Help our museum introduce new exhibits or upgrade existing ones. Much of what we have were created by the dedication and donations of our staff and volunteers. However, our funds and resources are limited, which slows down what we hope to accomplish in our mission: to honor, educate, and inspire children and the general public. Custom sponsorships are available.
Featured Exhibit: Mars Rover
The USS Hornet Museum has new exhibits from time to time. Our newest exhibit is the Mars Rover exhibit, created in conjunction with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories. The rovers reached Mars in 2003 and are still sending photos and data back to Earth in our search for evidence of water. Our full-size replica of the twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, represent the most successful interplanetary exploration effort to date. See the press release.
||Virgin Galactic is our Title Sponsor. They are the world’s first spaceline, was established by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to undertake the challenge of making private space travel available to everyone. www.virgingalactic.com
||Fentons Creamery is an in-kind sponsor. Founded in Oakland in
1894, Fentons Creamery is a landmark institution that has served
generations its famous handcrafted ice creams and sauces.
- Hornets Before Wings (Officers’ Wardroom Lounge). Traces the legacy of the ships named HORNET since the Revolutionary War.
- Black Aces Ready Room (Ready Room 2). Recreation of the VFA-41 Ready Room in use onboard USS Nimitz.
- Hornet in the Pacific, WWII (Ready Room 3). Chronicles the USS Hornet's role in the Pacific during WW II. At war’s end, the USS Hornet had destroyed 1,410 enemy aircraft and earned a Presidential Unit Citation, becoming one of the most decorated ships in naval history.
- Fighter and Attack Aircraft (Ready Room 4). Displays Ready Room photos from WWII to present.
- Raymond J. Vyeda Memorial Room (Officer’s Stateroom, Second Deck). Memorabilia of a CVA-12 crewmember and his shipmates.
- Apollo Splashdown (Jet Engine Repair Shop, Hangar Deck). Memorabilia and photos from the Apollo 11 and 12 recoveries.
- 442 Regimental Combat Team (Gallery Deck, Hangar Bay 3). Honors the contributions made by Nisei soldiers during WWII. The main focus is on the 20,000-plus Japanese-Americans who served in the 442 Regimental Combat Team in Europe and the 6,000 men who served in the Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific.
- WAVES & Women in the Sea Service (Second Deck, Portside)
EXISTING EXHIBIT SERIES
For more information on sponsoring an exhibit, please contact:
Randall Ramian, CEO at (510) 521-8448 x 212 or