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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.


James Rivers

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Went there for an office party and the place is amazing. A great place to take the kids and teach them a bit of history. Lots to see and I would recommend getting the guided tour. Also reserve lots of time (3hrs) so you can see it all. I would have liked to explore more, but there are only so many hours in a day.

Mitch Sprague

Monday, April 30, 2018
If you are any sort of history or aviation buff you will enjoy this quite a bit. Tour the "Island", the hangar deck, or the engineering deck with the assistance of very knowledgeable guides who know the history of the ship and the inner workings of an air craft carrier. Don't go hungry, there are only vending machines for snacks. Special thanks to Ray who was both well informed and added a dose of humour to the tour.

Markus Kettner

Monday, May 21, 2018
Amazing experience. The carrier feels like it’s just been decommissioned, you get to walk around the entire thing and have access to nearly everything. The guides are fantastic. There aren’t many people there so you don’t have any lines and can take pictures without being disturbed. The most touristy things are some soda vending machines and a small gift shop. Feels very much like a secret tip, it probably is because it’s very much in the middle of nowhere. Highly recommended.

Kyle Cate

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We had planned on only spending a few hours here but ended up staying from open to close. Incredible history! Ask for Willie Sharp he is one amazing guy with some great stories. You will not be disappointed.

Branda DesChamps

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Sweet spot to walk around. Spectacular views of the City at anytime of day or night. Can fish at the end of the pier if that floats your boat. The museum costs a lot but you can walk around the entire ship for free and still enjoy the views. It's a great little area to explore. There is an awesome view of the City from a variety of angles. Additionally, there are other boats moored nearby that are also interesting to look at; although you cannot go inside of them. There area is kind of hidden in Alameda, so there isn't a lot of traffic and you almost feel like you're not supposed to be there, but it is part of the public shoreline.

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