Hanson!

Click below to read David’s response to the age old questions... “is Midway haunted?”

#HappyHalloween #MidwayAfterDark

Read about the "Spirits of Midway" as told by Ship Curator, David Hanson!

FLIGHT ⚓️ DECK ⚓️FRIDAY circa 1974Come experience the history of Midway this weekend! HOURS10 am - 5 pm daily (last admi...
10/30/2020

FLIGHT ⚓️ DECK ⚓️FRIDAY
circa 1974

Come experience the history of Midway this weekend!

HOURS
10 am - 5 pm daily
(last admission @ 4 pm)
Closed only Thanksgiving & Christmas

Our #KidsFree Admission Offer is happening now! Take advantage before it ends.

We are humbled to announce that we have received Tripadvisor 's 2020 Travelers' Choice Award! We cannot say THANK YOU en...
10/21/2020

We are humbled to announce that we have received Tripadvisor 's 2020 Travelers' Choice Award! We cannot say THANK YOU enough to you, our Midway Family and all of those who share their experiences onboard with us on TripAdvisor!

Reviews from millions of TripAdvisor travelers placed Midway in the top 10% worldwide of places that people need to see. We are so proud!

If you would like to leave us a review, we'd love to hear from you: http://bit.ly/midway-tripadvisor

10/20/2020
LIVE: Destination Midway - Designing the Midway w/ Historian, Karl Zingheim

LIVE NOW: Watch the Destination: Midway livestream with Karl now!

In honor of the 75th Birthday of the USS Midway, Karl will dive into a description of how this magnificent Midway-class carrier was built and commissioned just weeks after the end of WWII. What inspired Midway’s initial design and the modifications that followed? Tune in to relive the history and engage with Karl during the livestream by asking him your questions!

#DestinationMidway #USSMidway

10/20/2020
LIVE: Destination Midway - Designing the Midway w/ Historian, Karl Zingheim

Join us for the next Destination: Midway livestream today, Oct. 20 at 12:30 pm PDT.

In honor of the 75th Birthday of the USS Midway, Karl will dive into a description of how this magnificent Midway-class carrier was built and commissioned just weeks after the end of WWII. What inspired Midway’s initial design and the modifications that followed?

Tune in to relive the history and engage with Karl during the livestream by asking him your questions!

#DestinationMidway

10/13/2020
U.S. Navy

Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy! 254 years ago today the soon to be United States of America established the Continental Navy, the precursor to the United States Navy!

Today, we celebrate and say a special thanks to our U.S. Navy service men and women, past and present. You embody a dedication and honor that make us all proud! Thank you for serving your nation. ⚓️ #USSMidway #NavyBirthday #HappyBirthdayNavy

"This past year has been full of challenges and uncertainty — but we faced them head on as a team... We have been challenged to confront competitors and aggressors in the maritime domain, a microscopic, ruthless and invisible enemy, and systemic injustice. At every turn our Sailors have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to improving our Navy and our Nation.

Happy Birthday, Navy! Continue to sail safe and take care of one another."

#245NavyBDay

In July, Midway had a July 4th Photo Contest encouraging you all to share your patriotic photos with us and the photo th...
10/10/2020

In July, Midway had a July 4th Photo Contest encouraging you all to share your patriotic photos with us and the photo that received the most "likes" would win a goodie bag filled with passes and Midway swag. We were thrilled to learn that our winner was not just a veteran, but a Midway Veteran! ⚓

Tom and his wife, Tammy recently shared photos of themselves rocking their USS Midway gear and we can't get enough! Tom served on the USS Midway in the mid-80s. He was a Petty Officer 3rd Class, Aviation Ordnance with A7 Squadron VA-56 Champs and is thrilled to represent Midway from the east coast!

We look forward to having Tom & Tammy aboard when they venture westbound next summer to visit their son Sam who took after dad and is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71.

Thank you all for your dedication to service. Midway is thrilled to be a part of your family legacy. ⚓ 💙

Which bunk are you calling❓ #NowOpen - Our crew berthing route has reopened aboard Midway! Come aboard to walk in the fo...
10/09/2020

Which bunk are you calling❓

#NowOpen - Our crew berthing route has reopened aboard Midway! Come aboard to walk in the footsteps of a Midway Sailor and get a look in to life at sea.

When exploring this areas, guests will have clear routes to follow that include separate entrance and exit points. All other safety protocols including required face coverings, sanitation of high touch surfaces, and more continue to remain in place.

📌 Review all safety protocols here: https://link.midway.org/reopening
📌 Get your tickets today here: https://link.midway.org/timed-ticket

#NowOpen ⚓ Midway's Combat Information Center (CIC) is now safely reopened and ready to be explored!Midway's CIC is actu...
10/07/2020

#NowOpen ⚓ Midway's Combat Information Center (CIC) is now safely reopened and ready to be explored!

