Corporate Events

Ship Rentals for Corporate Events

An Unforgettable Event Venue!

Need a unique venue for 30 or 3,000? Hold your next event on board the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet—an American treasure that participated in the Apollo 11 space mission.The USS Hornet Museum has a variety of spaces that are perfect for meetings, banquets, tradeshows, product launches, and team-building activities.

Located only 20 minutes from San Francisco by ferry or coach, the USS Hornet offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge. Exhibits include vintage aircraft and theWest Coast’s largest display of Apollo moon artifacts. Events are also enhanced with ship tours, flight simulator rides and interactive activities.

Our one-of-a-kind venue delivers events that are memorable and unique:

• Intimate dinner for 50 on the fantail with bay and city views
• Elegant cocktail reception for 2,000 among vintage airplanes and space artifacts
• Flight deck concert for 3,000 with the San Francisco skyline as your backdrop
• Corporate team-building exercises
• Bustling exposition on the hangar deck
• Executive meeting in Hangar Bay 3

Smaller rooms one deck below are available for more intimate banquets and parties. We also provide complimentary parking for over 750 vehicles.

Whatever your needs, we are dedicated to providing quality services to ensure that your event is an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.

For more information or to make arrangements for a site visit, contact our Events Department. We’d be pleased to introduce you to this historic ship.

Phone: (510) 521-8448 x211
Fax: (510) 521-8457


The USS HORNET can provide many options -- from the massive hangar bays that provide large floating party rooms to the intimate setting of the officers' wardroom. After stepping onto the footsteps of the Apollo 11 astronauts, guests can also enjoy an unforgettable view of the San Francisco skyline, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay.

To enhance your event, we offer the following options:

Docent Guides - Expert tour guides can lead groups to the Captain's bridge, Medical Spaces, gun mounts, Engine Room, and many other interesting areas of the ship. General, overall tours last approximately 60-80 minutes. Shorter tours to specific areas last approximately 20 minutes.

Flight Simulator - A 12-seat simulator is available for your event and a block of time can be arranged for your group. Fly off the deck of an aircraft carrier in an F/A-18 jet fighter on a desert strike assignment or with the Blue Angels . It's unique and definitely a show-stopper.

Singing Blue Stars - Enjoy swing-style harmony made popular by 1940’s female vocal groups such as the Andrews Sisters. This group of talented ladies dressed in period attire is perfect for receptions or seated entertainment.

Guest Speakers - Arrangements can be made for retired USS HORNET officers and former crew to speak at your event. Hear how the hurricane destroyed HORNET's flight deck and how this led the Navy to create the first hurricane bow - now a structural part of every aircraft carrier. Get the inside scoop on history!

Elevator Lift to the Flight Deck - Give your guests a dramatic lift to HORNET’s flight deck in the largest elevator they have ever seen! Designed to move helicopters and planes, our lift will hold 250 of your guests.

Interactive Games and Team Building - Total Adventures is the exclusive team-building and interactive game company for the USS HORNET. The ship makes for a unique and memorable venue for custom-designed, whimsical programs. Whether rescuing the Apollo 11 capsule and astronauts from a giant man-eating shark or playing an interactive game show based on HORNET Trivia, Total Adventure's meeting-enhancement exercises are the antidote to a boring event! Imagine launching rockets from the stern of HORNET, with the San Francisco skyline in the background.

Air Show - An air show specialized for your event only! Make it big or small - the sky is the limit! Gordon Bowman-Jones is one of the most experienced and professional voices in the air show business. Regular air show visitors recognize his familiar "Aussie" accent from any of the hundreds of air shows that he has narrated all over the world. He not only announces, but he is an excellent air show coordinator too.

Pyrotechnic Displays - Depending upon the time of the year, fireworks over the Bay with a fantastic view from the flight deck can be arranged by Da Vinci FUSION.

Ferry Service and Other Transportation - Your group can travel to the USS HORNET via chartered ferry or bus. If you are driving, there is plenty of free parking at the HORNET's pier. No matter how you arrive, we can put out the "red carpet" for your guests.

Specialty Items - USS HORNET souvenirs can be purchased for your guests. Mugs, caps, emblems, and HORNET dog tags are some of the items available. A photographer can also be arranged for instant images the night of the event -- a brand new process with quality digital photos.

