Stay the Night Aboard USS Hornet!

Come aboard and experience a night in the life of a sailor on a WWII aircraft carrier! We offer the ultimate overnight experience for scouts, youth groups, friends, and families!

  • Sleep in restored sleeping compartments where the real Hornet crew lived
  • Enjoy Dinner and Breakfast in the Crew’s Mess
  • Learn about this famous aircraft carrier’s daring exploits
  • Tour key areas in the ship and the historical naval aircraft on board
  • Learn about NASA’s Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 space missions that put the first humans on the Moon
  • Ride the Flight Simulator
  • Earn a special crew member Patch & Certificate!
  • Ample Free Parking

For scheduled Overnight dates, visit our捕鱼大作战 Events Calendar.

For additional information, please review our General Information Packet.

Questions? Email [email protected].


Live-Aboard Program

Come aboard and spend the night living with history with the ultimate overnight adventure! The Museum’s Live-Aboard Overnight Program was one of the first of its kind and a model for overnight Museum adventures.

Explore the decks of this famous World War II ship from the Captain’s Bridge to our Sickbay as you walk in the footsteps of astronauts and heroes aboard the ship that proudly recovered the first men to walk on the Moon, the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts.

The Live-Aboard program includes an evening tour, breakfast and dinner in the original Enlisted Mess, late-night ghost stories, and more!

All Live-Aboard guests must be at least 7 years old.


STEM Night Ops Program

Ever wonder how an aircraft carrier works? Bring your students aboard for an unforgettable night of STEM learning! Pack your sleeping bag and toothbrush and prepare for adventure!

During the Night Ops Overnight your students will visit select areas of the ship to see various spaces and systems and discuss the science and engineering behind them. As the students move around the ship, they will participate in several hands-on science stations and demonstrations by our STEM Team to illustrate the science behind USS Hornet.

All STEM Night Ops Guests must be at least 7 years old.


Boiler and Engine Room

  • Powering the ship
  • Thermodynamics, energy transfer/conversion, turbines, power

Catapult Room

  • Machinery for launching planes
  • Kinetic/potential energy, hydraulics/pneumatics, mechanical advantage

Flight Deck

  • On-deck catapult, launching/recovering planes
  • Kinetic /potential energy, forces, optics (Fresnel lens system)


  • Navigation systems, radar, sonar, sound-powered phones
  • Waves, communications

CPO Mess

  • Hydraulics/Pneumatic
  • Electromagnetism
  • Magnets, field paper, motor, generator, induction tubes, ring throw

Cost of Programs

捕鱼大作战All prices include Dinner and Breakfast in the original Crew’s Mess, tours throughout the ship, a ride in our Flight Simulator, a frame worthy Certificate, and a commemorative Patch for all youth attending the program. Our pricing tiers are determined by your group type:


$80 per person for Museum Members/$100 per person for Non-Members.

For individual family groups not affiliated with an established youth organization.


$65 to $85 per person

For established youth organizations and schools。


$100 per person.

Adult groups such as friend groups, company excursions, and more can stay aboard overnight–no kids needed!


Program Availability & Restrictions

To check on scheduled overnight programs, please visit our Museum Calendar or click on our , which has an embedded calendar featuring program dates.

Our overnight programming is available to any organized group (scouts, schools, churches, etc.) and to family units on specific “Small Group Overnight” dates. There is a 30-person minimum if you book on a custom date that does not yet have a scheduled program. All participants must be at least 7 years of age.


All organized groups must provide a tour permit or proof of insurance that names the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation as an additional insured. Siblings, friends, or other guest are welcome provided they are also covered by the group’s insurance. This does not apply to individual families.


We offer a tiered rate for organized youth groups (see above for details). This price includes dinner and breakfast in the original crew’s mess hall, tours, a ride in the flight simulator, a commemorative patch and certificate, and coupon for a future visit! A deposit of $15 per person is required to secure a date for your group and will be applied toward the total cost.

