Located at 707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, the USS Hornet Sea, Air, and Space Museum offers visitors a chance to get a glimpse at one of the most important ships in American history. The USS Hornet was a ship that helped the United States win the Second World War, and even helped during the Space Race. The ship is now docked in Alameda and has turned from a weapon of war to being a wonderful gift to the public. Let’s take a look at the background of the USS Hornet Museum, what you should know about visiting it, and what people have to say about it.
The USS Hornet was an aircraft carrier built in 1943 for the US Navy during WWII and served in most of the major battles of the Pacific Theater. The USS Hornet was badly damaged by a typhoon, ending her service during the war. She later participated in Operation Magic Carpet, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the recovery of the Astronauts during the return trips of the Apollo Missions. Needless to say, the USS Hornet had a long career of service and has a large legacy to its name that makes it worthy of having its own museum.
The USS Hornet was decommissioned in 1970 and was designated as a national landmark in the early 1990s. In 1998, the USS Hornet was finally converted into the USS Hornet Museum that we know today. Since it’s christening as a museum, the USS Hornet has been featured in a number of TV series and Hollywood movies over the years. It was also designated as a California State Historic Landmark and was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Essentially, the USS Hornet is a fully-fledged landmark, as it deserves to be.
The USS Hornet Sea, Air, and Space Museum offer a wide array of things for you and your family to do when you visit. The first thing you’ll encounter when you visit this historic Alameda landmark is the number of aircraft on exhibit. Among them are the very aircraft that the USS Hornet would have carried on it during its many years in service. Located on both the flight deck and the inner hanger, you can get up close and personal with the many planes that blazed a trail through history.
Their exhibits also feature artifacts and historical presentations on the USS Hornet. One exhibit details the history of the previous USS Hornet (CV-8), which was sunk and lost for decades. Other exhibits feature artifacts such as items and clothing used by sailors on the USS Hornet, re-entry capsules from the Apollo missions, and many other significant items that are sure to impress all who explorer this magnificent Alameda wonder.
One other thing that should be noted is the variety of events and themed tours that the museum offers to visitors. Among them are escape room puzzles, overnight camping tours, and many limited time events. Normal tours are also available, so be sure to check their site before you go to plan your trip.
Getting to Silva & Associates from USS Hornet Museum
via Willie Stargell Ave
- Take W Oriskany Ave to Central Ave
- Head north on Ferry Point toward W Ticonderoga Ave
- Turn right onto W Oriskany Ave
- Follow Main St and Willie Stargell Ave to Mariner Square Loop
- Turn left onto Central Ave
- Use any lane to turn slightly left onto Main St
- Turn right onto Willie Stargell Ave
- Turn left onto Mariner Square Loop
- Turn right onto Marina Village Pkwy
- Turn right
- Slight right