USS Midway Museum Photo Gallery

Aircraft Carrier USS Midway Museum Panorama

So Much to See on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

We enjoyed our family day at the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum which is the located in Downtown San Diego. The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier was in service from 1945 to 1992 making it one of the longest serving carriers in U.S. history. The carrier was docked at Navy Pier and opened as a museum in 2004, making it one of five aircraft carrier museums in the United States. We recommend visiting the USS Midway Museum for a fun and educational day for you and the kids. Below are photos of some of the sights you will see when exploring the ship and its various aircraft.

USS Midway CV-41 Aircraft Carrier

Port side view of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier

A good look at the USS Midway’s port side, seen here from the walkway behind the carrier. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum Port Side View

You can see the planes on the flight deck and the carrier elevator is now used as an outdoor dining area. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Stern to bow view of the USS Midway Museum

At over 950 feet long the USS Midway is an impressive sight. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Unconditional Surrender statue and the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier

The Unconditional Surrender statue at Tuna Harbor Park with the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier in the background. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Aerial View of USS Midway Museum

A good aerial view of the USS Midway, Navy Pier and Tuna Harbor Park. | Courtesy of USS Midway Museum

The bridge of the USS Midway Museum

Visitors waiting in line for a tour of the bridge of the USS Midway. It is a good idea to get in line as soon as you board the carrier as the line gets longer throughout the day. Small children are not allowed as there are steep stairs to climb on this guided tour. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

The Bridge of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

A view of the bridge from the flight deck. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Aircraft Aboard the USS Midway

Douglas SBD Dauntless

The Douglas SBD Dauntless was used as a scout plane as well as a dive bomber. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

F4F Wildcat Fighter Plane

The Grumman F4F Wildcat was a fighter plane during World War II. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Douglas A1 Skyraider

The Douglas A1 Skyraider attack plane. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Grumman TBF Avenger Torpedo Bomber

The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber saw service from the 1940’s to 1960’s. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Grumman F9F-8P Cougar

The Grumman F9F-8P Cougar fighter aircraft. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Grumman A-6 Intruder Attack Aircraft

The Grumman A-6 Intruder attack aircraft with the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier bridge in the background. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Douglas EKA-3 Skywarrior

The Douglas EKA-3 Skywarrior was used for electronic warfare and as a tanker. It had a long military service that started in the 1950’s and lasted to the early 1990’s. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a supersonic fighter or fighter-bomber that was in service from the 60's to the 90's. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a supersonic fighter or fighter-bomber that was in service from the 60’s to the 90’s. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye

The Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is an early warning aircraft. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

The Sikorsky H-60 Seahawk is a multi-purpose helicopter that can perform many different mission types like medical evacuations, search and rescue and warfare missions. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

The Sikorsky H-60 Seahawk is a multi-purpose helicopter that can perform many different mission types like medical evacuations, search and rescue and warfare missions. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

The  CH-46 Sea Knight is a twin rotor helicopter used for troop transport and cargo resupply. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

The CH-46 Sea Knight is a twin rotor helicopter used for troop transport and cargo resupply. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Midway’s City at Sea

USS Midway Museum Chow Line

This is one of the chow lines on the USS Midway Museum that sailors went through to get their meals. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Midway Galley

This is one of the galleys that prepared the 13,500 daily meals aboard the USS Midway. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Barber shop of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier

The barber shop of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Machine and metal workshop

This room is the machine and metal workshop. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Midway Chapel

The USS Midway Chapel was used to hold multi-denominational religious services. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Midway's Radio Messaging Processing Center

This is the USS Midway’s Radio Messaging Processing Center room. | photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Midway executive officers living quarters

Here are the “swanky” living quarters for executive officers. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Midway Museum Captains Kitchen

This smaller kitchen is used to prepare meals for the ship captains. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Miscellaneous Sights on the USS Midway Museum

Aircraft Carrier Models

Two models show the differences of the first and current aircraft carriers. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

A plaque of commanding officers of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier

A plaque commemorating 40 of the commanding officers of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Presentation silver of the USS Toledo

This is the presentation silver of the USS Toledo. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

1st Class Pharmacist Dress White Jumper

A 1st Class Pharmacist Dress White Jumper. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Midway Museum Life Raft Pod

USS Midway life raft pod that contains a life raft, food, water and a first aid kit. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Madi in the cockpit of a T-2 Buckeye

Madi in the cockpit of a T-2 Buckeye on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Laura and Madi stand on the Flight Deck Horns of the USS Midway

Laura and Madi were brave enough to stand on the Flight Deck Horns which hang over the bow of the USS Midway. I was not so brave and “volunteered” to take the photo. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carriers

Across the bay you could see the USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carriers docked in the San Diego Bay. | Photo by FamilyVacationHub

Read the details, get our tips and see more photos of our family day aboard the USS Midway Museum. See our San Diego Tourist Map with Points of Interest for directions to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and more family attractions around the city. For more information on the USS Midway and to buy tickets, visit the USS Midway website.


We were provided a media pass for the purpose of covering this place on our blog. Regardless, we would only recommend places, activities or services that we would use/visit personally and that we believe will be good for our readers.

About Joe Filipowicz

I have a passion for finding fun things to do, good restaurants and places to stay while traveling with my family and friends. Since it takes a lot of research and exploration to find these family friendly places, I wanted to share my findings with others to make it easier for them to plan their next getaway.

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