Youth and Education
The goal of each HORNET educational program is to use the unique, stimulating environment of this historic aircraft carrier to teach science and history concepts in an interesting, interactive, fun manner. Each program features a theme-based tour of the ship with hands-on activities. For the maximum experience of what the Hornet Museum offers try one of the overnight stays.
Please note: Homeschools & Scout Groups Qualify for Field Trip Rates
Questions: Contact: EDU@USS-Hornet.org
The Hornet creates a great reference for my students to understand how the science, math, and engineering they are learning are applied in real life! – Nathan Haley, Stockton CA
Spend the Night on the Grey Ghost
Treat your family, youth group, or group of friends to the ultimate overnight adventure on the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Surrounded by vintage and modern aircraft, children and adults experience what it was like to live aboard a floating city. Explore the decks of this famous World War II ship from the Captain’s bridge to its Sickbay as you walk in the footsteps of astronauts and heroes. Hornet is the ship that proudly recovered the first men to walk on the moon, the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts.
Family & Small Group Live-Aboard
Museum Members: $75/person
Non Members: $100/person
Treat the entire family to the ultimate overnight adventure on the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Surrounded by vintage and modern aircraft, children and adults experience what it was like to live aboard a floating city.
Explore the decks of this famous World War II ship from the Captain’s Bridge to our Sickbay as you walk in the footsteps of astronauts and heroes aboard the ship that proudly recovered the first men to walk on the Moon, the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts.
Youth Group Live-Aboard
We offer the ultimate overnight experience for Scouts, Youth Groups, and Schools! The ship can sleep 500+ guests in a single night and we accept groups of all sizes!
Spend the night on the USS Hornet as a junior crewmembers and experience the adventure of a lifetime as you explore the ship throughout the evening!
Our program offers discounts for schools and verified youth group non-profits and have tiered pricing available within those discounts to make weekday bookings more affordable for school groups who might consider tying our overnight program with one of our daytime Educational Tours.
Adult Group Live-Aboard
Our overnights are great for adult groups as well! Experience a night of a crewman on the USS Hornet and explore the ship with our expert guides as you see what life was like on board our historic carrier. Explore the decks of this famous World War II ship from the Captain’s Bridge to our Sickbay as you walk in the footsteps of astronauts and heroes aboard the ship that proudly recovered the first men to walk on the Moon, the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts.
Can you provide for dietary restrictions?
The caterer for our overnight program can provide vegetarian meals (which we ask our groups to make note of on their roster). We recommend that any people with food allergies, who are gluten-free, or who are lactose intolerant, or require otherwise specialized meals bring their own dinner and breakfast. We have a refrigerator and microwave that can be made available during meal times.
What are the sleeping compartments like?
Our overnight guests get the unique opportunity to sleep in our ship’s original enlisted sleeping compartments! This does mean that it will be very much like group camping in one large room and individual family groups will share a single compartment, though there will be room to spread out.
What do we need to bring?
When you make your deposit, you will receive our General Information Packet (.pdf) which includes a list of items to bring. The most important things to pack, however, are: sleeping bag, pillow, good walking shoes, a water bottle, flashlight, and jacket. Please do not bring any unnecessary electronic items, anything flammable, or any weapons.
Is it alright if some members of our group arrive late/leave early?
Yes! We just ask that your group leader is alerted to all people who need to arrive late or leave early and that this information is relayed to the staff member assigned to your group! We have a Security Desk stationed at the top of the ship’s 2nd gangway who will monitor the door for the duration of the event and make it available to guests as needed.
Can you provide a merit badge workshop for my Boy Scout troop?
Potentially. Our Education Department’s STEM team is currently working on becoming certified BSA instructors. At the moment, they may be able to provide Aviation and Space Exploration merit badge workshops upon advance request but will otherwise be posting workshop information later in the year on our Upcoming Events Calendar page.
To Book a Date
Take a look at our Upcoming Events Calendar! Find a date that your group qualifies for, or a few dates in case the date sells out before your application goes through, and list it on your application.