Plan Your Visit
Explore what the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum has to offer.
Examine items from the Museum’s collection of over 10,000 artifacts and learn about our Oral History program and on-site Research Library.
Blue Jacket Training Family Activity Room
For families with children or for those young at heart, we invite you to visit our Blue Jacket Training Room and learn how to be a sailor! Take a moment to relax with cartoons, books, dress-up area, knot tying, and even learning about the power of pulleys and magnetism!
Experience piloting a fighter jet through intense missions. Additional ticket required.
Admission includes access to guided tours from our knowledgeable docents. Explore sections of the ship such as the Island, Brig, and Engineering Spaces only available on guided tours. Availability of guided tours is dependent on the number of docents aboard.
If you are searching for a truly unique experience for you, your friends, family, or group, the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet is your ideal destination. The aircraft carrier USS Hornet is both a national and state historic landmark, its role in naval aviation history, the defense of our country, the Apollo Space Program are all on display here at the museum. Plan your group’s adventure to Alameda and step into history today!
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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 and cannot be applied to group tours, programs, or events. The Museum is also not able to redeem them for cash or credit.
*Group rates are available for 15 or more people with advance reservation. To make a reservation, please visit our Specialty Tours page.
The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum has a Flight Simulator that can give guests of all ages the feeling of flying with Navy pilots. The simulator can hold up to 15 guests at one time. Tickets can be purchased both at the Admissions Desk and Ship’s Store. Hours of operation vary and can be requested during your visit at the Admissions Desk and Ship’s Store.
Our ship is a designated National and State Historic Landmark and the majority of our spaces are accessible only by steep stairs. We do, however, have accommodations for the mobility impaired to create a memorable Museum visit.
Handicap parking is available both at the entrance of the pier and on the pier. A “scissor” lift is available to get a mobility impaired guest from the pier to the Hangar Deck for them and an escort. Use of the scissor lift can be requested upon arrival by contacting the Security Desk at (510) 521-8448 ext. 226.
The Hangar Deck is equipped with loaner wheelchairs, accessible restrooms, and several exhibits and aircraft displays. Once aboard, guests can also request a virtual tour spaces of inaccessible spaces at the Admissions Desk.
To fully enjoy your visit on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, we have provided a few tips and safety guidelines:
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. Arrive no later than 2:00pm to sign up for the engine room and other docent-led tours. Some areas of the ship start closing at 3:00pm.
DISCOUNTED GENERAL ADMISSION DEAL COUPONS [such as Groupon, etc] are valid ONLY for general admission (excluding Federal holidays) to the Museum during regular museum hours, 10:00am-5:00pm. They cannot be used as payment for any group or individual tour, any overnight experience, or any special event (public or private) or program that is available for purchase on the USS Hornet Museum.
Any requests for a coupon refund must be made directly to the organization who issued the coupon and from whom you purchased it. Coupons are NOT redeemable for cash nor credit at the museum.
All Bags larger than 12” x 8” x 12” are NOT permitted
For your safety and the security of the Museum, ALL BAGS larger than 12” x 8” x 12” are NOT permitted. This includes backpacks, camera bags, tote bags, diaper bags, ladies purses, etc.
Visitors will be asked to return backpacks and large bags to their vehicle. To accommodate visitors arriving by public transportation, there is a limited supply of rentable lockers. 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 is available at the admissions desk and docents are available throughout the ship to answer questions and lead special tours.
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.
Size & Height Restrictions
Engine Room, Fire Room and CIC: 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.
Cameras are Welcome
Cameras are welcome for personal use only (see filming guidelines for commercial use). Keep you and your camera safe by using the neck strap or wrist strap while exploring the ship.
There is a Flight Simulator aboard the USS Hornet Museum. It operates on a regular basis three times a day: 11:00am–11:30am, 1:00pm–1:30pm, and 3:00pm–3:30pm. The cost is $6.00 per person for the 5-minute ride.
NOTE: The Flight Simulator is closed once a week for regular maintenance (usually on Tuesday afternoon during our slowest day of the week). Occasionally, there are other causes for its closure, and we are sorry if visitors miss this feature. Please consider it a good reason to look forward to a return visit!
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 week days. We do not guarantee that there will be Docents available to take you on a tour. The audio tour playback device is always available for a $5 charge.
Prices and programs subject to change without notice.