Got an idea? - Let us know. We have lots of space and can be creative to fit your specific needs.

Our experienced Events Department staff are available to assist you in planning your special event:

(510) 521-8448 x211

Preferred Caterers & Vendors

ACHF Preferred Vendors are recommended to help insure that events held on the premises will be a positive experience. Working with an ACHF Preferred Vendor will assure the client of receiving the highest quality of food and/or service. It will further insure the success of the event by providing a vendor familiar with the museum's facilities and the required procedures and policies necessary to assist its staff and protect this historical ship and her valuable artifacts.

Selection of ACHF Preferred Vendors is based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of food, presentation, and service.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing small and large groups in a museum or other cultural facility.
  • Respect for the museum's mission of preserving the ship and its historical artifacts.
  • Willingness to establish and maintain a courteous, cooperative, and flexible relationship with the client and museum staff.
  • Adherence to all ACHF (Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation) event policies and procedures including the responsible operation, care, and cleanup of any ACHF equipment or property.
  • Compliance with all regulatory code including Health Department certificates, business licenses, and certificates of insurance.
Preferred Caterers
Englund’s Catering
Derry Englund, Owner
4061 Port Charles Hwy, Suite J
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 609-5989
Global Gourmet
Raquel Esparz
1030 Illinois St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 701-0001
Elaine Bell Catering Co.
Pattie Lucero, General Mgr.
776 Technology Way
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 603-1400
Grand Catering
Frank Krauland, President
845 Central Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 865-3131
Lucas Schoemaker, President
350 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 552-8550
Miraglia Catering
Mike Miraglia, President
2094 Burroughs Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 483-5210
Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Paula LeDuc, Owner
1350 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 547-7825
Pacific Fine Food
Kelley Kearny
2480 Monarch St.
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-9604
Checkers Catering
Fred Kotrozo
83 Wright Brothers Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 457-5947
Melons Catering
Ann Lyons, Owner
3963 Callan Boulevard
S San Francisco, CA 94080-5130

49 Square Catering
Elaine Herman
Dir. Sales & Marketing
17610 Cesar Chavez St.
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 834-5348

Knights Catering
Maureen Kelly, Owner
255 Mendell Street
San Francisco, CA 94124-1709
(415) 920-3663
Preferred Beverage Company
Best Beverage Catering
Suzanne Kavert
485 Valley Drive, Suite A
Brisbane, CA 94005
(415) 642-2410 x 107
Preferred Production Company
DaVinci Fusion
Bob Walker, Vice President
1077 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-1000
Preferred Hotels
Homewood Suites by Hilton
1103 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 663-2700
Waterfront Plaza
Jack London Square

10 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 836-3800
Hawthorn Suites Ltd.
1628 Webster Street
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-1000
Executive Inn & Suites
1755 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA
(510) 536-6633

Policies and Procedures

The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation (ACHF) is committed to making designated spaces of the USS Hornet available for reasonable private use by corporations, associations, and organizations on a space-available basis both during and after public hours.

Event Approval: The mission of ACHF is to preserve and protect the USS Hornet and her artifacts. Events will not be allowed if, in the judgment of ACHF, they present risk of damage to the ship, are incompatible with museum objectives, or reflect poorly on the museum. All Sponsors and guests of the USS Hornet are asked to respect all rules and regulations.

Base Rates: Variable - dependent on the size and location within the ship of the area requested - call for specifics.

Regular Hours: Rates quoted are daily (8am – 5pm) or evening (5pm – 11pm) Any arrangements for activity beyond regular hours shall be subject to overtime rates as negotiated with the ACHF.

Capacity: Sponsor shall not sell or distribute tickets, passes, or invitations in excess of the designated capacity of the facilities to be used.

Insurance Requirements: Users of the USS HORNET are required to furnish a "Certificate of Insurance" for comprehensive general liability coverage with a minimum coverage not less than $1,000,000 for personal injury and property damage. “Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation” must be named as an additional insured.

Equipment and Services Not Included in Base Rate: For specific A/V production equipment, electrical, catering, beverage, teleconference services, setup/strike labor and other services that are not included in the basic facility setup, contact the Events Department for assistance.

For more information call (510) 521-8448 x211 or email

Copyright ©1999-2013 USS Hornet Museum - The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation is a 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation - Contributions are tax-deductible.