When you visit the USS Hornet Museum you are literally “stepping into history”. This very ship was there at the forefront of WWII in the Pacific where her record of combat accomplishments is legendary. The USS Hornet finished her long career in the news again as she retrieved the Apollo 11 capsule and the astronauts who were the first humans to walk on the surface of the moon.
Onboard the USS Hornet Museum you can tour the many areas of the ship have been fully restored to the condition and appearance that existed at the end of her service life in 1970. A variety of tours are available to help you discover the history and life aboard the USS Hornet.
You can tour much of the ship on your own. An audio tour is available and covers almost 100 spaces, exhibits and aircraft at your own pace. Docent led tours are also available of various locations around the ship.
Throughout the Hangar Bay and up on the flight deck we have over a dozen US Navy aircraft that span the years from WWII to the early years of this century. Some are being restored, several are complete and some are waiting their turn in the restoration process.
A five-minute ride in our Flight Simulator will allow you to sample the thrill of flight and operating off of an aircraft carrier. It is a moving theater — seating a maximum of 15 people at one time.
The whole ship is an exhibit! Many of the living and working compartments within have been restored to their original purpose or turned into special exhibits about military history.
Admission tickets to the Museum may be purchased onboard the ship. Entry from the pier is via the first gangway.
Please note that there is a strict security policy in place regarding back packs and other large bags. If you have a bag larger than 12”X8”X12” you will be asked to return it to your vehicle.
For groups of 15 or more please visit our Group Tour page here
Non-Denominational Services are held each Sunday at 1:00 PM in the Ship's Chapel & Library on the 2nd deck, amidships. Dr. Wallace Whatley, a retired US Navy Chaplain and local resident, replaces the USS Hornet Museums' original chaplain, John Berger who passed away last July. Everyone is invited and welcome. Chapel attendees may board the ship without paying the usual...
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][zozo_vc_section_title text_align="left" title="Overview"]Are the late night stories about the USS Hornet really true? Come spend the night on the Hornet and find out! The Hornet would like to invite you to join us in an evening of after hours investigations onboard the ship. During this event you will learn about the history of Hornet while investigating the ship with...
Morning "Flashlight" Tours Beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard HORNET that have not yet been opened to the public or have limited access during the day: Combat Information Center (CIC) Message Center (Radio Central) Forward Diesel Machine Room Ship’s Main Laundry Special Weapons Storages Brig Catapult Machinery Room Cobbler Shop Dental Spaces Following the guided...