Tours & Programs

Chart your group’s course to Alameda and visit the USS Hornet Museum today!

While the Museum is open every day for General Admission, it offers several specialty tour and program options to our visitors, which are listed below.

About General Admission: An audio tour and map of the ship are also included with admission. Visitors can self-tour about 75% of the Museum.

When possible, the Museum offers guided tours of the Engine Room*, Navigation Bridge, and other spaces according to docent availability. If available, visitors may sign up for these tours at the Museum’s Orientation area .

*Due to safety concerns, all visitors in an Engine Room Tour must be at least 48 inches in height.

To Book a Group Tour for 15 or more please click HERE

For more information about Group Tours click HERE

Don’t forget “youth groups” count as school field trips so please click HERE to book a youth tour

*Please note pre-registered tours and school programs will still be available during winter Tuesdays closures

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

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!

*Please note pre-registered tours will still be available during winter Tuesdays closures

Group Tour Info


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.


Behind The Scenes Tours

Explore the ship on one of our exclusive VIP tours and discover what goes on behind the scenes!

*Please note pre-registered tours will still be available during winter Tuesdays closures

Our STEM classes are perfect for all youth groups and classes!

Educational Programming

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.


Overnight Programs

Treat your family, youth group, classroom, or group of friends to the ultimate overnight adventure aboard USS Hornet.


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!

Tour Tips

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 Admiral’s and History Mystery tours so make sure to bring a good one with fresh batteries!

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.