The Museum’s growing collection consists of over 20,00 artifacts include USS Hornet herself, aircraft, documents, photographs, military decorations and commendations, uniforms, cruise books, plane models, firearms, and personal crew ephemera. Most of our donations come from former crewmembers or their surviving family members intending to preserve these items for future generations.

The Museum has also opened a Research Library. With advanced reservations, guests can investigate primary source material in our archives that includes historical naval and aircraft books, cruise books, photo albums, reference books, historical newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and USS Hornet publications from her time during service.

Our team is also working diligently to preserve the personal histories of veterans who served aboard USS Hornet or her sisters. Please visit the Oral Histories tab for more information.

The Museum’s Collecting Goals

Our Museum is proud to own a robust collection, but consequently has nearly full collection storage spaces. Because of this, we are limited in what new objects we are able to accept. Typically, we try to accept archives and objects that fall under the following subject matters:

1) Items related to identified crewmen during their time aboard USS Hornet.

2) Items related to Hornet’s sister ships such as USS Essex, Yorktown, Intrepid, Franklin, Ticonderoga, Randolph, Lexington, Bunker Hill, Wasp, Hancock, Bennington, Boxer, Bon Homme Richard, Leyte, Kearsarge, Oriskany, Antietam, Princeton, Shangri-la, Lake Champlain, Tarawa, Valley Forge, and Philippine Sea.

3) Exceptional items produced by the U.S. Navy or used by sailors between WWII and 1970: USS Hornet’s commissioned years.

4) Exceptional items related to World War II and the U.S. Navy.

5) Items related to the NASA Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 Space programs.

Object Donations

If you have items you are wishing to donate to the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum’s permanent collection, please contact the Collections & Exhibitions Department.

[email protected]

Artifacts in the Permanent Collection


Veterans who served during WWII are members of the ‘Greatest Generation’ and have varied and unique experiences to share. To capture these stories, the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum has launched an Oral Histories Program. The goal is to preserve the personal histories of veterans who served aboard Hornet for future generations. Once completed, the Oral Histories will be cataloged in our Research Library, used in future exhibits, shared on our website, and offered to the Library of Congress to be preserved.

If you, or someone you know, has a relevant story to tell, let us know! We are actively seeking candidates to participate in this Oral Histories Program. Please contact us for further information at: 捕鱼大作战[email protected] or (510) 521-8448 x 235.


See a collection of our Oral Histories below 


The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum now has a Research Library available for visitors to further research information related to WWII, naval aviation, USS Hornet, or her sister ships.

If you have a research inquiry or would like to schedule an appointment to visit the Research Library, please contact: [email protected] or call (510) 521-8448 x 235.

Use of the Research Library is charged by the hour, with additional costs for scanning, copying, and printing. 捕鱼大作战Museum Members can wave the initial usage fee by providing their membership number.

USS Hornet History

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