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.


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!

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.

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.


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!


Overnight Programs

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

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.

Community Outreach


Speakers’ Bureau

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.speakers@gmail.com

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