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USS Midway Museum

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USS Midway Museum - historic floating museum and national landmark, this famous aircraft carrier is docked in San Diego Harbor and regularly hosts overnight scout and family campouts. Many exhibits help visitors explore the development of science and technology in the military during the 20th Century. Explore aviation, citizenship and engineering activities onboard.

Musuem Overview

This maritime museum is located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway (CV-41). The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California.

The USS Midway was America's longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, from 1945 to 1992. Approximately 200,000 sailors served aboard the carrier, known for several naval aviation breakthroughs as well as several humanitarian missions. It was the only carrier to serve the entire length of the Cold War and beyond. It is now berthed in San Diego, the original home of the Navy's TOPGUN fighter school.

Midway opened as a museum on 7 June 2004. By 2012 annual visitation exceeded 1 million visitors. As of 2015 Midway is the most popular naval warship museum in the United States.[4] The museum has over 13,000 members, and hosts more than 700 events a year, including more than 400 active-duty Navy retirements, re-enlistments, and changes of command. The museum also hosts approximately 50,000 students on field trips and 5,000 children in its overnight program annually.

Scout Activities Onboard

Youth Group Overnight Program

Imagine spending the night on the longest-serving aircraft carrier in Navy history! Organized youth groups have that opportunity! Deployment aboard the Midway includes:

  • Eat in the galley & sleep in the enlisted crew berths!
  • Explore the flight deck under the stars!
  • Learn how to fly in Midway's Flight Academy!
  • Behind the scenes tours & experience Midway Magic!


BSA Aviation & Radio Merit Badge

Complete your Boy Scout Aviation & Radio Merit Badge requirements aboard the USS Midway Museum in one day. Get a true, hands on experience!

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