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USS Hornet Museum, Alameda

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Experience the life of a sailor at USS Hornet Museum, the aircraft carrier that participated in the Apollo 11 space mission. Ask a docent to show you where President Nixon watched the recovery operation of the Apollo 11 crew. You can even spend the night on the ship, sleeping in bunk beds and eating in the crew's mess. Exhibits include documents from the moon exploration missions, aircraft from the 1940s through the 1980s, and helicopters. To learn more about the history of the ship, watch a short video in the orientation area. Be prepared to descend some steep stairs to get into the ship's engineering spaces. PutUSS Hornet Museum into our Alameda online itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This aircraft carrier is a must-see. There are fighter jets, the actual Apollo modules, exhibits of memorabilia from actual battles (donated by families of men who served), and so much to see and... 
    This aircraft carrier is a must-see. There are fighter jets, the actual Apollo modules, exhibits of memorabilia from actual battles (donated by families of men who served), and so much to see and...  more »
  • It is a very interesting visit. Lots of old planes inside, and we went with a toddler granddaughter and she had lots of fun playing in the huge deck. 
    It is a very interesting visit. Lots of old planes inside, and we went with a toddler granddaughter and she had lots of fun playing in the huge deck.  more »
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  • Excellent place to visit! My boyfriend and I spent nearly 5 hours here to take in everything. Rich history, so much to see from planes on the flight deck and inside, Apollo missions, WWII history, sister ship exhibits, the post office, sick bay, crews quarters and so so much more. Stairs are sometimes steep and narrow and passages are tight but as a larger woman I didn't have too much trouble. We took the island tour and Bruce was amazing! Super knowledgeable, answered all our questions, knew fun facts and had great stories. He took his time showing us around. Highly recommend!!
  • It was a really amazing expansive place. If you want to read everything it could take days. Ask questions and explore, you can pay extra for a led tour. We spent 3 hours on our own and didn't see everything. I can't wait to go back and do a vip tour. They offer random tours, some that show you off limits parts, but those are usually run once a month so check their website. Make sure to visit the special room dedicated to the history of our Japanese soldiers. You can get on board (with help) in a wheelchair or walker. But you won't get to see much of the ship. It still would be awesome to see the planes in the center hanger. But much of the ship is down narrow corridors with straight vertical staircases. It could be challenging if you have a mobility issue but I'd say don't let that stop you from seeing some of it.

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