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The History of the USS Midway Museum

San Diego is a military town and there’s no greater way to experience its rich military history than by visiting the popular USS Midway Museum. The USS Midway is a great activity for all ages and is located on the San Diego Bay. This unique San Diego icon is a must see for vacationers and is especially appealing for families looking for a fun and educational experience.

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The USS Midway aircraft carrier was commissioned shortly after the conclusion of World War II in 1945 and was in service through the end of Desert Storm in 1992. The Midway’s 47 year career makes it the longest serving US navy ship. The Midway was decommissioned in San Diego at US Naval Base North Island in April 1992. In September of 2003, the Midway made its way to Washington to be repaired and renovated before coming back to San Diego as a museum. The new floating Midway museum came back to San Diego in January of 2004 and the museum officially opened on June 7, 2004. The USS Midway museum attracts over a million visitors a year making it one of the most visited naval aviation museums in the world.

The USS Midway Museum has 300 parking spaces on pier next to the ship, with additional parking available on the street and nearby lots. In addition to providing an interesting glimpse into its past, the Midway also hosts events, overnight camps and field trips. Admission for the USS Midway Museum is $19 per adult, $15 for students, and $10 for seniors, children and retired military. The cost of admission includes a self guided tour which is narrated by some of the 200,000 former USS Midway sailors.

After an exhausting day of exploring the USS Midway and the other attractions along the San Diego Harbor, visitors can take a quick trip back to the Pacific Inn to relax. The Pacific Inn is a quality, affordable and centrally located and budget hotel near the San Diego Harbor, which provides spacious rooms, free breakfast and parking, and a convenient downtown San Diego location.

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