USS Hornet Museum
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.
I had an amazing trip to the USS HORNET yesterday. They had their annual commemoration ceremony for the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and remembering those who died on that fateful day. Part of the program were two speakers who were there during the attack; a woman who was a young girl at the time and man who was a 17 year old Navy enlistee. Their detailed stories really took you back to that day. It was a superb program. I went there with my good friend, Dennis Burns, who is a docent on the Hornet. He drove his restored 1941 Dodge staff car, displayed it along with his war memorabilia and answered questions in conjunction with program of the day. His knowledge of the war and the ship was very impressive. I highly recommend a visit to the Hornet and especially the annual December 7th commemoration ceremony.
Absolutely amazing experience. You can tell these guys have a passion for this museum. If you've ever been to a WW2 ship museum before and only a small part of the ship is open, this is not one of them. Most of the vessel is open along with most of the important compartments. The sheer size of the Essex class carrier is on display and well worth a visit for any person looking for a trip back in time.
Monster Bash was a great date with my wife. Dancing, adult refreshments, ghost tour and haunted sick bay/ zombies were an entertaining evening. Will do it again. The ship exhibits were interesting and I will see them on a regular visit day.
An amazing piece of history that makes for an extremely interesting visit. I would highly recommend having a guided tour as all the staff are former sailors and you are taken to otherwise restricted areas of the vessel. The only problem is that it is hard (but not impossible) to reach with public transport and there is a distinct lack of sign posts. Maybe a few more items in the shop as well? However, I really enjoyed visiting and think that people should go out of their way to pay the Hornet a visit.
This museum is a gem in Alameda! I have done tours on naval ships before, but this experience was head and shoulders above the rest. We went on one guided tour of the control tower, which was fascinating. Also, we stumbled across a docent who wasn't currently leading a tour. He took at least half an hour to show us all around the flight deck, explaining in detail how the catapults worked, where the signal lights are, and all about his experience as a fighter pilot. Our entire visit was incredibly informative and memorable. Special kudos to our unofficial guide.