The Museum features two rotating galleries, one on the Hangar Deck and the other located on the 2nd Deck. We encourage you to return often to see our new, highlighted topics!
This exhibit tells the story of the history of the life preserver, how sailors were trained to fight fires on the carriers, and how the ship and NASA had to prepare for the possibility of lunar microbes infecting the planet after the recovery of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts! Come see artifacts and items of interest all related to improving safety for everyone on board the ship!
Spotlights on the Doolittle Raid
On April 18th, 1942, 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers launched from USS Hornet to bomb strategic military points in Japan, the first offensive strike after Pearl Harbor. The exhibit spotlights lesser-known stories of the Doolittle Raid such as changes made to the B-25s for the mission, the pilots who flew the bombers, the pilot who rescued Doolittle and several other Raiders from the Japanese, and the Chinese who safely curried the Raiders across China.
Exhibits range from the ship’s Sickbay to Boiler Room, her Brig to Combat Information Center. Many spaces are available for self and guided tours so that you can learn about how the crew worked and lived while aboard!
The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum strives to make the aircraft carrier as original as possible to its time in service. We have a team of dedicated and talented volunteers that strive to restore each area to the finest of detail. Currently the ships second deck has a majority of the spaces (rooms) restored. There are also several major areas of the third deck that also restored and available for Docent led tours.
The Museum has permanent exhibitions throughout the ship for you and your family to enjoy. They pertain to a certain parts of the United States Navy history and tell great stories of honor and bravery.
Visit our Hangar and Flight Decks and explore our growing collection of over 15 historic aircraft. The majority of these aircraft would have flown off of USS Hornet during her career, but all were important to the history and evolution of naval aviation!