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USS Hornet Museum

707 West Hornet Avenue


The mission of the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation (ACHF) is to restore the U.S.S. Hornet, a National Historic Landmark, for use as a U.S. Naval Air and Sea Museum, a naval historical and technology education center, and much-loved ceremonial ship. Our goal is to preserve for current and future generations of Americans the proud legacy of Hornet, and the distinguished tradition of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. We will establish Hornet as a community resource -- a teacher of naval history, science, and leadership for young people, an important cultural event center, and an intriguing people-friendly family recreation and entertainment destination.


The foremost artifact is the Hornet herself and we will not obscure any aspect of the ship.

Our core collection will include:

A portrayal of the U.S.S. Hornets since 1775, with an emphasis on CV-8 and CV-12 through World War II, the 1950s, and the 1960s, including without Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 recoveries.

Displays of aircraft that have operated off Hornet and other Essex-class carriers.

The operational history of all other Essex-class carriers.

The history of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces in the Pacific and Far East.


ghostie girl 707

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
This is one of my favorite places to visit ! I've attended the Paracon every year, and I really encourage doing one of the overnight tours. It's a cool experience to sleep in the same bunks and eat in the chow hall like the sailors did. The guides are great, very informative and extremely interesting. Be advised the stairs are fairly steep with only chains to hold on to and there are many doorways that you have to step over about a foot. But if you are interested in history go and explore this ship. It's amazing and I can't wait to bring my kids here !

Stefan Hosemann

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
A great place to go. A lot to explore, even if you're not that much into the Navy or history,... It's just really cool to see everything on the big aircraft carrier. Kids enjoy it as well since the labyrinthian like interior brings something new around every corner. The flight simulator is pretty nice, a little too expensive, considering it's only 10 minutes, but still worth it. Great time in that museum!

Chris E

Saturday, July 28, 2018
We took the Histories Mysteries tour and returned the next day to do the regular museum and tours. Fascinating to see how large the carriers were and now they're twice as big! Enjoyed the docents and their stories. Great knowledge of how these huge ships worked. Just amazing.

Maxfield Atturio

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Our tour guide, Bob, was knowledgeable, friendly, respectful and patient. The USS Hornet is a marvel in itself so the tour guide really has to be on par with this marvel of history. The Hornet is amazing, the technology is so cool to explore. It's kept in a way that suggests it's still in use without any campy setup scenes. You get the feel of a moving machine where hundreds of people can live and function. I was quite blown away by the tour. Will be attending again.

Carlos Rios

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A Bay Area must! You are free to roam most of the ship. There are lots of aircraft you can get up close to. Lots of free guided tours. I've been here three times and haven't seen all of it. I learn something new with every visit. Veterans who were part of the crew give the tours. The staff is very friendly.

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