The USS Hornet has helped build the history of the United States. Chart your group’s course to Alameda and visit the ship today! While the ship is open during the day for General Admission, the Museum offers several specialty tours to our guests.
Group Tours are for groups of 15 or more visiting during normal hours of operation. Visitors who make an advanced reservation for a Group Tour will receive a discount at admission but will otherwise get all the benefits of a daytime guest! Daytime visits are mostly self-guided with docents stationed in the Hangar Bay and Flight Deck to answer questions. Following a brief safety orientation, visitors are free to explore the many passageways, compartments, and decks of this historic ship.
Group Tour Add-Ons
Enhance your group’s experience by selecting any of the following options on your reservation form:
- Guided Tours
Many of our Docents are veterans of the USS Hornet or other aircraft carriers. Let them escort your group throughout the ship and share their personal stories. $30.00/hr per docent, minimum 2 hours (1 docent suggested for every 20 people)
- Flight Simulator Rides
Experience the thrill of being launched from the Flight Deck of an aircraft carrier in an F/A-18 jet fighter on a desert strike assignment with our 15 seat Flight Simulator. Special group rate $4.50/person per ride with advance reservation
- Lunch in the Officers’ Mess
Eat lunch in Hornet’s Officers’ Mess! With advance reservations, catered lunches are provided in an Officers’ Mess with a one-hour room reservation. Please refer to lunch order form for options and to place orders. Prices vary. Lunch orders must be submitted one week in advance of your visit and are non-refundable.
The basic tour is called “Tour at Sea” and the average time for this program is 2 hours. You may add a private docent to your tour and the rate for the docent is $60.00 per docent and the ratio is 1:25.
The ship opens at 10:00 am and shuts at 5 pm. After your guided tour you are welcome to stay as late as you want.
New Security Policy
Please Note: All backpacks are subject to search by our Security Team.
To add the Flight Simulator to your tour it is an additional group rate of $4.50 per head.
Explore the ship early in the morning to beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard the USS Hornet Museum that have not yet been opened to the public or have limited daytime access. This includes areas such as Combat Information Center (CIC), the Brig, and Message Center (Radio Central). Flashlights are required when going into these hidden spaces since we have dark rooms even during the daytime! Following the guided tour, which lasts for approximately 3 hours, guests are invited to explore the rest of the museum on their own when the tour ends. Tour participants must be at least 13 years old.
To reserve a Group Tour, please download a reservation form (.pdf). After completing your Reservation Form, you will receive a tour invoice via email and will be asked to download the following Tour Tips & Safety Rules (.pdf), also found on your Reservation Form, to share with your group.
Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Come spend an evening with us and find out! Come aboard and learn about the Hornet’s more chilling history as you tour the ship after hours. This is your chance for an exclusive, after-hours tour of the ship! Traverse the decks in small groups while investigating our most well-known “paranormal hot-spots.” During our History Mystery tour, you will learn the history of the Hornet while investigating the ship with one of our experienced crew members in the dead of night.
Your behind the scenes tour includes areas aboard the ship that have not yet been opened to the public, virtually untouched since the ship’s decommissioning over forty years ago, as well as other eerie spaces that have been reported to host unseen visitors. Tour participants must be at least 13 years old.
History Mystery Overnight
For those who want more time to get better acquainted with the ship’s secrets, we offer an overnight version of the History Mystery tour. Sleep where the crew slept–and perhaps still sleep–eat where they ate, and investigate with us from 6:00 pm to 9:00 am the next morning. All overnight guests must be at least 18 years old and we ask that all reservations be made in advance. Preregistration is required.
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