Alameda, California: Carrier USS Hornet, Prints of Moon MenWar weary, lunar germ-exposed, haunted aircraft carrier is open for tours.
USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier Museum
- 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, CA
- USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier Museum, Pier 3, Alameda Point. From Webster St. turn right on Central Avenue, go about 3/5ths of a mile, left on Central Avenue, right on Oriskany Ave out to the point, follow signs.
- Daily 10 am - 5 pm. Limited access Tu. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Carrier USS Hornet, Prints of Moon Men
Yes, you too can walk on Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong's footsteps aboard the Hornet. They're painted and lead to the astronauts' Mobile Quarantine Facility (a converted Airstream trailer) -- you can look in the windows to see the dusty upholstery in Harvest Gold and Sunset Orange.
Ex-sailors lead tours of the ship, and it's popular with Boy Scouts, etc. for sleep overs. Bring a jacket and comfortable shoes; it's windy on the bay and you'll be going up and down a lot of narrow stairs. Very little of the ship is wheelchair-accessible, and don't even think of bringing a stroller.[Betsy Brazy, 11/29/2004]
According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, The USS Hornet, which has been a floating museum in Alameda, CA open to the public since 1998, is wracked with ghosts! About 200 sightings have been made over the past five years, since the famous Navy vessel was saved from the scrap metal yards and restored. Experts say they are probably ghosts of deceased servicemen who once served aboard the old aircraft carrier.... [08/13/2000] Complete News Story
In other mothball news, the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet will become a museum in Alameda, California, open to the public in August, 1998. The Hornet is a superstar vessel of the US Navy, seeing action throughout the Pacific Theater during World War II, holding back the tide of Communism during the Vietnam War, and harrying the enemy during a variety of smaller skirmishes.... [06/07/1998] Complete News Story