Adult Leader/Camper Ratio

A minimum of one adult leader is required for every 6 youth guests (groups with children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult at a 1:1 ratio)。 Children must be supervised at all times。 Be prepared to organize into parent/youth teams for crew assignments。

Meal Options & Allergies

Standard Dinner Menu:

  • Spaghetti with Marinara (red) Sauce
  • Meatballs on the side
  • Green Salad with options of Italian or Ranch Dressing
  • Sliced Garlic Bread
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Bottled Water

Standard Breakfast Menu:

  • Breakfast Burrito that contains:
    • Hash Browns
    • Scrambled Eggs
    • Cheese
  • Apple
  • Juice (Grape, Orange, or Cranberry)
  • Bottled Water
  • Coffee for guests 18 and over

Important Information:

  • We can only accommodate vegetarians
  • If you are a vegan, gluten free, etc. you will need to bring your own meal options. We have a fridge and microwave for your convenience.
  • While the eating area (Mess Deck) is a nut free area and our food is prepared by a nut free caterer; there are vending machines onboard which serve items that contain nuts.

Sleeping Areas and other Facilities

Our overnight guests get the unique opportunity to sleep in our ship’s original enlisted sleeping compartments! This does mean that it will be very much like group camping in one large room and individual family groups will share a single compartment, though there will be room to spread out。

Each organized group or youth group will likely receive their own . You may have to share the compartment with another group. Female guests may choose to sleep in a separate compartment.

Please be aware that you may experience normal ship noises such as creaks and groans during the night.

Equipment to Bring

The berthing compartments are equipped with canvas covered “racks” with foam mattresses. Each person should bring a pillow, sleeping bag, and extra blanket in cold weather, toiletries, hand towel, flashlight, a jacket, and a warm hat in cold weather. Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

Please Do Not Bring

Please do not bring any electronic devices including hairdryers; laser pointers; knives; open flame devices including lighters and matches; or food or drink items (with an exception of meals for those with food allergies).


A limited number of lockers are available to share in the berthing compartments。 Each group can bring several locks to secure their valuables and personal belongings。 The Museum is NOT responsible for loss of personal items。

Arrival Time

Please make arrangements for your group to meet on the pier at the same time. The group leader must arrive on time to receive program instructions. The check-in briefing and safety drill are an important part of your overnight experience. Special arrangements can be made for late arrivals by contacting [email protected].

Weekend (Saturdays) Schedule – Plan to organize on the pier by 4:30pm to begin your evening program with boarding at 5:00pm.

Weeknight (Wed – Fri) Schedule – Plan to organize on the pier by 5:30pm to begin your evening program with boarding at 6:00pm.

Driving directions are available online.


Overnight gear is not allowed on the ship before 5 PM on Saturdays/6 PM on weekdays and private vehicles are not allowed on the pier。 Parking is available across the street and participants are expected to carry sleeping bags and other gear on board at the appointed time。 Our overnight programs are conducted in a fun-spirited, organized manner; falling in, stowing your gear, and following orders are all part of this unique and memorable experience。

Group ID

Wristbands will be issued upon arrival and must be worn at all times while aboard USS Hornet. The wristband gives you in-out privileges during museum hours on the second day.

Safety Drill

All participants must participate in an emergency evacuation drill. (MANDATORY).

Handicap Access

Due to the historical nature of the ship, handicap access is extremely limited. For more information, please see our 捕鱼大作战Accessibility page.


Museum staff will be onsite and available in case of emergency. After-hour or emergency contact can be made by calling the Security Desk at (510) 521-8448 x 226.

Coinciding Events

Many events take place aboard USS Hornet and it is possible that a banquet, dance, cocktail reception, or other function may be scheduled during your visit. On such occasions, your group activities will remain separated from the event area.

Headcount Changes, Late Payments, & Cancellations

As of 1 July 2018 all new reservations are subject to our Overnight Programs Policies on Headcount Changes & Late Payments.

Please review them HERE.

If you have any questions, please email us: [email protected] 

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