Admission includes access to guided tours from our knowledgeable docents and an audio tour.
Tips and guidelines to fully enjoy your visit aboard USS Hornet:
Allow at least 2 to 3 hours for your visit
Allow at least 2 to 3 hours for your visit — there is a lot to see on the ship and more spaces are opened every month. Some areas of the ship start closing by 3 PM, so we recommend arriving no later than 2 PM for the engine room and other docent-led tours.
Please do not bring permanent markers, aerosol cans, or oversize bags
Please do not bring permanent markers or aerosol cans aboard the Museum.
Additionally, our hatches between decks can be narrow at times. For your safety and the security of the Museum, upon arrival Security will ask that all bags larger than 12” x 8” x 12” are either returned to your car or kept in a rentable locker by Admissions for a small rental fee. This includes backpacks, camera bags, tote bags, diaper bags, ladies purses, etc.
Please note: for safety reasons, backpack-style infant carriers are also not permitted.
The ship is mostly self-guided
The ship is mostly self-guided. A tour map and audio tour is available at the admissions desk and you can inquire about docent-led tours at Orientation.
There is plenty of free parking across the street
There is plenty of free parking across the street. Spaces are available for buses and RVs. Please, no vehicles on the pier.
Children must be with an adult at all times
Children must be with an adult at all times. It is a large ship and there are many passages.
Pets and other animals are not allowed on the ship
Pets and other animals are not allowed on the ship. Please call (510) 521-8448 x 266 in advance if you plan to bring a guide dog aboard.
Wheelchair and stroller accessibility is extremely limited
Due to the historic nature of the ship, wheelchair and stroller accessibility is extremely limited. A virtual tour is available for viewing on the Hangar Deck; ask the orientation docent for assistance. For more information, please see our Accessibility Information page.
Size & Height Restrictions
Due to safety concerns, Engine Room, Fire Room and CIC tours are limited in size and visitor height. Our guideline is to allow adults and children taller than 48 inches to go on the tour. This is due mainly to the steep ladders (stairs) and narrow walkways that can prove challenging to most. Our Flight Simulator also has a height restriction of 38″.
Cameras are Welcome
Cameras are welcome, but we ask that photographs are taken for personal use only. Keep you and your camera safe by using the neck strap or wrist strap while exploring the ship.
For commercial or professional photographs, photoshoots, or filming, please contact Private Events.
Talk to Volunteers on Ship
Talk to the many volunteers aboard the ship! They are great about sharing information about the ship, the restoration process, and their own experiences in the service. Many of our volunteers are veterans.
Our Docents are unpaid volunteers. They tend to leave the ship early on weekdays. We can not guarantee that there will always be Docents available to take you on a tour. Audio tour devices are always available at Admissions.
Parking is free and plentiful adjacent to the Museum’s pier.
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Note: Unaccompanied Youths must be at least 16 years of age. Identification as proof of age may be required.
Discounts and Coupons: Any discounted General Admission deals are valid only for general admission to the Museum during regular museum hours, from 10 AM – 5 PM, and cannot be applied to group tours, programs, or events. The Museum is also not able to redeem them for cash or credit. Any requests for a coupon refund must be made directly to the organization who issued the coupon and from whom you purchased it.
*Group rates are available for 15 or more people with advance reservation. To make a reservation, please visit our Specialty Tours page.