Midway's CIC is actually six spaces: Surface Detection & Tracking/Display & Decision, Electronic Warfare, Air Detection & Tracking, Air Warfare, Carrier Air Traffic Control Center, and Air Operations.

These spaces were pivotal to ship operations and communication. All of the ship’s sensors, such as radars, electronic surveillance, communications (and even sensor data from other ships and aircraft,) were received, evaluated, and disseminated to help safely navigate the Midway and fight air campaigns in these spaces.

This exhibit has been reopened in accordance with San Diego County’s health and safety protocols as they apply to indoor museum spaces. When exploring this exhibit, guests will have clear routes to follow that include separate entrance and exit points. All other safety protocols including required face coverings, sanitation of high touch surfaces, and more continue to remain in place. 👉 Review safety measures here: https://link.midway.org/reopening

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10/06/2020

It's World's Teachers Day, so we are calling all teachers!

Have you seen Midway's new Distance Learning Programs?

With the generous support provided by Qualcomm, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Qualcomm Scholarship Fund. With these funds we are now able to offer our Distance Learning program content at no cost to the visiting teacher. Bring the Magic of Midway to your students and continue to be the important figures you are in our communities.

👉 Learn more about Midway's Distance Learning Programs here: http://link.midway.org/distance-learning

#WorldTeachersDay #WorldTeachersDay2020

Looking for your next San Diego inspired ZOOM background? Click below and download some awesome background including a s...
10/02/2020
11 Fun Zoom Backgrounds for San Diego Kids

Looking for your next San Diego inspired ZOOM background? Click below and download some awesome background including a stunning Midway shot for your next ZOOM call!

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Add some fun to virtual classes with Zoom backgrounds that will show off your kid's city spirit.

10/01/2020

Intruder Ready Room... who has been inside❓

⚓️ New Onboard Spaces OPEN NOW! ⚓️We are very happy to announce that additional exhibits are now safely open to our visi...
10/01/2020

⚓️ New Onboard Spaces OPEN NOW! ⚓️

We are very happy to announce that additional exhibits are now safely open to our visitors.

In accordance with San Diego County’s health and safety protocols as they apply to indoor museum spaces we will now have the following spaces open:
• Crew Berthing
• Forecastle
• Combat Information Center (CIC)
• Admiral’s Quarters
• Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC)
• Radio Central
• Captain’s Quarters

When exploring these areas, guests will have clear routes to follow that include separate entrance and exit points. All other safety protocols including required face coverings, sanitation of high touch surfaces, and more continue to remain in place.

👉 To review all safety measures click here: https://link.midway.org/reopening

Address

910 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA
92101

The Santa Fe Depot is just a few blocks away, making the USS Midway Museum easily accessible by train, coaster and trolley. San Diego public transportation information is available here: http://www.sdcommute.com/TripPlanner/index.asp

General information

Open daily from 10 AM - 5 PM. Our ticket booth closes at 4 PM. Closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day, only.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(619) 544-9600

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Midway Family!

Thank you for helping us preserve the historic USS Midway and the legacy of those who serve, inspire and educate future generations, and entertain our museum guests!

The USS Midway was commissioned as the largest warship in the world in 1945. Following, Midway’s adventures took her and her crew through historic moments such as Operation Frostbite (1946), Operation Sandy (1947), the Vietnam War, Operation Frequent Wind and the Evacuation of Saigon (1975), Operation Desert Storm (1991), and the rescue after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. The USS Midway was decommissioned in 1992, and 12 years later in 2004 - was opened as the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, CA.

Years and millions of visitors later, we are so honored to preserve the legacy of the USS Midway and her crew.


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Where or what website would give me pictures of Crew from the early 1960's? My father was stationed on the Midway and I would like to find more photos of him if possible.
Any one know the gifts shop in the lower deck open ? Thanks
This might be worth sharing...
Every Navy ship is haunted even after years of war and murder of our men and women from the enemy.
I am sad to announce the passing of my father AO3 Randall Foley on June 19th, 2020. He was a crew member from 1951 to 1953. We were able to visit the USS Midway a few years ago together. A highlight of both our lives, I’m sure. Fair Winds and following seas, Dad. RIP!
Delighted to see that USS Midway is reopening on July 1. READ our post about this amazing and historic aircraft carrier in San Diego:
When taking the tour of the museum, there was a plane that had a penny welded to the front...I can’t find the story of that penny... can anyone help with that?
Found this today. USS Midway, 1949 film. Not to sure what it is all about? (The plane w/ live ordnance being fired upon it?) Really kind of interesting though. (Youtube)
78th Anniversary of the Victory at Midway! 4 to 7 June 1942
I am a member. When do you plan to re-open?
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