Tours & Programs
Chart your group’s course to Alameda and visit the ship today! While the Museum is open daily for General Admission it offers several specialty tours to our guests, which are listed below.
About General Admission: The Museum offers complimentary docent-led tours of the Engine Room*, Navigation Bridge, and more according to docent availability. Visitors may sign up for these tours at the Museum’s Orientation area upon arrival. An audio tour and map of the ship are also included with admission. Guests can self-tour about 75% of the Museum. *Due to safety concerns, all guests in an Engine Room Tour must be at least 48 inches in height.
History Mystery Tour
Is USS Hornet really haunted? Come spend an evening with us and find out! Come aboard and learn about Hornet’s more chilling history as you tour the ship after hours.
Groups of 15 or more can make advanced reservations for a Group Tour. Signing up is recommended, as groups save on General Admission and can reserve a private Docent Tour, a ride on the Flight Simulator, and even lunch in our Officer’s Wardroom!
Morning Flashlight Tours
Explore the ship early in the morning to receive a special tour of areas aboard the USS Hornet Museum that have not yet been opened to the public or have limited daytime access.
The goal of each of the Museum’s educational program is to use our unique environment to teach science and history concepts in an interactive and fun manner and each program features a tour and hands-on activities.
Living Ship Day
Witness history come to life! Come aboard as the Museum celebrates anniversaries, commemorates historic events, or delves into fascinating subjects throughout the year!
The Museum offers speakers free to service clubs and other organizations in the extended Bay Area.
The typical speaker is a docent and veteran of US military service. The topics covered in a 30 – 45-minute presentation include: the history of the name Hornet from 1775 to modern times, the World War II exploits of the ship, the Apollo 11 and 12 recoveries, and features of the Museum, including special events and highlighted artifacts.
We have provided speakers to organization such as DAR chapters, Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, church-related groups, veterans organizations, and various SIR chapters. If your organization is interested in booking a speaker, please contact us at: Hornet.firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a great trip and the docents do a fantastic job with the tours while also protecting this important part of our history.
Kent Sherwood- Encore Travelers, Elk Grove, CA