Tours & Programs

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 Museum is open during the day for General Admission it offers several specialty tours to our guests.

Please Note: For groups under 15 no advanced reservation is necessary, unless you are reserving a private docent to enhance your visit to the Museum.

About General Admission: The Museum offers complimentary daily docent led tours of the Engine Room* and Navigation Bridge/Flight Deck from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Visitors may sign up for these tours at our Docent Orientation area upon arrival. Also included in your admission is an audio tour and a map of the ship. Guests can self-tour about 75% of the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum. *Due to safety concerns, all guests in an Engine Room Tour must be at least 48 inches in height.

General Admission Tickets

Below is more information about Group and Specialty Tours available

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


Group Tours

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.


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.

Morning Flashlight Tours

Explore the ship early in the morning to 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.


ParaCon 2017

Join us on August 12th, 2017 for the 5th annual USS Hornet Grey Ghost Paranormal Conference.  The USS Hornet Museum, in cooperation with Alameda Paranormal Researchers, will host a paranormal conference featuring some of the most well respected names in the field.


History Mystery Tour

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.


Living Ship Day

Witness history come to life! Come aboard for Living Ship Day, a special historical lecture series.

Tour Tips

Arrive Early

Allow at least 2 to 3 hours for your visit—there is a lot to see aboard our Museum! We recommend arriving by 2:00 pm to sign up for docent tours that take you to areas such as the Engine Room and Captain’s Bridge. Please be aware that some spaces, such as our Engine Room, are more difficult to access and due to safety concerns those tours have size and height restrictions.

Maps & Audio

The ship is mostly self-guided. A tour map is available at the Admissions Desk. Audio tours are also available or additional purchase and contain hours of additional information from men who served aboard aircraft carriers!


Talk to the many volunteers throughout the Museum! Our docents have a wealth of information and our volunteer restoration crew are always

Adult Supervision

Children must be with an adult at all times as our ship is large with many compartments and passages.


Cameras are welcome but must have neck or wrist strap. Photography is allowed throughout the ship though the Museum does not allow professional equipment without advanced reservations through our Event Inquiry Form.


Flashlights are required for the Flashlight and History Mystery tours so make sure to bring a good one!

Dress Comfortably

Wear comfortable, closed-toes walking shoes due to the ambulatory nature of the tour. Consider layers as some parts of the ship can be cold regardless of weather.


Our ladders are steep going between decks so for your safety we ask you not to bring aboard bags that exceed 12 x 8 x 12 inches. We recommend that all oversize bags remain in your vehicle, though lockers are available for rent at the Admissions Desk.