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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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  • I want to see the USS Hornet and I knew part of her history. I took a tour by Alan which was truly gave a better insight into not only the ship but how an aircraft carrier operations run  more »
  • This was my first time to visit a decommissioned aircraft carrier. I was particularly surprised to learn the Hornet picked up Neil Armstrong (and team) after returning from the moon. The volunteer...  more »
  • In the area on business and stumbled on this majestic carrier by accident. It was fantastic. We visited on a September weekday, so virtually no crowd. Plenty of time to talk to the volunteers, most of which served on similar crafts, so they were incredibly well informed. We spent about three hours total on site, and could have easily spent 3 more. We happened to get there in time for an excellent, guided tour of the engine room. That took 90-120 minutes by itself and I don't think we covered everything. Upper control room was not accessible, but would love to go back to finish what we started. Thanks to all who support this wonderful piece of history. Glad they didn't turn her into a reef.
  • Unique experience at this museum inside on a aircraft carrier. We took some of the tours. Tony was an excellent docent and a very interesting fellow. It's wondeful to have someone with first hand experience leading the tour. Because of the setting, we really got a feel for the ship. The view of San Francisco was lovely.

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