Come aboard and experience a night in the life of a sailor on a WWII aircraft carrier! We offer the ultimate overnight experience for scouts, youth groups, friends, and families!
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- Sleep in restored berthing compartments where the real Hornet crew lived
- Enjoy dinner and breakfast in the Crew’s Mess
- Learn about this famous aircraft carrier’s daring exploits
- Explore the key areas in the ship and the historical naval aircraft on board
- Learn about NASA’s Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 space missions that put the first humans on the Moon
- Ride the Flight Simulator – experience what it’s like to catapult and fly from the carrier
- Earn a special crew member patch & certificate!
- Ample Free Parking
The Live-Aboard Program is available to any organized youth group (scouts, schools, churches, etc.) or family. There is a 30-person minimum if you book on a night that does not already have multiple bookings. All participants must be at least 5 years of age.
All groups must provide a tour permit or proof of insurance that names the AIRCRAFT CARRIER HORNET FOUNDATION as an additional insured . Siblings, friends, or other guest are welcome provided they are also covered by the group’s insurance.
We offer a tiered rate for organized youth groups (see above for details). This price includes dinner and breakfast in the original crew’s mess hall, personalized tours, a ride in the flight simulator, a commemorative patch and certificate, and coupon for a future visit! A deposit of $10 per person is required to secure a date for your group and will be applied toward the total cost.
Adult Leader/Camper Ratio
A minimum of one adult leader is required for every 6 youth guests (groups with children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult at a 1:1 ratio). Children must be supervised at all times. Be prepared to organize into parent/youth teams for crew assignments.
Sleeping Areas and other Facilities
Each group is assigned bunks in the ship’s berthing compartments. You will probably share the compartment with another group. Female guests may choose to sleep in a separate compartment. Please make your group aware they may experience normal ship noises, such as creaks and groans during the night.
Equipment to Bring
The berthing compartments are equipped with canvas covered “racks” with foam mattresses. Each person should bring a pillow, sleeping bag, and extra blanket in cold weather, toiletries, hand towel, flashlight, a jacket, and a warm hat in cold weather. Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms.
Please Do Not Bring
Please do not bring any electronic devices including hairdryers; laser pointers; knives; open flame devices including lighters and matches; or food or drink items (with an exception of meals for those with food allergies).
A limited number of lockers are available to share in the berthing compartments. Each group can bring several locks to secure their valuables and personal belongings. The Museum is NOT responsible for loss of personal items.
Please make arrangements for your group to meet on the pier at the same time. The group leader must arrive on time to receive program instructions. The check-in briefing and safety drill are an important part of your overnight experience. Special arrangements can be made for late arrivals by contacting the Live-Aboard Director at email@example.com
Weekend (Saturdays) Schedule – Plan to organize on the pier by 4:30pm to begin your evening program with boarding at 5:00pm.
Weeknight (Wed – Fri) Schedule – Plan to organize on the pier by 5:30pm to begin your evening program with boarding at 6:00pm.
Driving directions are available online.
Overnight gear is not allowed on the ship before 5 PM and private vehicles are not allowed on the pier. Parking is available across the street and participants are expected to carry sleeping bags and other gear on board at the appointed time. The Live-Aboard Program is conducted in a fun-spirited, organized manner; falling in, stowing your gear, and following orders are all part of this unique and memorable experience.
Wristbands will be issued upon arrival and must be worn at all times while aboard USS Hornet. The wristband gives you in-out privileges during museum hours on the second day.
All participants must participate in an emergency evacuation drill. (MANDATORY).
Due to the historical nature of the ship, handicap access is extremely limited. For more information, please see our Accessibility page.
Museum staff will be onsite and available in case of emergency. After-hour or emergency contact can be made by calling the Security Desk at (510) 521-8448 x 226.
Many events take place aboard USS Hornet and it is possible that a banquet, dance, cocktail reception, or other function may be scheduled during your visit. On such occasions, your group activities will remain separated from the event area.
Cost of Programs
All prices include dinner and breakfast in the original crew’s mess hall, tours throughout the ship, a ride in our flight simulator, a frame worthy certificate of participation and coupon for a future daytime visit, as well as a commemorative patch and year rocker for all youth attending the program.